OM blog - How much science/medical knowledge do you have?

Submitted by Dean Giustini on July 7, 2007 - 01:19
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[img_assist|nid=25|title=Search the Web|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=100|height=99]Ponder, for a moment, how much you know.

How much basic scientific knowledge do you have?

For example, how old is planet earth? The universe? How old are human beings? Why does salt dissolve in water? Why is the sky blue?

Further - how much basic medical knowledge do you have? For example, why are red blood cells red? Are white or red blood cells produced in the bone marrow? How can we exist with only one kidney? Why is sweat salty?

Each of these questions are like so many miscellaneous facts, and yet are findable through a simple search for information. What is this process? First you select a search engine and a few keywords, and type them into your information tool of choice. Evaluate your results. What websites seem most authoritative? What do you do when two websites give differing information?

Hopefully, you find your answer (or something close to an answer).

Let's try an experiment - who can find answers to some of the nine questions above? What is your process of finding trustworthy information? Do you even have a process?

Feel free to get some help from your favourite science or medical librarian. Or e-mail me at: dean.giustini@ubc.ca

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