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by anjames
Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:10 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.)

2. This passage is describing how Wilson’s illustration of Weismann’s diagrams does not correctly represent biological causation, resulting in a misunderstanding. The simple diagram was easily (and incorrectly) understood. Criticizing Weismann’s view of biological causation becomes problematic for t...
by anjames
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16532

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

While skimming the optional reading on inheritance systems, I did a doubletake. That definition of epigenetics was so different from what I was taught I thought the author got mixed up somehow. I get it now that it's part of one kind of classification. What confused me was that I wasn't used to the ...
by anjames
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16532

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

I got major Hormones & Behavior flashbacks when reading the parts about prolactin and maternal care. That aside, I've already seen some of this research trickling into conversation with family members. Instead of exclusively worrying about health during pregnancy, my family is already guessing w...
by anjames
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:39 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 when a technology might adversely affect humanity, we should take measures to protect ourselves against it, despite not having scientific evidence to strongly support the claim that the technology is either helping or hurting anything. Climate change gets acce...
by anjames
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13384

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

Considering Monsanto is still exploring other or coordinating solutions, like RNA spraying (BioDirect), I think the concern will be more about the technologies used in our food. Should the label say how your food was made or should it be on the website? Would a database be more useful like this webs...
by anjames
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 13384

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

I think I would be in the group that want mandatory labeling on food so that people know what they are eating. But the question is, how many people are financially capable of avoiding GMO food? Because the article states that "According to the FDA, in 2012, approximately 88 percent of corn, 93...
by anjames
Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:50 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10174

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

There's one example of cultural evolution being at work in my family, but I wouldn't know how to pick it apart. My grandma once said that meekness was a favored trait when she was young. Over the years, she's seen an increase in favoring aggressive behaviors. She didn't say much about how that relat...
by anjames
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 6344

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

Leading up to the quoted passage, Sober talks about time’s role in the assessment of relative importance of types of evolution. He says, “Culture is often a more powerful determiner of change than biological evolution because cultural changes faster”. When he says that there is a false idea that the...
by anjames
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10828

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

I have issues with describing biological evolution and cultural evolution using the same words because of self interest. Though altruism exists in other species, it diminishes individual fitness to an extent. Correct me if I am wrong but it seems like evolution is individual centric for the most pa...
by anjames
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14441

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)

I don't think the last section "Cultural Phylogenies" quite works with Levins' criticism of meme theory that cultural units do not have lineages. The point about lineages bugged me because Levins seems to think that tracing gene lineage is easy when I do not think that is the case and a qu...
by anjames
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14441

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

The first time I read through the article, I took great issue with the use of the cake example in particular. I think I was just too tired to comprehend words. I thought the author was going to comment on how techniques (following a recipe) take time to replicate and that the errors leading to an ex...
by anjames
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 5559

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

Griesemer's article criticizes the common perceptions of implications of the Human Genome Initiative (HGI) in 3 parts discussing the problem in compartmentalizing biological sciences, the false causal role of genes, and how these two problems and his solution affect the HGI. The first part focuses o...
by anjames
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14185

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

I thought I'd submitted my post for yesterday, but I hadn't. Oops. Lesson learned that the submit button won't instantly submit if someone has posted while forming a reply myself. Before class, I was confused by this article. I felt like my animal behavior professor was reminding me to never forget ...
by anjames
Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9520

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

My observation with the pod cast this that frankly the commentators did not take it seriously in many places. No, I do not expect bone dry statements of facts and jokes are perfectly acceptable but it seems to me that this went a tad too far. When one person raised ethical concerns, they kind of ma...
by anjames
Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:37 pm
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.)

After writing my idea, I would like to discuss how one of the Star Trek tv series (except Enterprise, which I have not watched and likely would not in time) addresses the philosophy of biology concepts that we have discussed. Deep Space 9 (DS9) and Voyager come most readily to mind because I've seen...
by anjames
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:33 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: 9098

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

Considering the interview was so short, I appreciate the emphasis on skepticism and caution. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it because I like longer articles that get into details of issues. One paragraph bothered me so much that I have a hard time focusing on all others. I wish Gilbert hadn't said anythi...
by anjames
Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7519

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

I watched a couple videos on insanity before I read this article, which led to me considering what might happen if mental disorders are determined to be "caused" by suites of genes. Ignoring the treatments that could be developed as a result, I'd like to consider how that would affect thos...
by anjames
Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 9728

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

It is valuable to detect the whole genome among various human tumor cells. It also seems like an efficient way to develop gene probes. However, the question is, the development of human tumors depends on many risk factors as well as various metabolic pathways, will gene sequencing solve every probl...
by anjames
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 6412

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

I hope to learn yet another perspective on the movie Gattaca, which I have studied in a psychology class and a biology class. I basically want to have fun. It would be a plus if I could carry this class forward and get a good grade. :D

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