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Week 9 Final Project Update

This week I have continued to work on my paper, structuring it further and organizing my evidence. I have also been coordinating with my group for our presentation and chapter as a whole. Because I am going first (in order of our chapter), I wrote a short chapter introduction, introducing food as it’s relevant to COVID-19. I am also working on my images for the final paper.

Blog Recap and Final Outline: Psychology & Food Waste

Synthesizing Past Blog Posts

Looking over past blog posts there are a few notable patterns. As a Cognitive Science major, one of my academic interests is how humans process information and interact with the environment around them. One common trend that I have noticed within my blog posts has been a focus on how humans process and interact with other biological things. 

 

Week 7 Lecture Notes: Linguistic Determinism and Perception

The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis states that there are certain thoughts of an individual in one language that cannot be understood by those who live in another language. It’s been dis-proven on an absolute level, but there are slight differences between cultures and how people associate words and ideas. This idea is now more broadly labeled as linguistic determinism. One example of linguistic determinism is shown through an experiment in which native Russian speakers and native English speakers were shown two shades of blue.

The Dragon and COVID-19 in the East and the West

As introduced on the Hox Zodiac website, the dragon is the ultimate hybridized animal (“Hox Zodiac”). It is also the only mythical animal in the Chinese zodiac. In contrast to the Rat, the current year’s zodiac animal, the dragon is both viewed as much larger and more powerful and has an even deeper history with disease, considering the Black Plague. The dragon is thought to have originated from the snake in Chinese folklore.

Biotech & Art During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The timing of this class with the current COVID-19 pandemic is definitely an interesting one. For a class that examines the intersection between art and science, the ethical debates surrounding Biotech Art and disease are very relevant. As we saw in the Intro to Biotech & Art video, art can be used to explore biological and physical phenomenons as well as a tool to teach the public about these phenomenons.

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