Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Second Reading Report from Sarah

I like the following report because of its comprehensiveness.


I apologize for not mailing you for the last few days due to a series of school test and I did not have internet for sometime before that. These are list of the following things that I had done today, to cover up (a few of the work were done in the past):

1. I could not really find any elaborated texts regarding "Behavioral Science." But I did find a video of 57 minutes [an Introduction to the subject] on YouTube, a lecture from a Stanford Professor. He had talked about some surprising issues and I eventually understood the subject much, much more clearly that I had when I read about it from Wikipedia. He talks about how complicated it is to actually understand the human behavior, how it differs from animals, how it is similar to animals, and also how different it is from one person to another (although it was not said in detail, probably because it was a lot more complicated).
He also explained that human behaviorism was usually analyzed by categorizing it in the past because it is easier that way and influential scientists form the past century had tried to approach the topic in the similar way. But it was the main reason why people cannot get to the depth of a certain behavior, and this is exactly what made it complicated. He demonstrated this statement with examples. But what he tried to say was that people would have problems categorizing because of course, there is no one reason to that behavior ( it could be that a part of his brain suddenly got activated, or something went wrong with his hormones, or something in the environment affected him or the cause could also be evolution, or it could be even more than one cause) but also because different people were found to categorize things differently depending on what they are used to, what they are individually familiar with. He says differences in languages can be a factor because certain things cannot actually be categorized! So eliminating the process of categorizing, they tend to understand behaviorism as a whole. 
You may have noticed that I did not elaborate the similarities and differences between humans and animals, because there were numerous examples, astonishing examples. The SINGLE MOST important factor that concerns behavioral science is that the brain and the body affects each other in absolutely every single matter causing behavior. The professor asked his students to read the book Chaos by James Gleick. Have you read it? 
Hence, examples of behavioral science could be psychology, psycho biology or cognitive science.  
 2.  I read the wiki entry on the following – although the reading was only very sketchy.

§  Psychotherapy ( I worked on this a little more elaborately )
§  Neurology
§  Intellectual Property Rights
§  L' estranger – the 1st poem from Baudelaire's Le Spleen de Paris
§  White Dwarf
§  Red Giant
§  Black Hole
§  Hyper-nova
§  Supernova
3. I researched on the string theory and the M theory a long time back (but I did not get the chance to share it in class) I still have the points written on my notebook about what string theory is and its history.

4. Read a few pages from the book of Samuelson, the one you posted on the blog

5. Trying to finish reading as much as summaries possible from Cummings and so far I finished reading. 
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Agamemnon
  • Animal Farm
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Coriolanus
  • King Lear
  • Merchant of Venice
  • The Trial 
6. Watched the movie “Lord of the Flies" (I forgot to report this to you) 

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