From the past several weeks, one of the main messages I have taken from this course was how much the world around us is interconnected to us and influences us in more ways than we may be conscious of. I decided to look into ways art or beauty around us is connected to psychology or neuroscience. Since psychology/neuroscience is quite similar to my major, cognitive science, and it is already something I am interested in, I wanted to head in that direction in terms of connecting art to biotechnology.
These past few weeks in art and biotechnology class we have talked extensively about the biochemical and physical connectivity that can be reflected through art. Mycelial networks connect us to the natural universe on a fundamental level, carbon structures in graphene connect us to the organic affinities we share with pencil drawing as a reflection of our present experience, and Chinese zodiacs connect us with the Hox gene and distinct genetic developmental trajectories.
Yeast: A Double-Edged Sword
In Week 1, Dr. Thomas gave us the gift of educating us about quantum physics and carbon/graphite. He assigned us to draw an object. Like most of my classmates, I drew a chair. I drew it while keeping my mind and body, the direction of my eyes, the angle, space around me, and space around the chair in mind. I had never used this new thought process to draw before. Even though it was just a chair, looking at my drawing, Dr.
For the past two months, we have explored extensively upon the relationship between arts and various aspects of science. The most memorable one was the zodiac animals in science. Last week, after hearing about how different types of model organisms are vital for scientific and medical advancements, I was inspired to further explore art specifically within the field of medicine.
During our zodiac animal discussion during week 7, we were prompted to research bioengineering in animals. Personally, I saw all the benefits in genetically modifying animals, including environmental, ethical, and economical reasons. However, that is still quite a controversy today despite the advances in biotechnology. In fact, we have the capability to genetically modify the human genome.
My final project: serendipity and the nuances that make life worth living. Biotechnology and Art go hand in hard. Not only is art the most clear and interpretable way to explain scientific concepts, art is also a scientific concept. As pencils use lead and singers use their voice. Art is based in science.
We’ve talked already in this course about the uses of fungi as yeast in bread, as mushrooms in food, and as decomposers in the ecosystem. However, we did not get the chance to fully dive into the world of medical mycology – the use of fungi in medicine.
This class has given me a lot of perspective into the various things life has to offer. However, I came to this little realization after becoming aware to the things I often neglected. As a result, I wanted to wrap back towards the effects of sounds, and how those sounds appear to affect us. The extent to which sounds affect us aren’t limited to just a psychological level, but to a physiological level as well. I’ve learned that laughter can become contagious, simply by listening to the sound one exudes.