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.
For my final paper, I would like to cover the content that we went over in class about bread. I chose this topic because I have always loved baking, so the process of making bread is very interesting to me. Additionally, bread in my family has very significant cultural and religious meaning, and I would love to further explore the significance of different types of bread across various cultural and spiritual traditions.
The reason I chose to take this class is that the pandemic has made me realize that science and art are inevitably connected. I wanted my final project to reflect the pandemic, a moment in time where art and science have never influenced each other more. I have a few ideas that I want to explore for the final, which I haven’t narrowed down yet.
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.
For my final paper I would love to further explore the interconnectedness between all the concepts we have discussed this quarter. I would like to further look into the artistic connections between the concepts as well as the biotechnological connections and then relate the two together. I believe that everything that we have learned about this quarter has an underlying theme. I was most surprised this quarter by how many things are related to each other that I would have never thought of before.
I would like to choose the applications of music and sound to medicine and healthcare as the topic that I write about in my final paper. To approach this topic, I plan on using research studies and experimental results to root my discussions on the potential benefits and application for music and sound in various aspects of healthcare.
For the past weeks, it has been quite a journey, exploring various aspects of the world around us (and within us) in new dimensions that I have never seen or thought of before. Something so simple, like bread, or graphite, are ubiquitous and easily ignored, but with contemplation and reflection, have meanings that can extend beyond just a superficial glance.
I recently published and presented a piece at NYU on Empedocles, a pre-Socratic who argued towards an ecological perspective of human situatedness in the wider biosphere (or perhaps even just among all things which have being).
For my final project I'd like to first set out Empedocles' basic notions, likely borrowing on my previous work, and discuss both universal kinship and metempsychosis as well as they ways Empedocles' gets to these ideas.
Since the beginning of the course, I realized that this class is not your typical honors class with rigorous structure and stressful examination and deadlines we need to meet each week, but rather a very unique, creative, fun discussion we have once a week to reflect on the important aspects of our lives; nature, art, and biotechnology. As honors students, we are often not given the opportunity of freedom and creativity in our regular courses.
Throughout the course of this class, we have explored the intersection of science and art in everything from bread to fungi to the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Week after week, I fell in love with the idea of looking for connections, quietly making observations, listening to my peers' interpretations of the world around them, and getting opportunities to just away from my computer in favor of just walking around outside and just absorbing the world around me in all its glory.
I want to explore what may be called noxious sounds—those sounds that, rather than calming or soothing, instead serve to disturb, annoy, or even hurt their listeners. I think we are all aware of these: nails on chalkboard, screeching Styrofoam, wailing sirens, squeaking hinges, crashing construction, and the like. Why do we hate the sound of Styrofoam; nails on a chalkboard; ambulance sirens? And what can constant exposure to these sounds mean for our health? I do not know if I will be able to answer these questions in the next few weeks, but I certainly hope to try.