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This stamp has a graphic of a sine wave alternating from north to south polarity, and the text reads: "If you don't know what this means, you shouldn't be buying electronics! This is the 21st century, people... There are no excuses for not knowing the basics of how electricity works!"

Because it drives me NUTS when I ask somebody "What is electricity?" and they say "Uh... it's something that comes out of the wall..." This is the 21st century, and electricity is the driving force of all the information technology we use! I believe there is nothing wrong with being dependent on technology as long as we understand what it is and how it works.

But the general public do not understand how electricity works, so they believe it's some dangerous monster that's just waiting to kill them... No. Electricity is unforgiving of incompetence, but it isn't dangerous. The only danger is in the stupidity of the person working with electricity.

Electromagnetism is in fact the driving force of life itself, and the universe. Life itself is electricity; electrical signals carrying orders from our brains to our bodies, instructing our heart to beat once again and our lungs to fill with air; carrying our thoughts as electric impulses from neuron to neuron. And the universe? Gravity is driven by electromagnetism.

So we must make every effort to understand what electricity is and how it works, instead of saying "Um... it's something that comes out of the wall."
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CeciliaBohemien Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
"What is electricity?" "Mmm.. something blue, alternative and... yes, very thrilling.." :squee:
Unfortunately, when you don't use scientific notions every day for work it's normal to forget all.
I want to discover more about how to transform a wave (sound wave) in energy, in electricity... :D it seems very interesting. Nice stamp indeed. :+fav:
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, wave-particle duality is very fascinating :D Thanks for the fav!
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CandytheHedgebatcat9 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm learning about electricity and the different kinds of electricity (and also some basics) in science class. And I'm in the 7th grade. :XD:
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Electricity is fun, huh? Just be careful... It is extremely unforgiving of incompetence (Maybe society should take after the example, though to a lesser degree... The world might actually work if people weren't told "it's not your fault" every time they make a mistake!)
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KissTaurusKiss Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I've never even started learning about electricity. v_V Hopefully this year, in grade 10; I will.~
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can start right now, if you want [link] :)
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KissTaurusKiss Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you! I'll start tomorrow. We're apparently going to learn physics after biology [Which will be in April and.. Well, I'm not going to be here in April so I need'a start studying better] This will really help me! If you have any extra links, please do send away. >E<
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a lot more information available here [link] :)
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KissTaurusKiss Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
-Bookmarked.- Again, thank you so much!!!! :)
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :) And if you have any questions, feel free to ask me. I work with electricity on a daily basis.
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I-am-Britta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconderpplz::iconsaysplz:Don't need to do that... the technology will think for us!
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And when the technology makes a mistake no one will notice, haha
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I-am-Britta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! Isn't it a quaint little world when you think about it? :XD:
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clotus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hm, maybe it's the Russian education that is better.. our teacher is very good at explaining things, as our textbooks are worded very well. I'm 14 and I started learning the electricity basics few months ago. I really liked it.
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. I'm from Europe originally and I live now in the United Mistakes... I mean, States... of America. The education in Europe is better.
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caiobrazil Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
well, then you should come here to brazil. hopefully you will be able to actually teach people here something.
seriously, education here sucks. i'll only start learning the concept of electricity in the end of my last year in school. you know, i'm 14 (actually, i should be one grade below, as most of the people in my class are 15. however, they decided to put me one year ahead as i was a little "above the usual". just a little though.), and so i'll only start learning the concept/the very basics when i'm 16 (again, because i'm one year "ahead". most learn it only when they're 17), and then i'll stop. yeah, i'll learn just a little, maybe less than the basics, and then my school years will be over.
it's truly outraging.
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The schools of today are teaching students WHAT to think instead of HOW to think... It isn't the best way to prepare them for life in the world.
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caiobrazil Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
yeah, and by the way, thanks for the links you posted there in the comments. you know, i'm the kind of person who is always wanting to learn something. i actually spend most of my time making research about things i'm interested, and technology fascinates me. i've always been fascinated by mechanisms, eletricity, atoms, etc. i like to know how things work. unfortunately, i hadn't understood exactly what eletricity is...  so, thanks for those links.
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. As an independent inventor, I'm glad to share my knowledge of technology with aspiring researchers. Thank you for being one of the few people in the modern world who still wants to learn, discover, and understand new things, instead of believing the first thing you hear!
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MaybeMagical Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In my school district, fourth and eighth grade science classes always do a unit on electricity, thank God.

