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The Burn

"I really felt mercy for the boys but what can i do other than leaving all for christ to help the disabled kids." - Moses   I found this thought really interesting, and more than a little sad. It's very chilling to feel empathy and a want to help...
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The Burn

"The damage done due to malnutrition in prenatal brain development is often irreversible." - Desi   This was a really interesting thing for me to read... I feel like it illustrates how sometimes you are born without choices in some areas. It...
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Part 2 - Finally!

After presenting the findings of my the first part of my project (how evolution works), I'm excited to say I can really delve into my original inspiration - the development of anger in primates.   Here's a mini plan for part 2, summarizing what...
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Survey

Jessica Schmidt (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Hi everyone! For my project I need some help. If anyone has 10 minutes to spare, I'd really appreciate if you could quickly fill out my survey. It's mainly opinion based. My project is on colour perception so my survey is mainly about how different...
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The Burn

"I wonder if we had remarkable African scientists in the past." - Denis Chege   This was a really eye-opening question for me. I've never really considered the fact that other cultures of course have people proficient in areas like math, english...
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Jessica Schmidt (Alumni-LFAS) ·
I know this has already been posted as a burn, but I love it so much I think it deserves a second round!   "are optimists really happier than pessimists,and are pessimists even unhappy?" - Jess Tylor   I never realized I was interested in...
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The Burn

"There's always that thought that adults are far less imaginative than children due to the fact that they know more about facts, can be cynical at times, etc." - Josh Groom   I found Josh's comment really eye-opening for me. I never really made...
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The Burn

"This is where my project could change because I'm not sure if confidentiality will pose a problem, but if it does I will modify." - Josie Schmidt Something I really liked about your plan was how careful you were to avoid falling into the common project traps. Desi pointed out one of those - the specifics of what you mean by victim and offender - and this was another one I loved. You are recognizing the fact that confidentiality may be a legitimate problem in your project, and acknowledging...
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Burn

"Corruption might be said to be good or bad depending on the angle at which it is judged" -  SARNAVER MWENDE I LOVE this quote. My favourite part of Butterfly Effect can be captured in this - finding a new way to think about something. I've spent a lot of time looking at the good and bad sides of emotions, but concepts such as corruption, not at all. It hadn't occurred to me that corruption of all things good have sides - but it does. Thank you, Sarnaver.
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Burn

"I think courage isn't just doing frightening things without fear, it is doing those things despite your fear." - Desi  Chek   I absolutely love this way of thinking about courage. I've always considered courage just not having fears,...
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Re: Survey!

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Originally Posted by Jessica Schmidt: Thanks for the comment Desi! I've always thought heroism and courage were quite different - maybe that's just a difference in how we were raised though. I do agree that they are synonyms, but their meaning is a bit different. Heroism is doing what is right and helping others when they need it, where courage is more just doing scary things without fear. How do you view those traits? I'm interested to hear what you think? Thanks for your explanation! I...
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Victor Mageto (Alumni) ·
I solely agree with you Jessica Schmidt,that the obvious things end up being of great concern later in life after we get someone to unravel them and give us the hidden meaning,thanks for this insight.
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The Burn 3.1

"No two galaxies are alike, but we can pretend they are while categorizing them." - Anika Schreiber While also funny, this statement made me think about how arbitrary categorizations are. They are of course an inherent desire of humans - a way of organizing information in the brain - but they are honestly meaningless. And it's important to recognize this. Thanks for the food for thought, Anika!
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Burn 1.1

"Do dogs have enemies?" Rhea Manhas Aw, man, where do I even begin? I love this question! Attaching a usually human associated term to non-human things always interests me. This can lead to a whole bunch of questions, such as "What are enemies, really?" and "Why is the term enemy attached almost exclusively to humans?" Thanks for the brain-food!
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Burn 1.2

"This task will be heavily biased and in a way crude, though it is a necessary compromise to avoid being completely neutral." - Opal Patil I think this is a really mature way of approaching ranking and bias. In life, it is difficult to make opinions on anything without bias, but considering the use of bias as an end-game event is unhelpful. Acknowledging both the inevitability and necessity of bias may be the best way of approaching this. Great job, Opal!
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Interesting Facts and Concepts Part 3

Here is a continuation of the evolution summaries I did at the end of the last cycle.   Selective Pressure -   The phenomena that drives evolution. As you may remember from previous posts, animals typically work towards three main goals:...
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Survey!

