About:Jessica DiBacco presents the Science of nature as art, and, with seven books at seven leve...
Jessica DiBacco presents the Science of nature as art, and, with seven books at seven leve...View More
Description: Welcome to the world child, you are part of nature.
You carry on parts of me like seeds in a flower.
I fostered your development like a plant grows fruit.
I'll now be your anchor and support you like a root.
I'll uphold you like trees hold their branches to the light.
I'll be there to offer guidance like the stars at night.
You made my life sweeter than bees can make honeycomb.
You made me a mother, my body was your first home.
A mother's love is in our nature, it's programmed in,
and you'll receive the love I transmit through oxytocin.
Between us, the love will flow like streams down a mountain,
with an abundance to fill the depths of an ocean.
Our lives are growing more intricate, like blooms unfurled.
I welcome you, miraculous child, to the world.
Description: "One way to get a good sense of who you are is to step out and look around. In 2005 a friend and I traveled the US with the desire to hike as many national parks as possible in one month. Embarking on this trip with very little plans and no agenda, we had a list of parks we wished to see. Having learned anticipation puts a limit on how wonderful an experience can be, we had a participatory attitude. Relinquishing control allows things to unfold in unimaginable ways. The more control we gave up the more we were reinforced by continually receiving results that exceeded expectation. The natural beauty of this vast and transforming continent lays a backdrop of contemplation by which to consider these mysteries of the universe. It's impossible to return to your routine the same person who left it. Once you've experienced feeling part of the grand design you can't unfeel it. The task is to bring back and apply the wonderment and purpose to all aspects of your life. Experiences must not be abandoned like boot prints left on some remote trail."
Description: In the warm, shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean
lives a squid with a lifelong symbiotic devotion.
A vital relationship that begins the day they hatch,
survival tied to one type of bacteria they catch.
This tiny squid must camouflage itself to hunt at night.
The bacteria are chosen because they give off light.
These microbes, that glow through a chemical mechanism,
are fed by the squid, so it’s really mutualism.
In this story the Hawaiian bobtail squid is the host,
and Vibrio fischeri is its guest with the most.
Why would this night hunter want to be illuminated?
So that their tiny shadow can be eliminated.
The squid blends seamlessly under the shimmering moonlight
by controlling their luminous output from dim to bright.
This fantastic exchange, enhancing both species fortune,
takes place in a void, within the squid, called the light organ.
Bacteria are sent to the light organ through a pore.
The squid hatch with appendages that assist with this chore.
Just hours after birth, the squid start producing mucus,
this attracts microbes, but fischeri is its focus.
The fischeri migrate to the light organ’s middle,
where their presence is made known through a chemical signal.
The squid’s pores will close in reaction to these messages,
and start to wither cells of their extra appendages.
Description: "In a whale’s tail you will find vestigial features,
abandoned body parts found in a lot of creatures.
A whale can’t walk but still possesses leg and hip bones.
Paleontologist accounted for these unknowns.
Whales also still have muscles to move external ears,
ones they haven’t had in over 50 million years.
These factors indicate whale ancestors walked on land,
then responded to evolutionary demands.
Environmental change is what drives evolution.
Organisms respond to change through adaptation.
Species adapt slowly through natural selection.
Only the fittest survive or they face extinction.
New organisms aren’t spontaneous creations.
They evolve through one of the forms of speciation.
Slow change over time is called anagenesis.
An isolated group changes through cladogenesis.
As one species slowly transitions to another,
intermediates in between the two species occur.
Distinctly different with common characteristics,
experts predict the physiology of these links.
World scientists dug up evidence for their queries,
contributing to form a full transition series.
Transition series exist for a few living things,
history written in fossils with the clues they bring.
Fossils can tell the story of their ecology,
and divulge details from their time’s climatology.
Fossils occur from specific and rare conditions,
rapid burial with degradation restrictions.
Preservation occurs within amber, ice, and tar,
or in sedimentary rock, like an old sea shore.
It takes expertise, exaction, and algorithms
to align a record for extinct organisms.
For scientists to conclude two species relate,
the vast majority of features must correlate.
At the same time they must be cognizant and cautious,
differences within species are hard to distinguish.
Like males and females can have a slightly different form,
and bodies can change completely from the time they’re born.
Careful reading of the fossil record tells the tale
of how a land dwelling mammal would become a whale."
Copyright 2018 Poetic Empiricist/Jessica DiBacco
Description: A new friend came over today and met my brother.
I've got lots of friends but could always use another.
But then, of course, my brother took serious offense,
when this new kid wouldn't stop joking at his expense.
"You could'a laughed along," I said after the boy left.
"What, and devalue myself for his little joke-fest?"
"Oh, you have a value? Like someone's gonna buy!"
"I know I'm one-of-one and that's a very low supply.
See, I value myself, where you seek validation.
Your friends control your worth and your belie f formation.
So much of what you do is done automatically.
You would act different if you processed things mentally."
I said, "at least my friends don't tell me I'm a robot"!
He said, "hold on, just listen because I'm really not".
Most people use automatic thoughts call heuristics.
There is actual research on this and statistics.
People seek rewards, they seek other's admiration,
they're easily influenced, and seek conformation."
"There are things with inherent valued called intrinsic.
Other things are just valuable when many think.
For example, take the most popular sneaker brands,
people will pay whatever a company demands.
The reward is to be admired and impress your friends."
To prove I was listening, I said, "or your girlfriends".
He rolled his eyes and said, "those are extrinsic rewards.
I won't trap myself longing for things I can't afford.
