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The topic this week blew my

The topic this week blew my mind. I remember leaving class each day and just not knowing what to think simply because there is so much to think about.  Earlier in the week when we covered the larger scale I was amazed at how many things there are that I had never thought about. I didn't think that I would be as amazed later in the week when we went over the smaller scale, but I was. I was surprised at how many similarities there are between the scales...I don't know if this is extremely relevant but I thought it was interesting that there is a point in each scale where they cease to be considered as improbable assemblies and at these points they look very similar. That they look similar at this point is becomes obvious once you think about the physical characteristics of improbable assemblies but who has ever done that outside of class? Another similarity I think is interesting is that there is a point on each scale where life can no longer exist in one organism. It is interesting to think about why this is, both in terms of an individual organisms ability to maintain itself, and in relation to the rest of the world. If life did exist at these scales, what would that mean for the rest of us and the environment? 

Before we looked at the smaller scale, I understood diversity as pertaining to species rather than the the components or "building blocks" of life. I guess I have never thought to look beyond species, I just assumed that is where diversity stopped being relevant. It is weird because I have learned about molecules and atoms before but the approach was so different that I didn't really connect it to actual life.  I didn't really care to think about it beyond its relevance to homework and tests. I wish someone would have taught me like this when I was 7 so I didn't have the feeling that biology was uninteresting and something larger than myself.  

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