mswoyer102 has written 8 posts for WRT 102.21: Science and Society

Stasis Exercise

1. Facts/Problem What are the facts? Genetically modified foods have both harmful effects as well as helpful effects on the environment and people. The genetically modified foods help the environment by reducing reliance on pesticides, and also benefit people by increasing crop yields. They can produce a large quantity of adverse health effects in the human … Continue reading

Possible Research Topics

Both of the topics I thought about relate to the use of drugs, and the views of society about morality on recreational use versus medical use. The first topic I thought of was about the use of anabolic steroids or testosterone. Anabolic steroids have uses both recreationally and medically. Anabolic steroids are used by bodybuilders … Continue reading

“The Moral Instinct”

“The Moral Instinct” was an article published in the New York Times Magazine on January 13, 2008. It was written by Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard University. His article discusses morality, and his ideas on how people think and act morally, and how morality changes over time. He also goes on to question … Continue reading

“The Eureka Hunt” Response

The article starts out by recounting the tale of a man named Wag Dodge. Dodge was caught in the middle of a raging conflagration at a place called Mann Gulch, located in Montana. Dodge was able to make it to safety using intuition, or as the article calls it, an insight. The article describes an … Continue reading


Despite the disabilities associated with being conjoined at the head (craniopagus), the twins have adapted to their difference and formed unique abilities in order to function in their everyday lives. “Neither girl could draw the letter X, but if there were a standardized test for grasping with toes, the Hogan twins would surely come up in the 99th percentile.” In this … Continue reading

Response to “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?”

The article revolves around a central idea that twins conjoined at the head can possibly share the same mind, meaning that when one twin has a sensory experience, the other is aware of it without experiencing the event for themself. The article explores this topic through two little girls: Krista and Tatiana Hogan. Krista and … Continue reading

Focused Freewriting

1. I thought that the article was very scientifically informative, protrayed a good portion of Thernsterom’s own beleif, and was a bit unorganized and unfocused. I felt like it was all over the place, and didn’t have a clear topic other than the human body in general. It was also cluttered with too much information, … Continue reading

Response to “My Pain, My Brain”

Melanie Thernstrom, author of the New York Times article “My Pain, My Brain” has been a sufferer of chronic pain for the past 10 years. She experiences it in her neck and face, a pain caused by an arthritic condition. She wishes to be able to see her brain at work, and control her pain … Continue reading