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


“Animal Testing 101.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 2012. Web. 22 March 2012. This website shows how animal testing is a widespread issue that is occuring. Not only does it provide facts about the amount of animals being tested in labs, it also names specific manufacturers that still continue to test/harm animals even though these tests … Continue reading

Stasis as Invention

Facts- Animal testing has become an alarming issue. As industry increases, the demand for goods also increases. As a result, suppliers need to test more goods as the growth of technology demands this. Scientists are locking up million of animals in labs as they test various substances in order to deem whether or not they … Continue reading

Research Topics

Possible topics: 1)      Do red-light cameras encroach on peoples privacies and provide too much surveillance? 2)      Is animal testing humane? 3)      Do physicians purposely provide miss-information about vaccines?   Some possible topics that I might be interested in researching for my project are, do red-light cameras encroach on people’s privacies and provide too much surveillance? … Continue reading

The Truth About Grit Summary

Jonah Lehrer’s article, “The Truth about Grit” from the Boston Globe, introduces a new idea called grit. This term is somewhat vague and hard to measure, but Lehrer, as well as other scientists, attribute this idea to success. He describes this term to be when someone sets a specific long-term goal, and does whatever he … Continue reading

The Moral Instinct Summary

Why is it bad to harm others, but good to help them? Is it okay to kill one person in order to save five? Why is an unthinkable act to cut up a flag? These are all questions that were posed by Steven Pinker in the 2008 New York Times article “The Moral Instinct.” This … Continue reading

Summary and Response to “The Eureka Hunt”

The article entitled “The Eureka Hunt” by Jonah Lehrer describes the concept of what an insight is and how a person reaches one. Insights contradict the classic model of learning in which the learning process is gradual. The author explains that first the brain has to undergo a “search phase.” Then, before an insight can … Continue reading

ACE assignment

In Susan Dominus’ article, “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?” the twins Krista and Tatiana retain their own personalities and strengths, but are somehow unified. The author states, “‘In these girls, they’re linked, yet each acts as a whole. It’s like a force of nature—the brain wants to unify.’” This use of contrasting ideas shows … Continue reading

“Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?”

The New York Times article, “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?” by Susan Dominus, is the story of two twins, Krista and Tatiana Hogan who were conjoined at birth. Throughout the article, the author focuses on whether or not the twins share the same mind and sensory feeling. There is believed to be a link … Continue reading

Classroom Prompts

1) When I first read Thernstrom’s article, I thought it was both surprising and intriguing. I never heard of the idea of controlling the mind in order to reduce pain and to me, this seeemed like a very interesting idea to explore. I find it interesting that people can actually watch how their brain operates through … Continue reading

“My Pain, My Brain”

The article entitled, “My Pain, My Brain” was published by Melanie Thernstrom in the New York Times. This article has to do with the concept of pain, and how advances in studies were made in order to cope with the chronic pain that affects a large group of people in everyday life. These studies were … Continue reading