Friday, November 30, 2007

People have sex because....?

Have you ever wondered why do people have sex? Sex is a three-letter word that means many things to many people. Both men and women have their own reasons for having sex. I am quite sure that by now, even though you have read only a few lines, you have started to think of a few reasons why people have sex. Society would lead us to believe that men and women are completely different. Therefore, the reasons must be different. However, when it comes to sex, that is not the case.

Cindy Meston and David Buss conducted a study over a five-year period, which found out the main reason for sex. They started by first questioning 444 men and women, ranging from the ages of 17-52 and came up with a list of 237 reasons people have sex. Then they asked 1,549 college students to rank the reasons on how they applied their experience. The results showed that there is no huge difference in the reasons men and women have sex. In fact, both men and women seem to have sex because they were attracted to the person.

Meston stated, “Men were more likely to be opportunistic towards having sex, so if sex were there and available they would jump on it, somewhat more so than women. Women were more likely to have sex because they felt they needed to please their partners.” The results were based on data gathered from college students. Meston believes that there would be a huge difference for the older groups of adults.

To check out the complete list of reasons why men and women have sex click here. There are other lists that are quite interesting as well, so check it out. Below is a list of the top 10 reasons for each gender.

1) I was attracted to the person.
2) I wanted to experience the physical pleasure.
3) It feels good.
4) I wanted to show my affection to the person.
5) I wanted to express my love for the person.
6) I was sexually aroused and wanted the release.
7) I was “horny”.
8) It’s fun.
9) I realized I was in love.
10) I was "in the heat of the moment".

1) I was attracted to the person.
2) It feels good.
3) I wanted to experience the physical pleasure.
4) It’s fun.
5) I wanted to show my affection to the person.
6) I was sexually aroused and wanted the release.
7) I was “horny”.
8) I wanted to express my love for the person.
9) I wanted to achieve an orgasm.
10) I wanted to please my partner.


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Friday, November 16, 2007

The Day Sky

Last week the entry wasn’t all that educational. That is why this week I am going to try my best to teach something. Let’s see, I could blog about why the grass is green. Although it is a complex process it doesn’t interest me. I am going to continue with the concept of the sky from a few weeks ago. This time, however, I will focus on the day sky.

Most of us don’t think much of the day sky. Yet, it is important to know certain things about it. Why the sky is blue is something that we all should know. The smart mouths will be quick to say it is because of the atmosphere. That is true, but it is not the complete answer.

Sunlight travels to Earth and comes in contact with the atmosphere. In the atmosphere there are gas and dust particles in the air. It happens that blue light is the one affected by these particles. The dust particles are bigger than the blue light waves and smaller than the red light waves. The blue light is scattered in all directions by these particles in the air. Simply, the blue in the sky we see is scattered blue light.

Then why are sunrises and sunsets red? The sunlight has to travel through more atmosphere, meaning more particles in the air, compared to when it is directly above us. The blue light and all other colors are scattered so much that only red, orange, and yellow light remains visible. I hope it makes sense and good luck retaining the information.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Zzz-ing in Class

Throughout my years in the college classroom setting, I have seen it all. To be honest, not much bothers me in the classroom. Although, one thing really “grinds my gears.” That is students who sleep in class.

I am sure most students have fantastic excuses as to why they fall asleep in class. I’ve heard “I was working on a paper all night” to “I was up late studying for a midterm.” No matter what the excuse is students should not fall asleep in class.

To those that sleep in class, what in the world are you doing? Seriously, what are you thinking? If you are tired as all hell, stay home. Do you realize how foolish you look, your head bobbing, trying to stay up? Not to mention, how disrespectful and distracting it is to the professor and fellow classmates. Why show up to class if you’re just going to fall asleep. Stay home, in your warm comfy plush bed. Don’t make an ass out of yourself.

I have heard many students who fall asleep say, “At least I am in class.” Really, are you in class? If you’re sleeping in class, your pretty much not there. Go to class if you are fully awake, willing to listen and learn. You could even go to class just to meet up with your friends. What’s up fellas?

So please, please don’t show up to class and fall asleep.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Night Sky

As a kid I was always fascinated with the night sky. I recollect nights where I would spend hours, with a flashlight and a book of constellations, trying to map it out. There would also be nights where I would just look up and think. It has been a long time since I have spent hours looking up at the night sky. On occasions, I would take a quick glance and still be fascinated by it.

Astronomy is the study of celestial objects. In Astronomy, the numbers are what amaze me. I must point out that Math and I have never had a great relationship. However, I understand sizes and distances. The scale of the Universe is so enormous that it gets hard to comprehend distances. Astronomers use the distance light travels in a year as a unit of measurement, which is 186,000 miles per second.

To get an idea of the scale of the Universe, imagine traveling at the speed of light in a spaceship. It would take 8 minutes to reach the sun. If you continued onward you’d arrive yo Pluto in 5 and a half hours. To reach the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, it would take over 4 years. If seeing the nearest galaxy was your goal then it would take 2.5 million years to get there.

Think about it, we have been told that the speed of light is the fastest speed imaginable. Yet, there is no possible way a human can live long enough to reach the nearest galaxy. In retrospect, light isn’t really all that fast. It all comes back to the distances these celestial objects are from each other. Most people have heard that the stars we see at night are as they appeared ages ago. I always find myself asking, what do they look like now?

From the smallest to the biggest things the numbers are incredible. The celestial objects are not there as decoration or for amusement. They allow us to see where we live among the rest. Look up at the night sky, appreciate that it’s there. Think about the distances and you might get some perspective.

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