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Disney’s Man in Space

My favorite scene was the man riding the rocket powered bicycle with wings which quickly ended in him being caught on fire, luckily there was a man close by with a bucket of water. There were many scenes like this where people were experimenting with science, in this case rocket power, with little regard to their own safety. I believe today, children are raised to be overly cautious and this leads to overly cautious adults. Those adults that do not follow this standard are thought to be worthy of a Darwin Award. Furthermore, with the use of technology and computers we can now input data for any scenario and know the outcome without putting people in harms way. However, I believe that this disconnects people with the science being done and leads to a loss of interest. The most exciting part of developing new technologies is the trial and error stage, and we have lost this stage in its original form. I believe this extends further. In educational settings, students are often given the answer and asked to argue for its truth rather than forming the original question. Children are so busy learning facts, teachers don’t have time to help the children further develop their natural abilities to question and experiment. I believe this is possibly an answer for why we are seeing fewer truly novel ideas. I feel as though all I see are improvements on past technologies and extensions on old ideas. This brings to mind a recent television commercial for a watch that works as a phone. It shows an array of old cartoons, T.V. Shows, and movies where people are talking into a watch and then shows the new and improved device with a text that says “After all theses years… it’s finally real.” This leads me to question why technology seems to be having a negative effect on our natural abilities to act as scientists. Children experiment with out caution on a regular basis. It seems like the more concrete knowledge we possess, the more impossible new things start to seem. Disney’s Man in Space was filled with an array of questions and problems that were evoked by the desire to get into space. How would a person’s body react to zero gravity, how would their minds react, would the rocket really be able to safely break through out atmosphere and return? “Man would bet his life against the unknown dangers of space travel” and all in the name of science. I believe that the disconnect people are beginning to experience with science is a result of a loss of importance placed on curiosity and a loss of an understood necessity of taking chances in the spirit of progression. I was looking at Reddit the other day and saw a post where a parent had submitted their child’s math homework. The kid did the work but wrote on the place where it asked him to show his work that he did the work in his head because he didn’t want to be judged. I think we place to much importance on not making mistakes and not enough importance on taking chances.

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Comments on: "Disney’s Man in Space" (4)

  1. Your entry was very introspective, and well written. However one last idea has left a bit of resonance with me. I identify with your last thought of taking chances and not responding to to being judged. It was Disney among others who made the space race cool. We didnt worry about people judging our ideas no matter how progressive they were. I cant imagine if that generation somehow thought to judge the space race as being nerdy. Where would we be now? I like how in respect to the space race we broke free from the shackles of judgement and progressed, i almost wish people were as less judgemental today as the were to the sci fi topics that entertained us so well back then.

  2. I agree with your statement that overly cautious kids lead to be overly cautious adults. I think that is a lot of our problem as a society today. Back in the day my dad used to be able to leave his house and go walk around his town miles away from home at the age of like seven or eight without a care in the world. As did I, my neighbor and I rode our bikes all over my home town and our parents, neither my dads or mine, worried a whole lot because it was a different world back then. We now have sick messed up people who would take advantage of seeing an eight year old walking down the street. Shoot, you probably could not find an eight year old without an Iphone or a parent within ten feet anymore. Some people make their kids live such sheltered lives and in turn they will eventually make their kids live even more sheltered lives. These sheltered people going out and having big jobs and making real world decisions that affect everyone around them could be a very bad thing. I have kind of gone off on a tangent here, but my point is that we need people who are not afraid, who know what the real world is like. Not just the world that involves holding mommy and daddies hands the rest of their life.

  3. I completely agree with your statement about how overly cautious practices put us out of touch with true science. Don’t get me wrong, safety is key and you don’t want throw caution to wind when your life could be on the line, but on the other hand being overly cautious leads to a disconcerting lack of confidence in the scientific world. We now live in an age where, even at the collegiate level, science is memorized in equations and formulas and theory. Science should be discovered not memorized. All those equations and formulas are wrote down for reason, we don’t need to memorize we need to discover and experiment. I find it unsettling that Physics is the only science class that makes you use your brain instead of memorizing what you need to know.

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