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by KelseyBS
Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:15 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 11573

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

2. With this passage from his article Griesmer Tools for Taking is explaining how Weismann had a biological theory of acquired characteristics rejecting heredity which was oversimplified into a diagram drawn by a geneticist and then published in a textbook. This diagram, which misrepresent and disto...
by KelseyBS
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13566

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

The 3rd part of this article discussed the effects of childhood experiences vs adult experiences. Their findings worry me a lot: I don't know how often I've heard parents or other adults around infants say, "Oh, they won't remember this later in life." This is common "justification&qu...
by KelseyBS
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13566

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

I've noticed a theme of alcohol in the articles we've read this summer...It makes me worry how much of our science is being developed under the influence. Besides scientists' abuse of intoxicants, The idea of our ancestors' experiences semi-permanently affecting our DNA creates a strong interest in ...
by KelseyBS
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:31 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 4631

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

The Precautionary Principle argues that we should take new products or processes with caution before we learn anything about them. In other words "everything new is dangerous until proven safe," or "better safe than sorry." Millstein does not explain in detail why the Precautiona...
by KelseyBS
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 11145

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

The large section on environmental impacts made me feel as though our environment has been destroyed nearly to completion. The more I learn about the damage we have caused to our environment, the more concern I grow. I can't think of any way that we can reverse the damage. While I realize I do not h...
by KelseyBS
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 11145

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

Reading through the beginning of this article I grew a bit bored and frustrated with information that I have already learned. I realize that it was for those who are completely uninformed, but I am who I am. Later I found interest in the fact that GMOs are not tested for safety as much as I had orig...
by KelseyBS
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 8648

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

The controversy between cultural and biological evolution has me stumped. When discussing situations in which culture and biology mix, why do people become fixated on whether the cultural or the biological components are more or less significant than the other? It really doesn't matter, does it? How...
by KelseyBS
Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 5200

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

I think what Sober means here, is that the public has a tendency to view hard sciences and social sciences as black and white. When they come together, much like biology and culture in this situation, people often try to argue that biology has more influence. Sober is trying to explain, not only tha...
by KelseyBS
Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9074

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

Just looking at the graph (p. 26) showing the number of children born in different classes of families through time, I wonder what are the causes and implications of the data here. Are the families that are having less children becoming wealthier from spending less while those continuing to have mor...
by KelseyBS
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12358

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

The method of explaining the first argument against meme theory was terrible. There were too many letters representing vague ideas that could have been turned into more thought out "agents" and "beliefs" to create a clearer example that better explains the argument. I think a gre...
by KelseyBS
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12358

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I really like these new terms: vertical and oblique transmission. It keeps the idea of nature and nurture both affecting our evolution in academia. The idea of prestige bias made me nervous. I realize that we all do have a tendency to try to copy those we think are more prestigious, but the first ex...
by KelseyBS
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11870

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

I author brought out a good point of different biological sciences addresses different perspective to interpret biological research projects. Molecular biologists take on “how” genetic system in human approach while evolutionary biologists take on “why” base on variations within genetic system in h...
by KelseyBS
Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11870

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

I don't know if I'm just having a bad day and my dyslexia is worse than normal, but this was the most difficult read I have had in a long time. From what I can muster, this paper discusses the conflicts not only between media, public and the scientific community, but also the sub-communities in the ...
by KelseyBS
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 8115

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

Wow! I cannot believe that I had not heard of this technology before! I had difficulty understanding how the bacteria was able to create the Clustered Regularly Inter-spaced Short Palindromic Repeats. I will have to search for an animated diagram of the process. I was also surprised when they had sa...
by KelseyBS
Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5802

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

I have not chosen a medium for my writing paper, but I do want to write about how the Human Genome project will affect us personally and culturally. How will our privacy and insurance change? Will people avoid sequencing their genomes to prevent their insurance company from raising their rates? Will...
by KelseyBS
Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:57 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: 7729

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

Like many of my classmates I really enjoyed this interview. Gilbert was frank and honest about science. When he brought up the "explosion in scientific manpower" and the media's interference with biological publications, it brought up this idea to me that online science articles are lookin...
by KelseyBS
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 6601

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

I really liked this article. It not only took the idea of normal and rejected it, but showed the problems it creates and gave a better idea (proper or adequate functioning) to go by. It also shows us that social ideas are not separate, but mixed in with scientific practices. Our culture is not devel...
by KelseyBS
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 8350

Re: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research

The author describes how knowing the sequence of the whole genome would allow researchers to “prepare probes for all the genes and to classify them for their expression in various cell types.” It seems to me like the author is suggesting that that the best way to find important oncogenes is to iden...
by KelseyBS
Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 7088

Re: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project

I love the attention to genetics the HGP has brought to the public and science communities, but I'm not too fond of the black and white views it seems to have created. Many people seem to believe that either genes or your upbringing form who you are and how you act. I have no experience and very lit...
by KelseyBS
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Polls and Potential Topics
Topic: Topics from Class
Replies: 0
Views: 918

Topics from Class

⋅ GMOs ⋅ Ethical Implications of GMOs ⋅ Human Genome and Determinism ⋅ The role of government in genetic technology ⋅ Scientific communication with public ⋅ Religious opinion ⋅ Human Evolution ○ Cultural Evolution ○ Optional Evol...
by KelseyBS
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 5259

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

I hope to gain new and interesting knowledge from both the Philosophical and Biological Fields. I also hope to gain and share different perspectives on the topics discussed. I may have left a science major for Philosophy, but I remain interested in both topics. :D

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