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by nyonan
Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:23 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 11969

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

NUMBER 1 What sober is basically saying with this passage is that social scientists look at different aspects of the transmission system among humans than those that a biological scientist would. In a sense, he would say that they are not seeing the big picture. He terms this as social scientists lo...
by nyonan
Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13611

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

The video in class seemed to show mainly negative effects of epigenetics and the article seems to view positive procedures yet each one seems to say that the main or only thing that is passed down is negative. Trauma or bad experiences seem to be the only things mentioned. Though, it is great that w...
by nyonan
Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 13611

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

While I really want this theory of epigenetics to be true, I feel wary. It seems too easy. What I mean is if it is true that your mother or grandmother bequeathed you a bad habit or made you prone to a certain lifestyle due to their actions in life through this epigenetics, then with a certain under...
by nyonan
Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 4666

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

The precautionary principle in all cases of risk management basically states a new thing is guilty until proven innocent. In other words, it must be tested and proven that it is not dangerous or harmful. The burden of proof falls on the safety side as opposed to the harm side simply because we canno...
by nyonan
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 11188

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

I find that this is an interesting topic. Despite the position of many anti-GMOs, I define myself as a supporter of GMOs. I feel that there is enough scientific data to show and demonstrate to the public that such method of crop production is not detrimental to humans. Further more, outside the dom...
by nyonan
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 11188

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

I kind of agree with the whole middle ground being a good spot to stand. I know a decent bit about GMOs and how they aren't really tested all that well, at the same time they are mainly splicing in pesticides as genetic traits that would be quite a bit safer to eat than spraying poison on the plants...
by nyonan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 8664

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

I still think cultural evolution works on slightly different mechanisms than biological evolution. As much as people will say this and that is selected in cultural evolution, a culture is still decided by people more so than environment. I like to think of cultural evolution working with 2 mechanism...
by nyonan
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 5233

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

The idea that strict sciences, in this case biology, go into greater detail and deeper analysis when attempting to explain human nature is simply a product of narrow vision. Sober thinks that because of models of cultural evolution, we can see how human culture “evolves” in a similar sense of how a ...
by nyonan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 12397

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I like how the reading goes into the commonly thought of pathway at first, explaining straight biological inheritance, but then starts to tie in social behaviors using similar logic. I thought it a bit interesting when it speaks of the prestige bias and how that is how most determine which behavior ...
by nyonan
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 4643

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

Griesemer Reduced There are a few problems with the idea of HGI that are often overlooked due to the conventions and assumptions of modern day sciences. Mainly, it is the idea that so called “how” or “why” questions must be looked at separately and how that causes a rift in thinking which causes nar...
by nyonan
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11899

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

The breakdown of the text in class was very helpful! I feel as though I have a MUCH better understanding of the text, although I am still particularly stuck on the Weismannisms argument. After thinking about the approaches Griesemer encourages to have in scientific research (asking how, what, and w...
by nyonan
Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 11899

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

Personally, I do not think the author is terribly good at writing in a way to convey ideas. He kind of just blots down thoughts here and there and didn't really organize anything. That being said, I think it is interesting because he goes over a few thoughts I have had towards genetic modification a...
by nyonan
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 8164

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

Call me a Luddite (not like I'm going to deny it), but this really gets my really uneasy for the reasons described in the podcast. Bottom line is that I know this is going to get even cheaper, more efficient, and therefore more commonplace. Nothing is going to stop that, but that doesn't mean there...
by nyonan
Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5820

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

I have not yet solidified a topic that I plan to write about for the writing project, but I do have a few ballpark ideas that relate towards biology and have interested me throughout my life. The first I thought about was specifically looking at depression and anxiety in a biological sense. What I m...
by nyonan
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:53 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: 7773

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

This article is incredibly interesting to me for the sheer fact that it gives a great example on humanity. Professionals of a field, while the field is relatively small, will be doing it because they truly love it. Thankless jobs are often the ones people work the hardest at. Then, as is said, you g...
by nyonan
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 6615

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

What strikes me as the most interesting about this issue is what was discussed last week, how variation can be seen as a defect by one scientific perspective, and also be seen just as a mere variation on another perspective. I completely agree with the author that we should not overvalue the import...
by nyonan
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 8362

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

I think, like others have been saying, the author is putting a lot of stock in genome sequencing as being a large step towards curing cancer. That thought is kind of a yes and no. While it will help to have a nice map for everything and knowing how it works, that does not entail that a pathway towar...
by nyonan
Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 7099

Re: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project

I particularly appreciated the symbolism of the gene as a "cultural icon" brought up in this reading. As we have discussed, we lack even a universal definition of the gene, yet it is perfectly normal to refer to gene's being the cause of some behavior or disposition on the news or in a ma...
by nyonan
Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: What do you hope to get out of this class?
Replies: 28
Views: 5274

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

I mainly want to see different perspectives on what many would deem a objective field. It puts an interesting spin on things when we can show how multiple persuasions affect what we call reality and truth. So I want to see how applying philosophy in a scientific field will affect people introduced t...

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