Hi everyone! As a continuation of my project, I've made a survey. I would love if you could all spare 15 minutes and fill it out. Thank you so much - and I look forward to seeing the responses!   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDKWLFH  ...
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Survey - Two Days Left For Responses!!

Okay guys! Thank you so much for all the responses so far! 111 in less than a week is truly staggering. If any of you still haven't done the survey, I will still have it open for two more days. On Tuesday I will close it down and start posting about...
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The Burn

"I can say that by solely garnering information and researching studies, facts, statistics, etc, I was not capable of relating to external cultures in the depth and breadth I'd desired. Though research is necessary, presenting a whole civilization of people as one dimensional report definitely did not allow certain truths to surface." - Anika Zak What I appreciate about this observation is how seemingly obvious it is, despite the fact I've never thought of it before. This is something I've...
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The Burn

"My project research has not completely changed my thinking of social media affecting depression." Emily Trepinier I love this observation! Admitting to seeing something in a new way, and highlighting it is far different than admitting your project did not have a staggering affect on one's viewpoints. I really appreciate how Emily said this, even though she still gained a lot from her project,
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Anger in Hominidae

Hello folks! The first family of primates I will be looking at, which includes gorillas, gibbons, orangutans, and chimps, is called the hominidae family.   This is a chart of which of those animals exhibit my definition of anger. ANIMAL: YES OR...
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Burn!

"It is possible that the link between the income of families and their children’s test scores could partly be attributed to the fact that people with higher incomes are able to afford healthier food and; therefore, are able to have healthier, more balanced diets." - Desi Chek This connection really interests me. It seems to me to be one of those things that feels obvious after figuring it out, yet not many people draw this conclusion. I wonder where the 'possible' in this comes...
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Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Thank you. I have a family member who suffers from brain damage as a result of severe malnutrition in prenatal development. It's neither his fault nor his mother's, but it's something that will continue to affect him and his family for the rest of their lives. It's incredibly unfair that something completely out of someone's control can affect them in such a harsh and permanent way.
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Joy Evans Wangui (Loise) ·
I also get the feeling jessica....sometimes I pass by town and just see a helpless kid in a wheelchair begging for money and I just wonder what I could do to help...even if I offer some few coins in my pocket that would not be enough for him or her .......am also just a kid so I cn simply just afford sympathy.
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Yeah. I really agree with you Joy. I love that you're thinking and talking about this stuff. And sympathy can sometimes mean more than coins...
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Schadenfreude Survey

Hey guys! If you have 5-10 minutes of free time, I'd really love if you could take this survey. Please share the link on social media as well, if possible! Thank you. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2XCD7VD
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Research 1.3 - Intrinsic Apoptosis

Evolutionary Genetics Research 1.3 – The Biological Process of Apoptosis Part 3 Step 1. Research key ideas: i) How and why apoptosis occurs a) How apoptosis works Summary of Last Research: All animal cells have a way of destroying themselves called apoptosis. Caspases are the main mediators of the process and are therefore found in all animal cells. Their main focus, once activated is to both destroy key proteins in the cell and activate more caspases. There are two ways of this happening:...
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Research 1.4 - The Benefits of Apoptosis

Evolutionary Genetics Research 1.4 – The Benefits of Apoptosis Step 1. Research key ideas i) How and why apoptosis occur? b) Why apoptosis occurs The biggest function of apoptosis is cell regulation. It takes charge when either an unwanted structure exists, or more or less cells are needed in an area. It is a way for an organism to control cell levels, and is necessary. In a human, billions of cells undergo apoptosis every hour. A beautiful example comes from Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4...
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Research 2.3 - Gametogenesis Part 2

