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by fdtran
Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 14860

Re: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)

Group Members : Franklin Tran, Bowen Tan, Nancy Galeno, Selestine Mtei 1.) The models of transmission systems that are responsible with the spread of cultural traits include; the vertical transmission that involves passing cultural traits from parents to offspring, oblique transmission that involve...
by fdtran
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16535

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

After our class discussion and after watching the documentary I took interest in knowing that our present actions and our environment shape the futures and well beings of future generations. As an environmental toxicology major, I was particularly interested in the experiment of poisoning rats with ...
by fdtran
Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 11
Views: 3494

Re: Seeking partners for Final

If anyone is still looking for a group, I've posted a new thread. I am still looking for two more people!
by fdtran
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Looking for members for a group!
Replies: 3
Views: 2961

Looking for members for a group!

Since the other thread was full, I'd like to make a new group. I'd like to make a group of four members to easily divide up the work evenly. Please comment below with your email if you'd like to be in my group! I will send a google doc link where we will further discuss how to approach the final. My...
by fdtran
Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16535

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

I personally have never heard about epigenetics until coming into this class. It is interesting how experiences in our lives not only affect our psyche but also our internal biology. I particularly found the experiment of the attentive and inattentive rat mothers to be fascinating and how the epigen...
by fdtran
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 5771

Re: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)

The precautionary principle states that the integration of a new product or process with unknown consequences should be rejected. In Millstein’s article she argues that, unlike climate change or evolution, there is still much to study and research about GMOs and until then critics are able to reject...
by fdtran
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13385

Re: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)

The discussion in class was enlightening particularly about the debate about labeling GMOs. Labeling GMOs can negatively impact its reputation as being safe; labeling products as "sprayed with RNA", "product of mutagenesis", or "radiaion-bred" would not be attractive to...
by fdtran
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13385

Re: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)

I have a rather neutral position on GMO's. GMO's have done great things such as reducing carbon emissions with less pesticide usage, increasing food supply, and making more beneficial varieties of produce. Although there is no proof that GMO's are definitively harmful in any manner, the author makes...
by fdtran
Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:03 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10175

Re: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)

Cultural evolution has played a big role into shaping who the person that I am. Both of my parents were immigrants from Vietnam and I was raised speaking only Vietnamese. By the time I enrolled in public education, I had a very difficult time communicating with my peers and teachers. It was due the ...
by fdtran
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:58 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 6345

Re: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)

In this quote from Models of Cultural Evolution, Eliott Sober explains that social science and its explanation for cultural evolution has a much weaker influence than biology and its explanation for biological evolution. Sober comes to this conclusion through his analysis of the theories of cultural...
by fdtran
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10831

Re: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)

I liked that the author discussed the coexistence of cultural and biological evolution and connected to many of the things that we've talked about in class. I particularly liked the quote, "It isn't that the biologists and the social scientists are in conflict; rather, they are talking past eac...
by fdtran
Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14445

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

After our discussion, I think the memetics theory is more plausible than Tim Lewens' argument because memes and technological memes are heritable units of our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. I didn't agree that Lewens argued that memes couldn't reduced to discrete units because essentiall...
by fdtran
Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14445

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

In my science courses, I've learned that humans are not as affected by evolution as other species because there is no selective pressure acting upon us, especially due to things like agriculture and technology. It was interesting to read this article because even though we are not physically changin...
by fdtran
Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 5560

Re: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)

Griesemer’s article is divided into three sections. The first section discusses how science is torn between two conflicting ideologies: the “proximate” (how questions) and the “ultimate” (why questions) insights. Griesemer uses the Human Genome Project as an example to explain these two differing vi...
by fdtran
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14187

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

After going through the discussion in class and seeing the discussion on the forums, the reading makes a bit more sense to me. I liked the author's analysis on the role of nonscientists. The author argues that people outside the scientific community must not fall for the appeal to authority fallacy....
by fdtran
Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14187

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

I am glad to see that I am not the only one who is struggling with the reading. The biological examples that they gave were not sufficient in explaining the argument. For example I wasn't quite sure about the 'how' and 'why' examples.
by fdtran
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9520

Re: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)

I think the commentators in the podcasts made some interesting points. I liked the comparison they made with CRISPR and IVT births and how the views of today on CRISPR were similar to the views on IVT. It may be possible that we will have different views of this twenty years from now. They also made...
by fdtran
Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 7130

Re: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)

For my writing project, I’d like to do an analysis of a scientific paper by critiquing the author’s premises and arguments, similar to what we have been doing in class this week. I am also thinking about perhaps taking multiple scientific papers regarding the same topic and comparing their perspecti...
by fdtran
Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)
Replies: 30
Views: 9100

Re: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)

I really enjoyed reading this article because it provides insight into the misconceptions people often have about science and in this particular case it was the HGP. As an aspiring scientist, I found his advice at the end of the reading to be invaluable. Often times we read and accept things for wha...
by fdtran
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7519

Re: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)

I found Lloyd's discussion of the differences between the normal and the abnormal to be quite interesting. I liked how much of the reading articulates the ethics issues with the HGP and rejects our cultural definition of "normal". I personally never thought about the social implications th...
by fdtran
Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 8028

Re: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)

In the reading and in our class discussion, both referenced the idea that most of what we and who we are are predetermined by our genes. This also leads to discussion of the interactions between our genes and our environment. While our genes do certainly shape our physical characteristics, I think m...
by fdtran
Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 9729

Re: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)

I agree with much of what my fellow peers have had to say in regards to the reading, in that the author has too many expectations for the HGP and its role in curing cancer. Although the sequencing of a genome has allowed us to understand the mechanism of cancer, finding a cure for cancer is a much d...
by fdtran
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 6413

Re: What do you hope to get out of this class?

I hope to learn about the different philosophical perspectives on various fields of biology. After taking this course, I'd like to become a better thinker and will be able to apply philosophical concepts to my future science courses.

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