Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Soundtrack to my life"

"Don't Stop Believin" - Journey
This is my go-to pump up song. Whenever me and my friends are together, whether it be going out or riding in the car, we always belt out the lyrics to this song.

"Jump Around" - House of Pain
This song reminds me of one of my favorite parts of being a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - the jump around at the end of the 3rd quarter at Camp Randall. The atmosphere is so amazing and it makes you really proud to call yourself a Badger.

"All I Want for Christmas is You" - Mariah Carey
This song reminded me of the time when we got to create our own dance around the holidays for my senior year in my dance class back home - our dance consisted of shooting reindeer and making snowflakes. It also reminds me of being home for the holidays with my family and friends.

"Kids" - MGMT
I heard this song for the first time when I visited my cousin in NYC. Every time I listen to it, it reminds me of my trip to NYC and why it is one of my favorite cities I have ever been to.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sources for my research paper

"Although all of the lines derived worldwide share the expression of characteristic pluripotency markers, many differences are emerging between lines that may be more associated with the wide range of culture conditions in current use than the inherent genetic variation of the embryos from which embryonic stem cells were derived" (Hogle, 2010, pg. 2010).

Hogle, L. (2010). Characterizing human embryonic stem cells: Biological and social markers of identity. Medical Anthropology Quarterly V. 24 No. 4.

I feel that this source may not be as accurate as what I hoped for. The author's data was derived from interviews she had with those who were familiar with stem cells, but throughout the article, she used her opinion in basically the whole thing. Also, the data she discussed was something I had never heard of before, and wasn't directly related to the question I am researching.

"Human embryonic stem (hES) cells capture the imagination because they are immortal and have an almost unlimited developmental potential. After many months growing in culture dishes, these rather nondescript cells maintain the ability to form cells ranging from muscle to nerve to blood, and potentially any cell type that makes up the body" (Snow, 2002, pg. 15).

Snow, N. (2002). The human embryonic stem cell debate (book). Theological studies, 63(3)

I felt that this was my best source. The books consists of different sections, introducing the reader to what stem cells are and where they come from, which is helpful for someone who doesn't know what stem cells are or stem cell research. The book also goes into discussing the debate that has arisen with embryonic stem cells and is related to my question of research. Also, I found the book at the UW library and it was professionally reviewed. I feel that this source isn't "lying" to me, like the other sources in  my project one assignment.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ronson Chapter 10

The main focus of chapter 10 was about the misdiagnosis and misuse of the DSM checklist. Ronson explains how the checklist has grown over the years, and basically one non-normal thing about someone is considered a disorder in the checklist. When these checklists became available, more average people bought the checklist rather than medical professionals. This lead to self diagnosis, which eventually benefited the drug companies. Robert Spitzer, the man responsible for the DSM, says that the checklist was diagnosing people with disorders, when in reality they didn't really have them - they were completely normal. The chapter also explains how children and being misdiagnosed and given medications which lead to severe side effects or even death, in Rebecca Riley's case. Spitzer says that children were being misdiagnosed simply for acting like most kids do at times - hyper and bouncing off the walls.

I loved reading this book as it was different from anything I have ever read and it was nice being able to read something that wasn't a textbook! It made me think differently about society, and how so many people can really have all of these disorders or be misdiagnosed. It also made me realize how judgmental people can be and how some people may overanalyze situations, which can be detrimental. I enjoyed the ending, as the majority of the story was Ronson's journey visiting psychopaths and analyzing everyone he met, when in the end, the story tells us that many people are misdiagnosed. The story shows us that many people are normal, they just may have some weird or strange characteristics about them. a

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ronson chapters 8 & 9

In chapter 8, Jon Ronson learns about a woman named Rachel North, who was involved in a tragic train bombing. Being a writer, she blogs about her experience with the accident, and conspiracy theorists comment on her writings and twist her words to make people believe that the bombing was a power surge. When visiting with Rachel, Ronson learns that the man behind the conspiracy theory was a man named David Shayler. Shayler is the leader of the conspiracy group that was attacking Rachel's blog, and came up with his own conspiracies on several different events in history including 9/11, 7/7. After meeting with Shayler, Ronson starts to wonder if he is a part of the madness industry, being a journalist, just as Charlotte Scott and reality TV. Ronson realizes that all of these reality TV shows are based on the small percent of the society that is dysfunctional, and not the large part of society that is considered "functional"

These two chapters each had me confused in certain parts. In chapter 8, I was slightly confused with all the code names and terms that were used when David Shayler was chosen to be a spy. In chapter 9, I was confused with the part of the meeting with Britton when he hands Ronson a piece of paper. I couldn’t understand what the meaning of the paper was (pg. 227)

I did think it was funny of Ronson to make a graph of Shayler’s conspiracy theories and how much attention he got in the media to show the reader that the Messiah theory was a little out there.