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by uwogisele
Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:56 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.)

I worked with Lauren Salinero, Diana Lee, and Elizabeth Ridolfi. Thanks! #1 Taking the example of the Italian women, we see that they were having fewer children instead of having the number of children that their parents and grandparents had. This is a puzzling concept under the natural selection mo...
by uwogisele
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16533

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

Yesterday we talked about how knowing that what we do, what we eat, what diseases we have will impact us, can give us a sense of great responsibility; but I was kind of thinking, could that fact also make us less accountable to our actions? For instance, if I am alcoholic, can I argue that it's not ...
by uwogisele
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 16533

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

"Jews whose great-grandparents were chased from their Russian shtetls; Chinese whose grandparents lived through the ravages of the Cultural Revolution; young immigrants from Africa whose parents survived massacres; adults of every ethnicity who grew up with alcoholic or abusive parents — all ca...
by uwogisele
Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 11
Views: 3494

Re: Seeking partners for Final

I would like that too! We can decide a day to do it?
by uwogisele
Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:12 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.)

Millstein explains that GMOs were designed in two ways; some crops are resistant to herbicides and others contain pesticides. When herbicide is applied to crops that are resistant to herbicides, it kills the weeds but not the crop. And the crops that contain pesticides protect crops from pests. The ...
by uwogisele
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:09 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)

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 uwogisele
Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:16 pm
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)

Biology and culture are seen as two different entities, one reason being they explain things differently, and two, they approach issues differently. But biology and culture are not two different entities; they both complement each other. For instance, the example we looked at of Italian women having...
by uwogisele
Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10174

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

Sober writes, "Cavalli-Sforza and Feldman show how the cultural process can overwhelm the biological one"; Reading this, I wasn't sure what Sober means why "cultural process overwhelm biological one". By "cultural process" are we talking about cultural evolution or some...
by uwogisele
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10829

Re: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution

From the example of the Kamikaze pilot example, I was thinking of a slightly different explanation. "Boyd and Richerson postulate that cultural transmission favors common characteristics and works against rare ones". Cultural transmission may not be about choosing between what's common or ...
by uwogisele
Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14445

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

One of the problems of memes that was presented is that "Cultural units are not replicators". And I agree and disagree with this statement. Depending on what examples we are talking about cultural units can be either replicators or not. Taking an example of a new term, I can argue that cul...
by uwogisele
Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 14445

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I liked the oblique transmission view. The idea that the theory of evolution must be expanded to explain our tendencies. Because people are who they are also because of the environment they live in. The example of the Italian women is perfect because generally in the old days, families used to be re...
by uwogisele
Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:02 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.)

Historically human “nature” has been described in terms of “how” and “why”. Scientists’ research on human “nature” varies depending on what perspective they focus on, some focus on variation and others focus on evolution. These differences portray the result and interpretation of the Human Genome In...
by uwogisele
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14185

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

While reading this statement "Scientifically, complete genetic information will enable basic, applied, and clinical research in a degree of detail and precision not possible with incomplete information" I kind of thought of the Nobel Laureate article that we read. In one of the questions t...
by uwogisele
Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 14185

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

The "how" and "why" are two perspective kind of questions. And each give difference answers. As I was reading this article, my first question was, "is it possible to answer a why question without explaining the how first?" if the question "How does the heart pump b...
by uwogisele
Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 9520

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

"What is the relationship between understanding how a tool (CRISPR) works and how to use it or understand its results? Bo Huang brings up this issue?" I think this is an interesting question, because (CRISPR) is being used but scientists don’t know fully how it works. Because a lot scienti...
by uwogisele
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:20 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)

This is quite an interesting article. One thing that was kind of shocking to me is when he said this, "Another major problem is the explosion in scientific manpower that has not necessarily led to the betterment of science, especially in biology. In fact, bad material that gets published has in...
by uwogisele
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:55 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 8028

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

We have big steps in understanding the human genome. But we still have a long way to go as well. It was interesting to read and think through the process of the human genome project. All the setbacks it had to go through and how it came to pass. What I most liked about our discussion of this read is...
by uwogisele
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:49 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)

Dulbecco writes in an urgent "let's do this" kind of tone at the end. And I like what he says; "An effort of this kind (knowledge of genome and availability of probes for any gene) could not be undertaken by any single group: it would have to be a national effort. Its significance wou...
by uwogisele
Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:55 am
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 have taken different philosophy classes and what's amazing every class offers something different from the other classes. So I am hoping to learn about philosophers approach and think about biology. A lot known scientist were primarily philosophers so I am always looking forward to see the philoso...

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