http://sciencefriday.com/video/11/15/2013/the-other-golden-rule.html

Hahahahahahaha. I have no idea why I came upon this video, but it make so much sense. I guess the combination of being a nerd and loving npr allowed me to stumble upon this fascinating discovery of “The Other Golden Rule”. Apparently, all mammals pee at the same rate. Looking at the flow rate of urine in mammals, it makes complete sense when treating the urethra as a pipe. Most of it depends on pressure and gravity. I’m not sure why someone decided to start studying the flow rate of urine in mammals, but I think it’s pretty awesome that they used physics to do it. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the perfect example of combining every useless thing you’ve learned in college to a real life situation.

I’m not sure who’s topic this video falls under, but I was looking up biological YouTube videos and stumbled upon this gem. Apparently this guy has an entire series, so I might have to check him out. But one study he talks about refers to rivalries between sexes in the workplace. Women are jealous of other women who are more attractive and more powerful where the only thing men care about are social lives. I thought this was interesting because he also mentoined that men don’t care about their looks or power, but they like women who are more attractive and powerful. I think it’s time for the men to step their game up if you ask me!

The most interesting study he talked about was the “sexual antagonism hypothesis” in reference to male homosexuality. Homosexuality may be genetically linked because males who are attracted to other highly attractive males will produce less offspring, but this same trait exists in the females who also carry this trait. These females will be attracted to highly attractive males and reproduce often. The same gene has an opposite affect in both sexes. I’m not sure if Rebecca talks about this study at all in her paper, but I am going to try and find the literature about this and see how it works exactly. This is a pretty cool study though.

Weekly Update

Weekly Update 12/01

I’m really struggling with my intro. I am trying to reorganize it and I think I’m maing it more difficult than it needs to be. I also need to add a little bit of empircal data, which is difficult with my subject I think. What I’m arguing doesn’t really require emperical data since it’s my opinion, but I think I could definitely include it in the set up of my argument. A lot of the papers I used didn’t really use a lot of emperical data, but I’m going to try to see what I can find. 

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Weekly Update

Weekly Update 11/24

After presenting my paper in class I’m gaining more confidence in my paper. I’ve just been working on my revisions and more development in my conclusions. I’m going to try and finish my revisions over the break so then I can work on it a lot the last week of classes. I’m having trouble with a few sections. Some of them seem like they’d be better in a different section of the paper, but I don’t know how much it will affect the parts of the paper surrounding those sections if I move them. I guess I will just figure it out when I try it. Good luck everyone!

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Weekly Update 11/17

As my presentation date comes closer and closer, I am starting to get nervous. I know that I know the material and have studied and researched it countless times, but I still get nervous to try and present it to others. Since sexual antagonism is somewhat hard to understand, I get tongue-tied while trying to explain it to others. I guess I just need to get over myself and suck it up. Hopefully I can organize my presenation well so that it’s understandable to others. I also probably will not get to include any revisions from my first draft, but I’m pretty confident that I know the material and I know what my argument is. I guess we will all see this week! Good luck to everyone else on their presentations and final drafts. It’s crazy that presentations are already this week; can’t wait to hear everyones!

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Weekly Update 11/10

Ummm…. my presentation is in TWO WEEKS !!! What is going on? I feel like we were reading Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice just a minute ago. There is a mixture of relief and stress as I’ve already turned in my first draft, but again, my presentation is in two weeks. I’m very anxious to get my comments back on my paper. I’m also anxious to see everyone else’s presentations. I’m glad we are going in the order of the chapters in the book. I know we all know everyones subjects and kind of what they will be talking about, but I also feel like I know nothing about everyones topic. 

I definitely think my paper, as well as everyone else’s, has come a long way. We’ve all done so much research and hard work. This book is our baby. Shout out to Mason for completely turning his paper around. His new and improved thesis statement is a million times better than the original (sorry Mase :)). Nevertheless, I think as I’ve written my paper, my vision has sort of cleared. I know what I want my point to be, I just hope everyone else sees what I’m trying to convey. I’ve never been too good with words, but I feel pretty confident about my first draft. Good luck to those who haven’t turned theirs in yet. 

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Weekly Update

Weekly Update 11/03

Fellow senior sem-ers: First of all, it’s Novemeber – WHAT THE HECK?! That means our chapters/book is that much closer to being finished and first drafts haven’t even been turned in yet. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. Despite my struggle to find the words to explain the examples and terms that define my paper, I’m pleased at how my paper is coming together. It’s exciting to see this paper coming together after all the research and hard work that I know all of us have put into our papers. My concerns mostly lie in the question “Am I making sense?” I keep having to ask myself this as I continue to plow through the paper. However, the annotated outline is helping me tremendously. This entire process has been very logical and helpful in writing my paper. I’m just glad that I got the outline over with and have already sifted through the majority of my research. I am going to post my paper on the Goodle Drive folder in parts as I write it; comments are welcome and appreciated. I hope everyone sees this post 🙂 Thanks guys.

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