yecca53 has written 8 posts for WRT 102.21: Science and Society


Hallucinogenic drugs have strong psychological effects that often involve a feeling of expanding consciousness and oneness with the universe. For this reason they have been used since ancient times to facilitate religious experiences; however, because these same drugs are also abused recreationally, there is a dominant culture that magnifies their harmfulness and overlooks their benefits. … Continue reading

Possible Research Topics

For a possible research topic, I like the suggestion of the development of new drugs, devices, or therapies, and their benefits and risks. My interest in this topic was originally sparked when I took a biotechnology course last semester and learned about many up and coming medicinal techniques, and even researched a possible new method … Continue reading

Response to Lehrer’s “The Truth About Grit”

Jonah Lehrer, in his article “The Truth About Grit,” discusses just what exactly is the recipe for success. He describes that beyond talent we are born with, beyond even intelligence, a certain perseverance is required, which he and other psychologists of a new wave in research call “grit.” This refers to setting a long-term goal … Continue reading

Response to Lehrer’s “Eureka Hunt”

Jonah Lehrer subtitles his article “The Eureka Hunt”, “Why do good ideas come to us when they do?” For example, why did Wag Dodge come up with the idea to light a fire in order to save him from another in a fleeting, deciding moment? Mark Jung-Beeman, a cognitive neuroscientist at Northwestern University, has been … Continue reading

Practice ACE for Dominus quotes

1. The very existence of Krista and Tatiana Hogan and their unique neural relationship challenges the concept of self that readers take for granted. Dominus states, “The average person tends to fall back on the Enlightenment notion of self—one mind, with privacy of thought and sensory experience—as a key characteristic of identity.” However, this is clearly … Continue reading

Response to Dominus’ “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?”

Susan Dominus wrote the article “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?” which was published on May 25, 2011. Twins Krista and Tatiana Hogan are craniopagus, meaning joined at the head, or more specifically, the thalamus. The thalamus is a portion of the brain responsible for processing sensory information. Because the girls share their thalamus, it … Continue reading

Focused Freewriting (Thernstrom)

Category 1 1. My initial reaction to Thernstrom’s article was fascination with the question raised in reference to the philosophical debate over altering consciousness. I haven’t delved deeper into thinking about it as of yet, but first off I felt that I wouldn’t want my consciousness to be transparent to me. Some things are better … Continue reading

Response to Thernstrom’s “My Pain, My Brain”

In Melanie Thernstrom’s article “My Pain, My Brain”, she describes the struggle of living with chronic pain syndrome, but more importantly, the new-found hope she gathered from learning about and undergoing a new Neuroimaging technique using f.M.R.I. machines. The process works by portraying a picture of the nerve-firing activity in a certain portion of the … Continue reading