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Analyzing the obvious

Soccer is  a sport.

When i searched the question, Why is soccer a sport? It didn’t exactly give me results to why soccer is actually a sport, but it did lead me to a different question that had a connection to my obvious statement and gave me many different articles that gave reasons to why soccer is better than any other sport and also why its the worst sport.  I clicked on the first article that was called 10 reasons why soccer is better than any other sport and it included reasons like popularity, easy to learn, global reach and because its an olympic sport. All of those different reasons had already helped me to come up with other questions on my topic. Throughout  my research I came up with a variety of questions like, Which countries had soccer as there most popular sport, How many total leagues there are all around the world and when was soccer invented?

This assignment made me realize how much different information the internet and computer can give you on a simple topic. As you read and find the answers to a question you automatically find  new and different information that leads you to many other questions.

Analyzing the Obvious

Question: Why does rainbow have 7 colors?

I started by searching that question on Google search engine. After 0.43 seconds, I got 2,970,000 search results. Most of the sites says the reason is that the white light from the sun hits water droplets in the atmosphere and by its nature, light refracts to the change in medium, thus result a curved shape bridge with different colors. However, since the color differences are too subtle, human eye can only distinghuished 7 colors instead of its infinite colors. I went on for some more questions about rainbow and broaden my question more to color topic. From my research, I learnt that how we see color or how objects pertain such colors the way they are because of different wavelength of light be absorbed by the objects and the rest reflected to human eyes while part of our eye’s cell like rods and cones are in charge of light detecting which helps us perceive colors. Then I suddenly I realized my concern started to shift to more historic topic like life evolution.

Along the process, sometimes I don’t know where to go next, I would type some related matters I found in previous articles in the search bar and Google would provide me more suggestions. Sometimes the suggestions are expected, sometimes they aren’t, sometimes they are inspiring. Since computers and Internet space are designed to “learn” from previous experience by calculating and associating people’s search/visit history (I am not sure if that is a fascinating thing or not) and with huge, interconnected database that receives distribution and being used worldwide, searching questions and suggestions are wide variety, relevance, and available. The computer was indeed a compass that guiding me toward right direction yet I am still in charge of deciding what path I want to take. That was how my question started from color of rainbow and got all the way to life evolution.

Analyzing the Obvious

I’m a big fan of sleeping. I searched the question “Why do we need sleep?” As I read that, I wondered about dreams and why we dream. I was intrigued because there was no exact answer in the article. Instead, there are a variety of theories. The theories surround the topics of physiology and psychology. There were theories from Freud; he theorized that dreams were based off sexual desires and symbolism. Then, I remembered how I used to sleepwalk and I looked up, if dreams occur while sleepwalking. I found that because of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, our bodies are in a paralysis state so we don’t act out our dreams.

The last thing I thought of were babies and if they dream and/or have nightmares. When I searched that, I didn’t really find anything about that topic as much as I found things about babies sleep. I found that babies couldn’t tell the difference between night and day so they sleep according to their eating schedule. As I did my search, I knew the answers to most of my research but the articles and websites elaborated on everything I already knew. I felt like I was in charge and I chose what I wanted to search. Since I used Google, I wasn’t limited in my research. The computer offered me unlimited sources and I utilized them to my benefit. (The screenshots may be blurry, just click on them and a clear view will be displayed in another window).

Analyzing the Obvious

Analyzing the Obvious

Obvious statement: ice is cold.

Question: Why is ice cold?

Here’s a screenshot of my search:

I started with a pretty obvious statement that led me to an interesting answer: ice is “not really” cold but it feels cold to our human touch because of our body temperature. This response made me wonder if there’s a species to which ice does not feel is cold as to humans. I googled “does ice feel cold to all animals” and the answer is “it depends.” Some animals, like seals, sea lions and walruses have physiological adaptations to cold climates, while others have behavioral adaptations, like whales and dolphins. However, I feel like the answer I got didn’t really answer my question, but I imagine is pretty hard for scientists to figure out what a nonverbal animal is feeling.

Maybe I didn’t get the answer I was looking for because the verb “feel” is very ambiguous and I should have found a better way to ask that question. It’s hard to translate inquisitive, “mind” questions to “Google” questions, especially when we are so used to having Google complete our questions for us. I feel that, the longer and more subjective a question is, the least helpful/straightforward will the answers be. In a way that’s good because it encourages me to research and read more, but on the other hand it takes a lot of time.

