Rationalising the Universe was set up on 3 November 2015, with the modest aim of communicating some science. Things have come a long way since then, with our most important endorsement from the WordPress Discover team – which really helped boost our traffic.
Alongside this we have gained a whole host of loyal supporters who have commented, shared on social media platforms and discussed science in a wonderful way. Looking forwards we plan to continue this growth and to do what we can to popularise the subject that brings so much joy into our own lives.
On some level, we firmly believe science appeals to everyone. It probes some of the biggest and oldest questions posed to mankind, greedily engulfing Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Philosophy (along with a host of other fringe subjects). This has been the view of mankind since the first of our species walked the planet, and will continue to be the view long after we die. This is the cosmos.
One of the most powerful things that binds us to our ancient ancestors is our need to ask why. To look up, to think big and to answer the questions that are posed to us. Nowadays, this task seems to fall largely into the hands of those who have studied science, due to the complex accumulation of several thousand years of human thought. There was a time where barriers to entry of science were high; an era where without a fairly large family wealth you didn’t stand too much of a chance, unless you got lucky or were phenomenally gifted. That need not be the case now; social mobility (whilst not fully enacted) has changed this and with the right application, in certain countries in the world anyone can make it into university, where all you need is set in front of you; an all you can eat buffet of knowledge, daring you to go further than anyone before. What a tantalizing opportunity. But what if you didn’t take it? What if you haven’t studied science at university, but you still want to come to the party? Well you have picked the right century to be alive in.
The exciting thing about being an inquisitive mind in the 21st century is the internet. If you name any area you want to learn about, I can point you to a wonderful, free resource where you can learn all about it if you have the zeal. Whatever your path in life, you can rectify this if you want – because there is a great big pool of knowledge which can be shared almost instantly, usually for free to be studied around your schedule. A word of warning; like anything that can be accessed by the entire world, it can get a little messy in places. People don’t keep the internet terribly clean. I cannot tell you why, perhaps there is an inherent difficultly to assigning cleanliness in a virtual world, or maybe those polluters live in tangible locations with equal neglect. Whatever the reason, we are here to do our bit to contribute into the seemingly infinite pool of the good, the bad, the ugly (and the frankly illegal). Those on a similar path need to stick together; and we hope to be a part of that.
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