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Why Learn Biology?
       When learning anything, you shouldn’t just learn a set of facts that you can repeat on a quiz or test. You should find a reason for actually learning the material – look for a way that it will play a part in your life. This should be no problem for biology. Biology is literally “the study of life.” A good way to find a value in learning biology is thinking about the questions that can be answered by studying it.
       What is life? Plants and animals are fairly easy to recognize and identify, but what about microscopic and unicellular organisms? How did life start? What actually distinguishes the simplest forms of life?
       What goes into being healthy? How does our body work? Why does our diet make a difference? What is disease? How is it transferred? What can be done to counter it? What impact is bioengineering having on our future?
       How does the mind work? Why are we able to learn? To talk? To hear? To understand? How can we learn better? How can we teach better? What is important to actually know? How is our interaction with the electronic world affecting our development – and our future?
       What are ecosystems? Why is the environment an important issue? What role do other organisms play in the quality of our life? Why are we interdependent? What harmful effects are occurring at this time and what can or should be done to counter them?
       How did the diversity of living things develop? What actually is evolution? How does it work? What effect may the decreasing diversity in the world have on our future? What can we do to help see that we have a better future for us and for future generations?
       All of these are questions that sparked individuals or teams to investigate the world around us. Over time, such people became identified as scientists and biologists, but it was their personal curiosity that got them to look into finding answers to what were unanswered questions. And many of these questions are still far from being fully answered. The more we know, the more we are aware of what we don’t know.
       Recognizing that should justify learning biology. You will be learning about the things that affect you and your future and what you can do to help make that future better!              
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