Words about Brain/Science/Music

Howdy. I call myself Alex Cautela and I am from Montclair, New Jersey. I am a freshman in DUS and I am incredibly passionate about music. I play guitar, I sing, and I write songs, and I plan to do that for the rest of my life. I am taking this course because every music-related course I wanted to take was full; additionally, this course fulfills my science requirement and it sounded like an intriguing and practical curriculum. I’m also passionate about becoming anintelligent and wise human being in all aspects of life. The best of both worlds, I guess.¬†The great thing about this class is that I can learn relatively basic scientific concepts without having to deal with the minutia of molecular cell biology or something.

I was always fascinated by astronomy as a child. Mainly because it looked cool and the basic concepts hooked me. For example, I learned that black holes do not suck you in like a vacuum, but you fall in, that ‘time’ operates at different speeds in different parts of the universe (whatever that is), and that this whole ‘universe’ is bigger and older than we (humans) could begin to understand. (Aside: I had a really great astronomy teacher for an extracurricular class in second grade. Here is a link to his webpage.) However, I soon realized out that my brain does not work the kind of way required to be an astronomer. I’m more interested in¬†philosophical thinking than scientific or mathematic understanding. Or maybe I just don’t want to put that much time into studying numbers and things.


(Image: My brain on science)

It’s just pretty boring and there are so many other things I’d rather do with my life–pursuits that I find more valuable. That’s why I’m not a science major. I still appreciate science and everything scientists do, but I feel like I can have a greater impact on the world doing what I love (i.e. music).

6 thoughts on “Words about Brain/Science/Music

  1. Amira A. Oloufa

    Hi Alex! My name is Amira and I am also in DUS. I also love astronomy. I do not know if you ever watched the short television series called ‘Cosmos’ with Neil Degrasse Tyson, it was amazingly good. I honestly loved it and it showed me so many new ideas that I never knew about space.

  2. Zihan Wang

    Hi, Alex Cautela. My name is Zihan Wang, and I come from china. After reading your passage, I really want to say we have same interest, astronomy, and maybe we can discuss this topic in the future. I believe that astronomy now is attractive but unknown for human, when I search information about astronomy on website. I hope you can take a look about this, and I look forward you have different thought to me. Here is link: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/dictionary/Astronomy.html

  3. Brett Alan Merritt

    Hello Alexander. I noticed in your blog that you seem pretty interested in astronomy and the universe. The universe intrigues me as well. One of my favorite movies is Interstellar. This movie talks about the exact thing you mentioned with time changing in different parts of the universe. I would highly recommend watching this movie. If interested, here is a review for the movie. http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/interstellar-2014

  4. tmv5147

    Yo Alex, I’m Thomas and I agree on your points about being a science major and how we still appreciate it in society, a wise man once said… /Users/thomasvesey/Downloads/5344119+_78d39a632fb9e9a2030b1f50cebb3e13.jpg

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