I was on vacation last week in the Caribbean, and, because my dad and I have a habit of giving lectures about anything from cooking cauliflower to the Katyn Massacre, while we were swimming together two days ago, I got a lecture about electricity while there.
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, sounds fun! I've been to the Caribbean... it's nice
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Tetrigon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
:iconcabooseplz::iconsaysplz:Invisable magic.
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SpeakThroughFingers Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o-o My first thought was "Yay! Sine waves!"
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KJL90 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I'm glad I'm not the only person who thought that. :meow:
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, nerdy... but awesome!
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Esktasy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Wait, what? There are adult, educated people who have no idea how this works?
(Well, there are people in Vienna and big German cities who think cows are purple because the biggest chocolate brand here has a purple cow as a trademark...)
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right? People don't care how electricity works or what it is, all they care about is that they have a continuous supply of it.

...heh. When my mother was a teenager, she thought chocolate milk came from the chocolate-milk cow.
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StrawberryR Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought the picture was a soundwave at first. Then it said electronics, and I had to come check out the comments.

I feel retarded now. *hangs head* But I might as well ask a question so I give off the impression of me knowing something.

Is this an AC current wave, or a DC current?
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, you're not retarded, it could have been a sound wave...

It's alternating current (AC). See the S and N on opposite sides of the centerline, it represents the south and north polarities as the current reverses
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StrawberryR Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! Like one of those machines where you have the little electric board thing, then you put pegs in it and speak and then the little machine has the soundwaves and the higher your voice goes the spikier and closer together the spikes on the machine are.

Ohhhh. I get that. o.o
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diggil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
If you use an oscilloscope to probe a wire and you get this patter, then it would be AC current ;) .
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Zerenitia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a wild statement you make there. "If you don't understand how electricity works, you shouldn't use it" is exactly like saying, "Derp, if you don't know how a vehicle functions you shouldn't be allowed to drive!"
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well if you don't know how a basic engine works, you shouldn't be driving. But I wouldn't expect people to know in intricate detail how every single thing in their car works. Same with electricity.
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Zerenitia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And you have to understand that the reason why people don't know this stuff is because there are people who get paid to know who AREN'T themselves therefore they don't find it important? I only know the currents in electricity because I'm in training for my Esthetics license and use high frequency machines so it's kinda, you know, imperative I know about that.

However my sister works a cash register at Home Depot. Her job doesn't make her learn how a damn current works because she doesn't need to know it to do her job, she just has to know how to plug the stupid cash register in and use the machine itself--there are people in the electricity department that get paid to know though because it's their job to know.

Like the average person buying a vehicle--no one buys a vehicle prepared to read up on the hundreds-of-pages manual on how to care for the engine or how the stupid thing works, they just (hopefully) know that they have to maintain the oil and other fluids and get wheel alignments in in certain periods of time/what mileage they put on.
Lots of people run their tires bare and just listen to the store when they tell them "you need to buy these exact tires" and don't even know what kind of freaking tires they're driving on to begin with--I know, I'm one of those people who do do the research and as you and I both know, research rewards us. However not everyone is like you or I so there's no point in complaining =/
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diggil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
(ranting mode on) Cam'on people! The basics of this stuff it's just easy! Don't be ignorant!

(sensible mode on) I guess the problem is actually that people are actually (unconsciously nonetheless) taught to not like science. Many of the things/concepts by which devices work by are, IMO, intuitive and obvious... I mean these are the things that interact with our bodies and minds all the awaking time.
If you take a young child (usually between 3-6 years old) and bring him/her to an amusement park, they'll ask to try everything that doesn't look dangerous. If you take him/her to a museum with many unusual creatures or devices, they'll point their finger to everything and ask about it all the time unless they feel they're being annoying to whomever they ask.
People are naturally curious. When do they stop asking about everything? Interestingly after 6/8 years-old: after joining school.
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Zerenitia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaaa, I will have to agree with you there. Even in my own school everyone openly complained about doing our electricity and chemistry chapters except me (I personally love science, especially chemistry)--no one seems to want to know it if they don't have to, and sometimes it seems that even when they have to they still don't want to.

But then the question is: WHY do these kids stop being curious? I used to be in Education as well and we always had this debate, everyone points fingers at the schools or the parents, but could it just be the society in general that ultimately teaches the kids to not care anymore?
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diggil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I've delved into that question... AFAIK, it's a complex situation.

Get ready: TL;DR ahead!

I'll tell you that the way parents behave and schools teach is just a reflection of how society works. As Jacque Fresco says (somewhere in these lines): "show me a picture of your cities and I'll tell you how the people that live in them think".
The fundamental question is "About personality,Do you believe in Nature or Nurture?"
If there really is a force that compels people into a certain way to think, why are there "anomalies" like you and me?
Fresco gave me insight in that point when he answered why brothers (or pets) behave very differently even when they are brought up by the same parents. "As long as you cuddle one of the brothers first than the other, you'll have them hating eachother". Bottom line: there are these very tiny and random occurrences in the environment which sum up with time into large differences.
In the times when bikini was unforgiving for women to use, parents would still think it's fine for their daughters to play with Barbie dolls using that kind of clothing. It's just kid's play, right? They didn't thought that playing is learning and learning is raising a way of thinking.
Now that those daughters are grown up, they want to wear how they think they are supposed to wear.

