First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about salinity adaptions in marine animals, specifically how they need to be able to adapt to different salinity levels. Due to the variable salinity in an estuary, animals either need to adapt or remain in the same area. Species that can regulate the salinity are osmoregulators, while species that remain in the same area are osmoconformers.
Next up, Economics. I learned about economic development, and there was a lot to cover, so for the sake of simplicity I’m going to talk about one of the biggest parts, the stages of economic development.
Economic development starts with primitive equilibrium, where there is no formal economic organization. For example, a society where people hunt and the food is shared with everybody.
Next is the transition stage, where people move away from the primitive equilibrium and start breaking traditions.
And then there is the takeoff stage, where there is very little remainder of the first stage, and the country begins to grow rapidly, along with saving and investing it’s income. Industries appear and grow rapidly, etc.
The fourth stage is semidevelopment, where the makeup of the country’s economy changes. Income grows faster than population meaning more people have more money to spend, and technology advances.
Finally, there’s high development, where efforts to obtain food, shelter, and clothing are more than successful, and because everyone has the necessities, they look towards consumer goods that make life easier, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and cellphones.
Lastly, English. Continued with my research, learned about Tantrism, another part of Hinduism. It appeared in the 4th century AD, and may not have a vedic origin, as it’s grounded in two deities that aren’t in the vedic pantheon. These deities are Shiva & Shakti.