Pondering Different Scales of Knowledge

by Verne A. Luckow, PhD, JD
Volume 16, Open Access (September 2017)

I am not particularly spiritual. But as the shadow of the moon began to approach on August 21, 2017, I started to think about the limits of my knowledge of the solar system, galaxies, and beyond, compared to my focus for decades on smaller objects, such as molecules, cells, and tissues. A week later, Hurricane Harvey developed rapidly and lingered over southeast Texas, dumping over 50 inches of rain in some locations, causing widespread flooding, releasing sewage and toxic chemicals into the water, and triggering outbreaks of mold. Hurricane Irma, on its path through the Caribbean and up the western coast of Florida, devastated vegetation, buildings, and power lines, with intense winds that once peaked at 185 mph...

Luckow VA. Opinion: pondering different scales of knowledge. BioProcess J, 2017; 16. https://doi.org/10.12665/J16OA.Luckow.

Posted online September 21, 2017.