Pursuing more can lead you in the wrong direction,
like Jack, buying magic beans with all his possessions. "
"Like tulips were once worth 100,000 dollars,
not the flower, the bulb, like an onion but smaller.
In the 1630's, Holland went tulip crazy!
At the time, tulips were rare, not an average daisy.
People didn't buy them to plant, they bought them to sell.
They sold their lives for one bulb, they watched the bubble swell,
but soon, more bulbs were introduced and the market fell.
Some people sold before the burst, if they could foretell.
To those blindly seeking profit, it seemed abrupt. 1
Most of those left holding tulip bulbs became bankrupt."
"Did that really happen?" I asked very suspicious.
"It did, perfect example of social influence.
The bulbs never held any intrinsic value,
but be sure, there are many things in this world that do.
Things like precious metals, diamonds, even you and me.
Value increases the more rare a commodity."
"Aren't diamonds and jewelry just like expensive sneakers?"
"No, they're valuable for their inherent features.
Diamonds2 , the hardest thing on earth, make the best saw blades.
Platinum, gold, silver, metals in the precious grade,
are inert and resist corrosive destruction.
They're also the best for electrical conduction."
"How does that make us valuable, we're not metal?"
"Because no one has the same genes, it's fundamental.
We're all one-of-a-kind with a purpose to fulfill.
Who can count how many times in life you'll be useful!
Demand starts when useful things are in low quantity.
These are principles of a solid economy.
Knowing the demand will always exceed the supply,
is a good indication the value will stay high.4
Seeing your own rarity and the value you hold,
will make you realize that you are worth your weight in gold."
Description: What is the Science behind humor? Can Science make you a better comedian?
-- Video Transcript --
At dinner, my brother's been making everyone laugh.
He was never close to this funny, not even half.
He's supposed to be the smart one, when did this all start?
The family comedian has always been my part.
"What do you think you're doing?", I demanded to know.
"Practicing my humor, results are starting to show."
"Results! Is this just one of your experiments?"
"Science shows humor has predictable elements.
It's a powerful social tool and eases tension.
Funny people are seen as smart and gain affection.
Laughter is ancient and has many social aspects.
When others laugh, it creates a consensus effect.
Jokes can't be too realistically gross or vile.
I can teach you a few things to improve your style."
"Will you?" I said sarcastically. "Thank you for caring!"
"Of course," he said unbothered. "Science is for sharing.
A 200 year old theory by Schopenhauer,
is still a very accurate method for humor.
You want shock to arise out of the predictable.
That briefest moment of confusion is pivotal.
Listeners must recalibrate their perception.
Laughter then results from resolving this confusion. "
"When trying to be funny, there's rules to keep in mind.
The most important is the timing of the punchline.
The funniest jokes are presented like a story,
but one that is brief, arriving at the joke shortly.
Words and sounds are funnier when they are uncommon,
and words with "k” are the funniest, use them often.
The subject's well researched and these techniques are proven.
Humor is vital and universally human.”
Description: Animals have instincts, intelligences, and learned behaviors. If you know the appropriate ways to train an animal, you can even teach a fish tricks!
Since I signed up late for summer camp, Science was all they had.
It was an hour class, so I hoped it wouldn't be too bad,
But the Scientific Method? I have heard that all before.
The teacher said it's for an experiment she had in store.
We learned animals have different forms of intelligencies.
They also have different instincts and innate abilities.
We compared the size and wrinkles of a couple mammals' brains;
those are clues about the intelligence level it contains.
We'd be learning to teach an animal a trick she explained.
She taught us about conditioning, how animals are trained.
The quickest and most positive route is using a reward.
Not the punishments and lack of privileges we've all endured.
She told us every group would have their own fish to train.
We had to learn what fish could do and what motivate s their brain.
We designed an experiment we could do in an hour.
We would need a small hoop and fish rewards that would inspire.
The goal was our fish would swim through the hoop to the other side,
but the fish didn’t like the reward like we hypothesized.
Next we tested what color paper attracted and repelled.
The fish swam through three times, reacting to colors we held.
Description: "Differences in Time",Poetic Empiricist's longest book, begins with the formation of the solar system, details Earth’s history, sequences through the unfolding of diverse life, and explores what it is to be human. It covers a vast array of various science topics, history, and psychology; it even touches on death, consciousness and the soul. (50+ min)
Description: (Epilogue to "Differences in Time") An electric signal is sent as thoughts transpire, this measureable impulse is how thought sparks fire. Thoughts are powerful as energy makes them a thing. What you send out determines what the return will bring. Whether we’re believers of nothing, God, or Science, we’re participants in the universal conscious.
Description: In this world of illusion, everything can be made to seem opposite, conflicting. It causes confusion in those who are made to choose between things they can see are equally valid and valuable. Are Science and God opposed? Are the religions really that different? What is the reality of the whole picture in a larger frame?
Pulling from my own Poetic Empiricist books, "Differences in Time" and "Thought Sparks Fire", as well as various inspirational sources, Live 3D delineates the peaceful unity that exists among all things.
Description: Here we have a box, just like a compound, this box weighs no less than whatever is inside of it. If you know the weight of all the things inside the box, you know how much it weighs. The reactants in a chemical reaction will form a product and this compound or compounds will have a weight equal to the reactants. In the same way, we figure out the weight of a compound by adding the weight of its atoms. Once we establish a weight for a compound, we can use it for rate calculations. For example, if we know one unit of a product weighs 500g, then 2,000g would be 4 units. If we wanted to know how much 75 units weighs, it would be 75 * 500g which is 37,500g.