I just completed my final exam in a biology class I have recently taken. My takeaways? Biology is a very complex subject, with literally thousands of terms and convoluted processes that you need to memorize. I spent numerous hours studying for the test, and used 2:55hr out of the allotted 3:00hr, scribbling nonstop on my answer sheet. Studying biology can “mentally” kill you! Biology can also “physically” kill you: viruses, bacteria and other pathogens, along with mutations and cellular malfunctions can literally kill you. Not to mention the inevitable aging process that will do us all in. So why did I take a biology class? Well, to paraphrase George Mallory – “Because it was there!” Well, actually the real cause is a bit more convoluted, but hardly more rational. Read the rest of this entry »