Still under the same question I clicked on an article that explained why dogs’ paws don’t freeze when they walk on ice or snow. According to the article, dogs have a lot of fat on their paws that helps insulate heat in their bodies, and they also have a special adaptation called a “counter-current heat exchange system.” Basically, the arteries leading blood to the paws are surrounded by veins, that bring the blood back to the heart. The heat contained in the arterial blood emanates to the neighboring veins, thus making it slightly warmer as it would be if this network was not in place. However, the article explains that domestic dogs may lose this adaptation to cold due to living in heated houses with their humans, so owners should take special precautions to make sure their dogs don’t suffer when taking walks in the winter.

Learning this about domestic dogs made me wonder if people living in different environments have different reactions to cold weather. I googled “do some people feel colder than others” and the Cliff notes version is yes, some people are naturally inclined to feel colder than others in the same environment. But again that’s not I meant to get at with my question. I wanted to know if someone from Costa Rica would feel colder in the same room as someone from Norway, for example. I just didn’t know how to formulate this question. I felt compelled to simplify my question as much as possible to get a lot of possible responses from Google, but then I got none that answered my question. Of course, it’s my own fault for not being clearer and more specific, but I feel that Google should have predicted what I really  meant because, well, that’s what it does!

The reason I wanted to know if someone from a warmer climate would feel colder than someone from a colder climate is because I used to feel a lot colder when I first moved to the US but now I have “adapted.” I don’t need 6 layers of clothes in the winter anymore, only 4. So I changed my question and googled “can humans adapt to cold weather.”  Well, of course we can because we have already. The Inuits live in one of the worst climates and they’re still kickin’ it under their fur coats. But the long article I ended up reading didn’t really answer my question, because I meant adaptation on an individual level and not a population level. I should’ve known better because obviously no research is done on a single subject, duh.

What I learned from this experience is that 1) I need to ask more specific questions; 2) I need to be more patient when looking for answers, and 3) I need to be able to interpret general answers to my own experience if I am to get a straight answer that means something to me. Unfortunately we do not have full “man-computer symbiosis” yet, because if we did I think my search would have been more complete and straightforward. If my computer had known exactly what I was asking I could have gotten a better answer. But for now I’ll need to work on research skills to get more out of Google.

Analyzing the Obvious

The ocean is blue

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Why is the ocean blue? (Because fish goes “blue blue blue”)

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First of all, the reason why ocean is blue is depends on the absorption of sunlight. ” In water, absorption is strong in the red and weak in the blue, thus red light is absorbed quickly in the ocean leaving blue.” (http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/oceanography/living-ocean/ocean-color/)

I feel like I worked the same way as the last Wikipedia activity. Computer has endless knowledge, but I am controlling the computer by knowing what I should research. It’s like the same process when we were working on the Wikipedia. I look for something interested me then question what it is. I wouldn’t usually question something if I already had answer for it.

I came up some random “leaps” such as radiation and neuropathic. These “leaps” actually have nothing to do with my statement. I just found that it might be interesting to know about it. Honestly, i feel like I am restricted by doing this assignment. I was just going through a process which require me to read then come up with a question about what i just read. The process just like a repetition. I wouldn’t prefer to do my research paper in this way because it distracts me. It leads me to a totally different area of knowledge. Yes, I learned stuff from reading all the answers to my questions, but on the other hand, I was reading something which is not the answer to my original question. I figured out a better way to do research by having sub-questions at the beginning and looking for different answers to those sub-questions which answer the main topic. I’m not sure if it’s because that I’m not fully understand the propose of this activity or I’m just not a formative researcher. So at the end, I decided to come up a different question which is not associated with the last reading. I think the last question I had was more meaningful compare to the first question which came from the “obvious” statement, but it still kind of relates to the “obvious” statement.

I thought a lot after I finished the activity. I think sometimes it depends on how the researcher research. If I keep questioning questions which relates to the “obvious” statement. I might not had those “leaps” and being distracted. Computer is just a tool. We need to know how to use it in a better way.

 

Analyzing the Obvious

(Just for fun. This angry panda is me when I don’t work well with the computer.)