Saturday, March 22, 2014

Science and Music Reaction Paper

Throughout history, science has been influencing music in more ways than one. They have shared this interesting relationship wherein the growth of music also reflects the progress of science.

Science has been a theme by music composers for several centuries already. From The Fossils by Saint Saens to The Scientist by Coldplay, one can see the way science inspires music and creates more works of art. This could be to either celebrate the advances and developments and discoveries, or it could be to show the effects of science in our everyday lives. Science is a source of ideas and feelings that composers can draw from to create their musical pieces.

However, it’s also through technology brought about by science that creates another influence on music. Advances in music have been attributed to developments in instruments as well as electronic sounds, so now we also have genres such as dubstep and house. Science and technology have expanded the reach of music to cover more sounds and possibilities in creating pieces that are unlike anything ever before.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Group Xixy Final Project
Reaction Paper on Science and Music

by Marc Lorlin Z. Navisa 2013-38337

At some point in history, music was less touched by science. But since then, science has already started an affair with music—from our knowledge of the frequency each note to the tension which should be applied to a violin string to produce the standard sound.

Back then, Science and Music were already harmonizing, though Science was radiating more pronounced influence to Music than Music does to Science. Science greatly influences music; globalization stands proof to this.

Due to the breakthroughs in fiber optics, countries have never been so interconnected as before. Globalization has architectured a landscape fueled by the internet for the cross-breeding of unique cultures. In the Philippines, this manifests in the being on the losing end of OPM. Its identity has started to wash out; I’ve been hearing songs of Jayvee, Sam Concepcion, and Toni Gonzaga ringing with electronic upbeat styles. Though this cannot be touted as completely negative, we must know where to draw the fine line. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reaction Paper: Mind Museum

Based on an article I have read (, the Philippines in general allocate more time for science education in elementary compared with other South East Asian Countries. However, the thousand hours we spend has been proven insufficient. 1,100 hours is more than twice the number of hours Singapore commits for their elementary science education and yet, their students definitely performed better. The problem with the kind of science education may have come from the approach in teaching, lack of devices that aid in teaching, lack of books, and basically lack of all educational supplies.

The Mind Museum demonstrated how explaining concepts in science can be interesting even without fancy and expensive equipment. They used materials/things almost everyone have at home. It makes science easier to comprehend when you actually see the process happening using familiar things. I like Mind Museum's approach. Their 'mind movers' spark the children's curiosity which makes learning more interesting for them. And it is much better compared to typical classroom lectures which sometimes make students sleepy.

The only problem I see is that they only cater to a certain 'market', namely kids who have acceptable grounding with english. Most Filipino children with poor performance in science are mostly found in public schools and they are accustomed to use Filipino or their mother tongue as medium for lectures and explanations so they can easily comprehend. I see Mind Museum as more of an extension of private school classrooms because of their style or manner of speaking to children. I just hope that they will satisfactorily accommodate these children in their programs. Despite that, they are doing a very good job in helping improve science education in the Philippines.
Lopez, Carlos Alejandro


This was actually the first time I saw the “real” Imelda Marcos.

I think this documentary was produced so she can change how the people see her. To try and delete any negative notion that she was really the reason for Marcos’ downfall.

For me, everything in the movie was just a cover-up for whatever crimes they did during their family’s rule.

Mind Museum Talk

I was really impressed on how dedicated these people are in  teaching Science. I admire the ways they try to stimulate everyone’s mind, and not just the young people.

Their approach was so intriguing that you’d really consentrate and listen to every word they say so you’ll really understand things.

This is what educating reaally is all about. And not just the books and the pamphlets that are given to us in class. This just stimulates the senses. Well done.


To be honest, this was way better than the 1994 version of Frankenstein.

Everything about the “monster” was odd. He could not talk, he was weird looking, and was just that, a monster. He was not accepted by society, and that’s how it should be. he was just something that was put together by someone’s hunger of creating life through Science.

It’s a classic movie about man trying to emulate God through Science.

Out of Words:
A Reaction to Time Enough at Last

by Marc Lorlin Z. Navisa 2013-38337

            When Time Enough at Last ended, I was left struggling for the right word to sum up what my eyes had just been fed with. Our professor was already dismissing the class; still, nothing slipped my mind. I was so disappointed, so I settled for a substitute:

            Sick. It was sick but in a brilliant way.

Marilyn Venable’s Time Enough at Last tells the story of a bibliophilic old man, banker Henry Bemis, confronted by an anti-intellectual world—his cruel emasculating wife and grouchy boss ran that world—threatened by World War III. Bemis is an embodiment of a flawed system of anti-intellectualism and indifference to art that has been haunting our society.

The first half of the episode was dedicated to building our sympathy for him. Indeed, it is really crucial for the watchers to like the main character intensely and to expect him to emerge victorious at the end for the final twist to have full impact:

On one fateful day, when his boss turned away his gaze on him, he finally had the chance to box himself in the bank’s vault. There, he buried his nose in Mark Twain’s David Copperfield. He later got out only to find himself the lone survivor of World War III. Everybody was dead and that includes his iron-fisted wife and grumpy boss. What is he to do in a world with nothing but rubble to talk to? (Can I just say how successful John Bram was on evoking a post-apocalyptic scene here?) He found a gun and contemplated taking his life. But just as he was about to pull the trigger, a heavenly sight loomed before him. Books. In front of him was the shattered library. So he got that going for him; he marveled at the books, and picked up his favorite authors. He got all the time in the world now to read—no mean wife and a grumpy boss to pester him. He checked his glasses in his pocket. It was not there; it lay broken on the library’s pavement. He ran his hands on his eyes; his vision was blurred. Just like his future.

What an ending. Sick? No, not anymore. There’s none to be cured or corrected in Time Enough at Last. It is as beautiful as it should be.

It was twisted. And now I’m out of words.