10-1 History of Life on Earth

10-1 History of Life on Earth - 9/30/2010 My goals &...

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9/30/2010 1 Cornelius W. Sullivan, Ph.D. Professor AHF 209F [email protected] Office Hours M&W 11:30am to 12:30pm Big picture vs Big Story Your career goals: to succeed Learning in the life sciences Biology for majors (BISC 120) vs non- majors (102) Future hurdles: think & act strategically Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.) A license to practice some philosophy Careers in science & related fields Senior member of the BISC 120 team-experience- yes but………. wisdom? Defining success Setting goals & working to attain them Science is a human endeavor Imagine Think • “See” vs “look” Question Test Describe Share Science is an intellectual adventure
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9/30/2010 2 Human perspectives Anthropocentric view , ours is often a myopic view: look well beyond yourself. Are humans truly at the top of the tree of life? Most biomass on Earth is prokaryotic , has existed longer 3.7 byr, prokaryotes have far greater biodiversity than we & occupy all environments of Earth’s biosphere. Are prokaryotes dependant on us or we on them? Frankly, you’re full of it! • Prokaryote cells in you are 10X #’s of your cells Earth once believed the center of the solar system! As a scientist it is often good to practice a
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