Evolutionary Genetics Research 2.3 – Gametogenesis Part 2 Research key ideas iii) How genes are passed on a) Male gametogenesis In my previous post, I discussed the biological process of spermatogenesis, the process of producing sperm. In this post, I will continue the topic by discussing how hormones and other environmental factors affect the process. Temperature: Sperm is greatly affected by temperature fluctuations. The regular body temperature is 37 degrees, but this is too hot for...
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Metamorphosis Cycle 2

This cycle, I worked with two separate questions. The overall question, which is informing all my cycles this year, is “How do the evolutionary benefits of a humans and the cells of that humans conflict, and how does this conflict affect the human?” My cycle-specific question was “How is genetic information retained through humans?” Exploring this inquiry has been helpful for me in being able to compare cellular division and reproduction. I’ve always had the two processes separated in my...
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The Burn 2.2

"Every moment spent on social media is a moment that isn't spent with family and friends." - Rosemary Makena I found this quote really interesting. I find that people often consider using social media to be spending time with friends and families. But that isn't necessarily a free assumption to make. I wonder what the difference is between time spent with friends and family online and time spent with friends and family in person. How different is the quality of conversation?
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Research 1.1 - Caspase Cascade

Jessica Schmidt (Alumni-LFAS) ·
The Biological Process of Apoptosis Part 1 Step 1. Research key ideas: a) How and why apoptosis occurs i) How apoptosis works To summarize, apoptosis is basically a clean way for cells to commit suicide. Scientists often describe the term as ‘programmed cell death,’ and this is good way to understand the concept. A series of events will trigger a second series of events that result in the cell’s death. For this post, I will discuss the biological process of apoptosis itself.* Next, I will...
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Research 1.2 - Extrinsic Apoptosis

Jessica Schmidt (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Evolutionary Genetics Research 1.2 – The Biological Process of Apoptosis Part 2 Step 1. Research key ideas: i) How and why apoptosis occurs a) How apoptosis works Summary of Last Research: All animal cells have a way of destroying themselves called apoptosis. Caspases are the main mediators of the process and are therefore found in all animal cells. Their main focus, once activated is to both destroy key proteins in the cell and activate more caspases. This post, I am focusing on what causes...
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Evolutionary Biology Project - Next Steps

In my last post (the other side of emotions) I mentioned that I would explain how evolution can relate to the answers in the survey. Here is a mini-plan outlining how I am going to do that. I would love feedback on this. I am planning for this to take a few weeks.  1. Define selfishness and heroism 2. Determine through research (and by applying principles learned) how these emotions are either being selected for or not being selected against in current human society. Pay attention...
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Heroism - Updated Definition and Effects

Jessica Schmidt (Alumni-LFAS) ·
After some discussion, and a few great points brought to me, my definition for heroism has changed a bit. Also, instead of doing selfishness and heroism side by side as originally planned, I'd rather focus on heroism first, then do selfishness. Here is my original definition: The qualities or attributes shown by a person who is not dissuaded by something that may harm them, particularly when they are in a situation that can contribute to fulfilling a higher purpose. And my updated (I'm still...
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Heroism - what is it, anyway?

The goal of my project at this point is to see how accurate other's perceptions of emotions  (and their evolutionary necessities) are. The first pair of emotions I'm starting with is heroism and selfishness. This post will be on the definition of heroism, and the one tomorrow will be on the definition of selfishness.  First, here's a look at what other sources define heroism as:   Oxford English Dictionary: "Great bravery." Alternatively, bravery is defined as "Courageous...
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Should indigenous cultures have their art forms protected as a human right?

After submitting my essay for the Cultural Retreat, I was asked to share it on Butterfly Effect. In summary, I discussed the very dangerous topic of whether or not indigenous cultures should have their art forms protected as a human right. My conclusion may come across as harsh, but if you read all my points I hope it is easy to see why I took the viewpoint that I did. Should indigenous cultures have their art forms protected as a human right? Human rights are a difficult topic to approach.
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The Burn

"the pros and cons imagination can bring forth in adults and children." - Megan Courtney and (I think) Taryn Gendron   I found this comment to be very shocking for me, as I realized that seemingly inherently 'good' things must have cons as...
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The Ideal Person - According to You

After a week of painstaking survey analyzing, I finally have some results of y'all! Here are the different ideas discussed in the final question, sorted from most occurrences to least occurrences. I did not include ideas that only came up three times...
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Anger?

