Categories & Flasks

 

  Categories

 

One thing to keep in mind with the content of Tyson’s Walk is that the categories are not absolute, and that’s not a bad thing. One of our goals is to show that there are many ideas which aren’t narrowly constrained; you can go up or down the scale of related ideas and grasp the greater picture. This vagueness is best explained by an XKCD comic:

It’s up to the author to decide, contextually, where a topic best fits.


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Entries focusing on The Scientific Method. How Science works. Why Science is important. Understanding our history and shortcomings.
 

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History of Science as told through the stories of great scientists and great experiments

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Discussion pieces by our writers, ranging from hypotheses and zen of Science to commenting on Science news

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Understanding the purpose/necessity of the Scientific Method by understanding the challenges inherent to our perceptive shortcomings & biases

imageA description of the universe, as we best understand it from the Methods of Science. Knowledge is the fundamental product of Science.
 

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The stars, the Planets & the Cosmos

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Life, Critters & Replicators

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Atoms, Molecules & their interactions

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Geology & the Environment

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Structure, Design & Construction

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The formal language of science and relationships


Forces and fundamentals of the human scale & the quantum scale



 
 
 

  Flasks

 

The Flask system is a way of categorizing posts into levels of science intricacy: How complicated the idea/concept is, and how much you already need to know to understand it.

The Flask system does not imply a range of quality. One should never infer that a 1 or 2 Flask rated article is somehow less valuable than a 4 or 5. Some of the most profound ideas of science are simple & accessible to everyone.

This site exists for us to share the multitude of wonders, between the profound simplicities to the astounding details.


   

1x Flask • Fundamental/Cursory
Core, basic ideas of science. Posts in this range will attempt to cast a broad net of explanation on a topic.


   

2x Flask • Novice
Expanding upon core ideas in greater detail/interconnection. An average adult, a decade beyond their last formal dabblings or casual interests in science


   

3x Flask • Science Literate
A rounded foundation of science knowledge retained from secondary/post-secondary education.


   

4x Flask • Armchair Science
Advanced Discussion and complex ideas. Casual dabbling in serious science and topics which delve into the bizzare and difficult to comprehend (Quantum, quantum everywhere)


   

5x Flask • Serious Business
Discussions from professionals. Insight on the intricate details of a field, or the most complex of scientific ideas.

 

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