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The most beautiful thing (IMO) in the world


(This topic is not my normal biblical type post.  I want to talk about other things like Science and vocal folds!)

Well school is back in session and I’m really excited about this semester.  I am a Speech Language Pathology major and I’m currently catching up on all the undergrad classes so I can apply for the graduate program for next year.  A lot of the time I get asked “What can you do with that?” and I tell them “A lot of things!”  If I had the desire I could work with kids in the schools, but my heart is with the older populations.  I want to work with stroke and traumatic brain injury patients.  I also want to do endoscopes of the larynx and vocal folds along with swallow studies.

But to go with the title of this post for me the most beautiful thing in the world (well there are other things, but this one is awesome) is watching the vocal folds at work.  It’s sooo amazing how fast these things move just to produce our voice.  This semester I’m going to be working on a research project in voice normalizing.  You might be thinking “what the heck is voice normalizing??” Well it’s techniques SLPs use in order to help a client normalize their voice after some kind of event that has left one or both of the vocal folds paralized.  One kind of event that sticks out in my mind is when someone goes into surgery and they have to be intubated to breathe.  After the surgery sometimes the intubation tube can pull on the vocal folds and damages it, resulting in a raspy, rough sounding voice.  The techniques are taught to help the patient normalize their own voice so they can sound some what normal.

The first time  I saw I endoscopy I had mixed feelings of being totally amazing by what I was seeing and also the feeling that I was going to faint because it’s kind of creepy to look at.  But the more and more I see the more amazed I get and my feeling of fainting is decreasing.

If you want to see the vocal cords in action watch the video below.  Though I will warn you that if you don’t like looking up peoples noses or into peoples mouths then don’t watch it because the endoscope being used goes up the clients nose and down the back of his throat.

I think the most awesome part is when the patient give a “E” sound and the clinician turns the strobe light on you can see the waves of the folds.  In actual light they move soooo fast that you can’t see the waves.  IT’S SO AWESOME!

And don’t even get me started on how awesome the mouth and tongue are when we talk!  Well ok you can get me started, but I’ll save that for another post.  I do encourage you to actually pay attention to how much your tongue moves and the fine movements it uses the next time you talk to someone.  It’s crazy!!!


Big Think: James Randi on why he came out at age 81 (via skepgineering)


I love love love James Randi! He is such an awesome person who has made an impact on the world just by being open about everything! He has nothing to hide (as far as I know)!

Coming out of the closet (whether it means being gay, or coming out as an atheist or whatever) doesn’t have to be as intimidating as most would think. It really does all depend on how you approach the subject. I do understand that there are some people that will refuse to accept it no matter what or how you tell them. But we are in a changing world and slowly the generations being more and more accepting. You will always have someone that will disapprove of it, but then there are others will will accept it.

One of my best friends is christian and she told me that even though she doesn’t necessarily accept my views as an atheist, she supports me in my decision. And this is the way it should be! I don’t necessarily accept her views either but I will support her in her decision to believe for as long as we are friends (which will be forever).

Anyways back to James Randi…I just love him! Really the reason why I reblogged this is because he’s just such a cool guy! and because he’s a cool guy people love and support him.

Go James Randi!!

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On the Topic of Adam and Eve


Evangelicals Question the Existence of Adam and Eve

This is a awesome article the was posted on NPR today.  It’s worth the read!

with the mapping of the human genome, it’s clear that modern humans emerged from other primates as a large population — long before the Genesis time frame of a few thousand years ago. And given the genetic variation of people today, he says scientists can’t get that population size below 10,000 people at any time in our evolutionary history.

Again going back to my sunday school days I thought it was weird that 2 people could have started the whole human population.  One other quote talks about if we really did come from 1 couple then we would have mutated at such a fast rate that we would have mutated out of existence.

I can’t really elaborate any more on this topic because the article did it for me.  The more and more I find these articles where science debunks the biblical stories the more and more I get excited for science.

In the words of Bill Nye the Science Guy “SCIENCE RULES!”

Stephen Hawking Explains the Universe


Stephen Hawking Explains the Universe

I’m planning on finding out what time this is coming on so I can watch this!

I really am curious to what he is going to say about how the universe came about.  It really is hard to wrap your mind around how something could have been created out of nothing.  This is the part that keeps me right on the edge of either being agnostic or atheist.  I would like to imagine that the rules of evolution apply to space too.

I really try to think about there being absolutly nothing at one time and then for some reason out of the nothing came something and that something became something else and so on.  It makes my head want to explode because it’s so weird to comprehend.

I guess because it’s so hard to comprehend the easy way would to put some kind of meaning to it.  And this is probably where the idea of a god or a creator came into play.  I remember getting into a debate with my middle school science teacher.  We were talking about the big bang and I asked the question “well who created the atoms that created the big rocks?”  I kept asking that just to ruffle the feathers of my instructor.

Like Hawking said they have seen particles show up out of nowhere during experiments.  So the universe could have just popped up out of nowhere.  I imagine this is still happening within our universe.  hmmm.

I must end this now before my head threatens to explode from all this mind wrapping.