Hey all! The first step in my project was coming up with a definition of anger, and although I did create one, I'm not entirely sure it's what I'm looking for.  I'd love feedback and possible ways I could improve my definition.   Anger- A...
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Re: Part 2 - Finally!

George Gitonga (Alumni) ·
Great plan you got there,actually doing that would be the best thing I think,when you contact professionals about on the orangutans........and the others you stand a better chance to find out a lot from them and now with the personal speculations would make a good find or findings,keep up!
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Re: Part 2 - Finally!

Mr. Mburu (Admin) ·
I'm excited to see you document your findings. This would definitely help you suggest methods of enhancing conservation and coexistence with our closest ancestors. Just ensure that you stick to the scientific procedures. Good. Keep on.
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Re: Part 2 - Finally!

Thanks for the feedback George and Mr. Mburu! I'll definitely make sure to keep to the scientific process. It's hard for me because it's my first real big time using it, but I'll try my best!
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Re: Part 2 - Finally!

Victor Mageto (Alumni) ·
Wow!This is amazing and exciting,to see you almost on your final lap of your findings,I love your plan also,in addition i would also love you to look at why the degree of anger differ from one person to another..also remember to write down some of the questions you are likely to ask the professionals and seek more clarification from them
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Research 3.3 – Multicellular Efficiency

Research Key Ideas Explore Concepts: i) What cells gain from being part of an organism a)How multicellular life formed ii) What an individual cell gains from allowing itself to die Respond to the question A common analogy used when discussing multicellular efficiency is a city. In a typical town there are doctors, police officers, mechanics, researchers, clerks, and a great number of specific jobs. While it is possible for a person to live by themselves and fulfill all their needs, cities...
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Project Plan Cycle 2

Jessica Schmidt (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Project Plan Cycle 2 Topic: Evolution Question: I wonder how (if) conflicts between the interests of a human and the interests of the cells of a human affect the observable characteristics of the human. Teacher: Ms. Knittel Mentor: TBA As I still haven’t answered my question, I’ve decided to continue with my project from last cycle. Last cycle, I examined cell death, which gave me a better understanding of what I need to do to answer my question. My next steps can be illustrated by the below...
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Project Plan Cycle 3 - Evolutionary Genetics

Project Plan Cycle 3 Topic: Evolution Question: I wonder how (if) conflicts between the interests of a human and the interests of the cells of a human affect the observable characteristics of the human. Teacher: Ms. Knittel Mentor: TBA As I still haven’t answered my question, I’ve decided to continue with my project from last cycle. Last cycle, I examined gametogenesis, and the differences between phenotypes and genotypes, which gave me a better understanding of what I need to do to answer...
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Project Plan - Temporary

This plan may undergo a lot of changes in the next few days - especially around the central question. Feedback is very welcome! Project Plan 1.1 Topic: Evolution Question: I wonder how (if) conflicts between the interests of a human and the interests of the cells of a human affect the observable characteristics of the human. Teacher: TBA Mentor: TBA Something that has always interested me about evolution is how cells in an organism (ex: a human) commit apoptosis - or suicide to benefit the...
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Research 1.5 - Necrosis

Jessica Schmidt (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Evolutionary Genetics Research 1.5 – Necrosis Step 1. Research key ideas i) How and why apoptosis occurs b) Why apoptosis occurs To further explore why apoptosis (cell suicide) is so necessary, I need to know why other forms of cell death do not suffice. This post and the next will explore two other main ways cells can die: necrosis, and (next time) autophagy. Also, because these two versions of cell death are more for context, I will not go very far into the subjects. This post is only a...
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Research 1.6 - Autophagy

Evolutionary Genetics Research 1.6 – Autophagy Step 1. Research key ideas i) How and why apoptosis occurs b) Why apoptosis occurs To further explore why apoptosis (cell suicide) is so necessary, I need to know why other forms of cell death do not suffice. This post will explore another way cells can die: autophagy. To help understand autophagy*, take note of the word’s Greek roots. ‘Autophagos,’ meaning “self-devouring.” That is essentially what the process is – the cell consumes itself.
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