Development of Knowledge 2016- Flacks

About this class

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of critical thinking and the development of the field of cognitive science. Special attention will be given to language, animal cognition and artificial intelligence as each relates to descriptions of the mind. 

In the first part of the course, we will study critical thinking and epistemology to assess what qualifies as “knowledge”. A critical reading of James Trefil’s Are We Unique? will then introduce students to a variety of disciplines relevant to the study of cognitive science including philosophy, linguistics, animal studies, neuroscience, anthropology, and psychology.

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by maude_migneron on September 7, 2016
http://time.com/3173937/what-are-animals-thinking-hint-more-that-you-suspect/

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by penelopesaunders on September 6, 2016
The issue that the article was discussing, was whether or not children with special needs benefit from hippotherapy treatment.

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by lalalele on September 6, 2016
Mice were placed in a scenario that caused them to show symptoms similar to those found in people suffering from depression. When they were placed under this social stress, SIRT1 protein levels rose in a part of the brain called the NAc (nucleus accumbens).

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by Adam J. Lavoie on September 6, 2016
A subject on the rise in the last few years and the cause of many debates is the question of whether or not meat is good for you. Reader's Digest's expert Chris Woolston wrote an article on the matter and gathered some factual information from different reports and studies in order to bring some clarity on the topic.

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by Justice M on September 6, 2016
                The article I read is “Dogs use same parts of brain to process speech as humans.” This article is about a research project done on dogs in Budapest. The issue in this text is whether dogs process speech similarly to how humans process speech, or if they don’t. After reading the article I think the conclusion is that they do. 1. Dogs use the left hemisphere of the brain to process words. 2.  Dogs use the right hemisphere of the brain to process intonations. 3. Humans use the left hemisphere of the brain to process words

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by simomo on September 5, 2016
Should basic coding be a mandatory class in Junior High? Analyst Tim Bajarin discusses the subject.

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by mustyanklesock on September 5, 2016
A four day workweek may seem glamourous. An entire extra day to yourself sounds amazing, but in reality, it poses a serious threat on your physical and mental health.

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by knowledge101 on September 5, 2016
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/17411437/san-francisco-49ers-qb-colin-kaepernick-sit-national-anthem-sees-change-america

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by ArianeFerguson on September 5, 2016
« Is your brain making you fat? Blame your mind not your body for weight gain, says scientist” an article by Sandra Aamodt Summary by Ariane Ferguson

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by bobo on September 5, 2016
The article I chose for this assignment involves the ongoing Colin Kaepernick saga in the NFL. As you may or may not have heard, during the the San Francisco 49ers's preseason games Kaepernick refused to stand during the singing of the national anthem, which is a tradition in the National Football League. He explained that he "is not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

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by Pingy on September 2, 2016
What are the effects of bullying if it started in their childhood? A research suggests that college students’ psychological problems may be related to their perceptions of past childhood bullying experiences. A study that involved 480 college students showed that the effects of bullying can stay for years which will affect the victim’s mental health into their adulthood. Some students has reported on their psychological functioning and symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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8 months 1 week ago

I think that you are all right, everyone can speak or be defended equally. It is not because a tragedy happened around a specific religion that all religions should be consider differently. Our system has always been based on equality. However, I do agree with the fact that their possible illegal actions are not respectful and can send a message who is questionable. In fact, our country is supposed to be open and should be able to listen to everyone's justification.

8 months 2 weeks ago

This subject which unfortunately monopolizes a large majority of young women in South Asia denounces an enormous inequality in men and women in this corner of the world. Being a faithful feminist, I must be appalled by this problem. These girls are forced to have early behavior for their age. Indeed, they become wives and mothers at a very young age which obviously reduces their educational opportunities and have a job. The poverty of some place like India is a very influential factor in this social problem. For example, India is a victim of an highly social segregation, which means that there is an important gap between the rich and the poor. Girls who come from more disadvantaged families are more likely to be married younger than girls from richer backgrounds. South Asia is composed of several countries whose traditional values are very exploited, man being often the master of the house, which results very much from abut control of feminine sexuality and physical violence. Several families in this region of the world that the education of these girls is negligible for economic reasons. There are also social norms that value boys more than girls, which is why some parents do not fund their daughters' health and access to education, believing that marrying these girls is the only way opportunity. I find that this subject must continue to be denounced in order to improve the justice of our world.

9 months 1 week ago

Very interesting topic! What drew me to your post was the name, “From Indians to Redskins: is it time to stop using Native American names in sports?” Since I’m not a sports fan I had never really thought or even knew that there were sport team named and mascots that were “Native American themed” (for lack of a better word), but I’m glad that it has been brought to my attention. Appropriating and disrespecting Native American culture in North America has been a problem for some time, and it doesn’t just stop at sports names. Since Halloween just passed, I’m sure you saw all the costumes that were appropriating and sexualizing Native American culture, which is equally as disrespectful as having a sports team called “Redskins”. All of these things help keep the Native American stereotypes alive, which we have been discussing in my class. In my class, we talked about Disney movies, and how some of them perpetuate stereotypes. For example, in Aladdin, the opening line to the first song is “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face, it’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” Racism in pop culture (as well as sports culture) is detrimental to a society because it desensitizes people to it, and makes people think it’s okay. In your post you say, “Another reason this issue seems to get overlooked or dismissed is that sometimes these teams get backing from certain tribes because unlike the Redskins, they use specific tribe names that would not really be considered racist.” It’s this kind of implicit racism that gets overlooked, and almost gives people “permission” to behave this way because it’s “not that bad”. Since there are over 2,000 sports teams in America with Native American themed names, it will take some time to change the way our society perceives what is and isn’t racist, or at the very least, what is just plain disrespectful.