You should by now figure out that I'm for the "nurture" point of view. Still I find it worth considering that maybe some of us (as with autistic, synaesthesic, Prosopagnosic, ect.) have some part of the brain tissue which is of different "quality". Maybe when some see blue things, other people see green, but we all call it red.
Maybe some of us have some sort of "black sheep - not mind acculturation" mechanism embedded.

Tell your view!
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Zerenitia Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think primarily I'd like to say I'm more on the 'nature' side of things, being that for a few years children see a lot of their parents so they get some of their first ideals from, well, their parents. Though once those children start in school they're more frequently exposed to everything that isn't what their parents preach or teach is right--they have classmates, friends, and teachers for at least 6-8 hours a day, and it's fair to say that children don't spend the next 16-18 hours of their day always at home and so are exposed to even more instances that shape their ideals. The media is a huge influence and in a lot of cases even if the parents try to tell their children right from wrong they still end up, through their own mental processes, coming to their own conclusion.

Personally I find that there are a lot of things out there that kids are totally unaware of but they listen too easily to certain messages, whatever may appeal to them. I'd like to think that the way to raise a child is to give them the space they need to make mistakes if they think they're right but always give them the knowledge they need to even prevent what we feel is wrong--because sometimes you can tell someone over and over again why they shouldn't do what they wanna do, but they'll do it anyway :shrug: To me, knowledge is key and can easily change one's life if they so choose to let it.

I like your views too though, it's interesting to see what others have to say especially on such a broad topic :D
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SpeakThroughFingers Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I wouldn't say it's schools (completely at least). Almost all of my past and present teachers encouraged kids to ask questions.

It might start at that age, but it can also be part of kids growing up and understanding more. When you're little you know nothing. Nothing makes sense, but then you learn about some things, and are just used to other things. Like as a little kid maybe you're told not to touch the burners on the stove, you ask why, and they tell you it could burn you. You ask why, they say it's hot, you ask why, and they say because it's used to cook food. But you don't think to ask how it works. Not to mention from my experience, kids mostly ask "what" and "why", not "how".

But blaming schools is unfair. It could just be that it occurs at that stage of development. I'm not sure, I'm not an expert, but schools shouldn't shoulder all the blame.
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Zerenitia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, schools shouldn't shoulder all the blame and neither should parents on top of that. Everyone has a different way of understanding things and when we're simply told what and why, well, it almost seems like it's not even important to know how...which is kinda sad sometimes, I find.
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Tamdrogynous Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
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Kaioh-the-PureMage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh...I get it! This is an alternating current going back and forth on a magnetic pole! And I can't believe there are people who don't know what electricity is!
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, indeed! :thumbsup: Most people don't know what electricity is, sadly. People don't care why their technology works, as long as it keeps working.

By the way, your signature is awesome!
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Kaioh-the-PureMage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I guess, I'm refereing to the god that specilizes in this particular area....but still, isn't that taught in science class?
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The basics of electricity are taught in high school physics. A lot of information taught in school is wrong, though - my high school physics teachers mixed up a Van de Graaff generator with a tesla coil, said that radio waves and light are the exact same thing (no, they're different frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum, not "the exact same thing") and that there's no difference between an electromagnetic wave and a mechanical wave, and didn't know what grounding a circuit means. I got in trouble constantly for correcting the teachers... they just taught math equation after math equation, not really knowing how to do anything except fill in the numbers and put them together in some way, and out of equations they built a mathematical model that had no relation to the real system.
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Kaioh-the-PureMage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, now I'm scared to take physics....-_-;
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, learn about electricity in advance so when you do take physics, you're ready going in! [link]
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Kaioh-the-PureMage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Th-thanks!
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fay-titania Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Really cool seeing an animated stamp... but Mmmm I'd have to disagree with what it says, some people aren’t' fortunate enough to get an education that teaches them even the very "basics" of science. I don't think it's a reason people that weren't so lucky should not buy electronics if they don't know the "basics." I guess I shouldn't be buying any fruits on a market since basics of genetic engineering are unknown to me or medicine for that matter lol. Cheers!
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diggil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
If you can use the internet, you can learn anything. If you need some human feel to it try finding course video recordings as in «MIT Opencourseware» or «Khan Academy».
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