edenweiss1 has written 10 posts for WRT 102.21: Science and Society

Investigation of sources (Human Embryo and Fetal Research)

1. An article that established the scope of the controversy of human embryo and fetal research: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/04/1/gr040103.html This article from The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy presents law history, history of the research, examples of test-tube babies, medical and political opportunities, and defines the issue/problem. 2. Find article that offers firsthand experience/ knowledge of this issue/topic/problem: … Continue reading

Stasis as Invention- Human Embryo and Fetal Research

Facts/Problem Facts: Medical Support, Political controversy, statistics, opinion based answers, embryo used for study before considered a “human being” Is there a problem/issue? Human embryo and fetal research is promised to advance basic science and help to develop vaccines/therapies to ease painful diseases. Has trouble because political figures and anti-abortion supporters view the research as … Continue reading

Possible Research Essay Topics

My research essay will consider the role of science in providing insight to social problems. One topic I am interested in is Human Embryo and Fetal Research because there is much political controversy and medical support for this subject. The medical world has long been interested in human embryo and fetal research because it is … Continue reading

“The Truth About Grit” Response

“The Truth about Grit” is written by American Journalist, Jonah Lehrer, who avidly studies epiphanies and their lack of body of technique. When Isaac Newton presumably saw an apple fall from a tree and directly drop to the earth, instead of having a scientific process to explain the vision, he endured an epiphany. Grit cannot … Continue reading

“The Moral Instinct” Response

“The Moral Instinct” is an essay written by Steve Pinker, an experimental psychology writer, published in The New York Times on January 13, 2008. Pinkers essay is an outline of individual’s moral intuitions as well as values and moral illusions. He summarizes illusions as a sixth sense known as the moral sense. Pinker goes on … Continue reading

“The Eureka Hunt” Response

People experience intuitive experiences through two internal mental processes: Analysis and insight. Through “Eureka Hunt ‘Why do good ideas come to us when they do’?” Jonah Lehrer, a neuroscience journalist, explains how our minds provide moments of instantaneous insight. The author begins the article with a recollection of Wag Dodge, a man who escaped death … Continue reading

ACE Twinship

Krista and Tatiana Hogan share a thalamus therefore they share a mind. “In these girls, they’re linked, yet each acts as a whole. It’s like a force of nature—the brain wants to unify(Dominus).” The author Susan Dominus extrapolates this analogy to further explain how connected the twins are. Do the twins share a mind or … Continue reading

“Could Conjoined Twins Share A Mind” Response

Susan Dominus, Staff Writer for the New York Times Magazine, published “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?” on May 25, 2011; an article covering the struggles of craniopagus twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan. The 4 year old girls’ condition is rare, because they not only acquire fused skulls but share a thalamus. The thalamus is … Continue reading

Focused Freewriting

1. When I first read Thernstrom’s article I found the author to be very open and the way she described her pain in an excess amount of detail was intriguing. I also found myself lost in some of the passages of the article, there was such a surplus of information that I often forgot the … Continue reading

“My Brain, My Pain” Response

“My Brain, My Pain,” is an intriguing as well as enlightening article written by Melanie Thernstrom. Thernstrom has been afflicted with an “arthritic condition that causes chronic pain in my neck that radiates into the right side of my face and right shoulder and arm,” she states in the article. After 10 years of anguish … Continue reading