11 months 1 week ago

Hi! I had never heard about this protein before reading your post and I found this really interesting. I think that this could potential help in the medical field. The only thing that is making me have a doubt about this research is the size of the group of rats that were put to this scenario. It makes a difference whether 10 mice or 100 of them were tested, because if for example 500 of them were placed under social stress and that most of them, but not all had an increase in SIRT1 protein, hasty generalization might have even taken place. I believe that the size is not mentioned either in the original article, so it is not because you emitted this information. I might have misunderstood and would be happy for you to correct if I did. Apart from that, I loved reading about his topic and you worded and explained everything very well.

11 months 1 week ago

Hello! I was very intrigued by the subject that your article was about and I find that you very well explained and summarized it. Although, I am not sure about the connection with first premise in relation to the conclusion. I am not sure why this proves that the brain processes information faster. I could have misunderstood your premise and I would be happy to discuss this with you. Again well done!

11 months 1 week ago

Hello ,
I read your article and I found it really interesting, depression is a mental disease that affects a lot of people nowadays and it is great to see that science are making progress in this field. However I think that the when you talk about the mice scientific experience you do not mention the size of the sample. Therefore we cannot know if there was 2000 or 20 mice tested. Nevertheless I think that this study was really interesting to read.

11 months 1 week ago

Hi! Think that your article is very interesting because it talks about our current political issues.
I think that your premise would need justification because you are only demonstrating YOUR opinion on Trump s ideas. You are not showing any examples or proofs that his ideas are extreme. That said, your premises are more suppositions and in my opinion not very strong... However , I really enjoyed reading your article!

11 months 1 week ago

I like how your post is focused on the humanist side of things and begins by explaining how human started to eat meat, but I think that you’re using pity instead of reason to convince the readers that we should stop eating meat. For example, instead of describing someone’s meal that includes meat, you describe it as “having a dead animal in their plate.” Also, in your statement about how someone’s belief in God will affect his stance on the matter, you says that either someone is going to be in favor of eating of eating meat or against it, which is a contradiction in the premise. You have a good point in stating the ethical and humanist side of things, but the whole argument is lacking factual support, it makes it hard to make connections between the premises in your post. Overall, I think that your article has a lot of potential, but to give some seriousness to it you might want to put you opinion and emotions aside while writing it.

11 months 1 week ago

I personally think that your analysis and research on this issue is outstanding. So much information in such a clear and short post makes it easy to read and to understand the problem in the best way possible. However, some of the premises in your argument might contain fallacies. Popularity for example. In your second paragraph, the lawsuits filed by the former NFL players (who received more than $900M in the NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement) don't represent the 24 414 players who have played in the NFL from 1920 to 2014 (per pro-football-reference.com). Even though 5 000 is a lot of players willing to fight for compensation, a lot of other don't have the same opinion. Chris Conte, who has been in the League since 2011 and suffered from concussions throughout his career, says that playing in the NFL is worth dying 10 or 15 years earlier than the average person. Also, even though only one out of 500 kids who plays high school football in their senior year is going to make it in the big League, a lot of others get scholarships to go play college football while many of these lucky players don't have enough money to go into post-secondary studies, so this statistic might require more research. Plus, you say that the NFL has been reluctant to make any changes regarding the rules of the game, but many rules and penalties have been added and/or changed to protect the players. The interdiction of hitting a defenseless player (who isn't prepared to be hit or doesn't see you) or hitting with the crown of the helmet and intentional hits to the head are some of the rules that have been added in 2012 only. There are many others that were added since, this counter example nullifies your point on the League's ignorance of the players' safety. Even though your post lacks a view from a different angle along with the absence of more research concerning the other side of the debate, you succeed in explaining an issue that casual football fans should be more conscious of along with raising awareness about this important issue.

11 months 1 week ago

Your opinion on the matter, especially your point about getting used to working 10 hours per day made me think of how people can adapt to their living and working conditions. For example, getting up early was hard for me until it became a routine and now I can't sleep past 8 am when I have the day off. The statistics and facts in your article might be generalising and/or misleading a bit, the one saying that the risk of suffering an industrial accident is raised by 37% when you have worked more than 12 hours a day for example. Accidents happens more often in factories and manual jobs, because the environment is already more dangerous than an office job when you're not tired. Also, even if people don't function well under stress and fatigue, a lot of jobs requires them to work outside of their paid hours, like teachers correcting articles and comments on newsactivist.com or business men/women making plans and studying charts to prepare for their meetings. These are just the first things that popped into my head when I re-read your article, but I think these are things that should be taken into account when we want to clear things up on an issue like that.

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About the author

I'm a Humanities Teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert and the designer and founder of Newsactivist. Between 2007 and the present, I've developed a course, Newsactivist, which asked students to blog about the news that they felt showed parts of the world in need of improvement.