posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 08:58 AM
My name is Johnny but you can call me Exj! I stumbled across this website no more than 10 minutes ago from starting this thread and I am extremely
interested in life sciences as a whole. I try my best not to limit myself when it comes to exploring any topic because I have a passion for logical
analysis and expanding my mind. My immediate family and friends are not the type of people I can speak with about the kind of elaborate topics I
already see people discussing on this website, however that has not stopped my curiosity from touching on things with them and people I meet online. I
can admit that I'm in no way an expert in any particular field, however more often than not I can manage to produce a reasonable opinion and shed
insight from my own unique perspective. That being said, why don't I share a little more about myself!
I will be 24 this November, my intense passion for understanding life sciences began a year or two before my 20th birthday. Prior to that I spent my
time partying and being very social so my brain was a little preoccupied and cared very little for anything beyond what I was doing haha. It wasn't
until I took some courses at my local community college that things really took a turn for me mentally, I began focusing more on the importance and
significance of expanding my mind. My life became about asking specific questions, making logical analyses and staying away from the "party scene".
I occasionally let loose but definitely not as much as I used to. Since then I believe I have reached a special place in my mind where I am free, from
fear and uncertainty (mostly). To be quite honest, every year since that switch flipped for me I have been increasingly more happy in general no
matter what negativity or hardships I run into. I don't let things upset me or sway my emotions the way I did when I was younger. I've become more
positive and determined to share that with everyone in my life regardless of how well I know them!
Anyway, I can recall the specific moment in my life where I truly started to question things and become interested in life sciences; specifically
topics ranging anywhere between Quantum Physics, Microbiology, Psychology, Applied Technologies and Astronomy (those are just the major topics, trust
me I enjoy discussing many things).
It was in a Psychology 101 course, when the instructor started explaining how neurons transmit chemical and electrical data through what's known as
the "Synapse" to other neurons in our brain respectively. He described this Synapse as "the space between neurons", immediately my hand went up. I
asked him, "What exactly do you mean by 'space'?" He went on to tell me that it is just space (he came closer to me) and said "like the space
between us...space." It took every fiber in my body not to continue questioning him, but for sake of embarrassing myself by making a big deal of it I
simply kept my mouth shut. I left that class with some very specific questions and theories about this "Synapse" and something in me, at this point,
took over and would not allow me to let it go...I had to figure it out.
My next class was actually Computer Info Systems, so I was able to start researching with all of these fresh ideas still floating around in my head. I
went to website after website looking for a more detailed explanation of what exactly the synapse is or what it is made of. Much to my surprise, not
ONE website I could find explained the composition of a synapse...they all described it as the space or area between neurons...this was not enough for
me. All that I could think at that time was no, it is not like the space between you (psych instructor) and me, that space is comprised of Oxygen,
Carbon Dioxide and H2O particles etc..we do not have pockets of "AIR" between neurons in our brain. If that was indeed the case then our brains
could never hold themselves together, they would be piles of mushy grey matter with no distinctive features.
I cannot explain to you how much it bothered me that researching Synapses online told me nothing about its true composition. It wasn't until several
days later that I was able to put pieces together and explain exactly what websites and even my psych instructor could not...that a Synapse does not
have a composition at all, it is VACUUM space! Like the space between our Earth and the Moon or like the space between an atoms nucleus and the
electrons rapidly orbiting around it! Finally things made sense! To this day I still don't get how not one website I looked at could explain it as
simply as I was able to. Either I figured it out before a very large portion of media sources did or it was information that society, including the
scientists who discovered our brain under a microscope, decided was of no importance...that describing it as "space or area" was good enough for the
youth of America..
*As soon as Dark Matter sprang up all over science media you can bet that my perspective of vacuum space and the synapse of a brain slightly shifted.
I do not have anything specific to share regarding it though because my understanding of Dark Matter is still very premature, however it is something
I continue to question and I have no doubt that I will soon be able to answer it. With or without the help of advancing technologies in this field.
I went on about my life, taking this new passion along with me and since then I have grown more than I could of imagined! Hopefully you've enjoyed
reading this, I look forward to exploring this website more and learning from all of you insightful individuals! For now though I need some breakfast,
take care all!