Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Current Life Soundtrack

"Ain't No Rest For The Wicked"- Cage The Elephant
This fits my life perfectly especially with the semester winding down and having to do a lot of school work to finish on time.  Along with school work I have band practice which is getting pretty stressful with all of the different shows we've had to learn in such little time.  I feel like I will not truly be at rest until the semester is over and winter break begins.

"Don't Stop Believin'"- Journey
This song always gets me pumped up and gives me almost a second wind.  This song makes me believe that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.  It also makes me think of when I used to dance.  We danced to this song and dancing for me was always a great outlet.

"Jump Around"- House of Pain
Of course this song fits into my soundtrack because of the badger football team going to the Big Ten Championship, which means that the band gets to go along to!  This song is always one of my favorite parts of badger games and makes me feel true badger pride. Go badgers!

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"- Bruce Springsteen
This song reminds me how close Christmas is and gives me a drive to get my work done so that I can go home and be with my family.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Research on Different Types of Animal Testing

"FDA supports the development and use of alternatives to whole-animal testing as well as adherence to the most humane methods available within the limits of scientific capability when animals are used for testing the safety of cosmetic products" (Animal Testing, n.d.).
Animal Testing. (n.d.). Retrieved November 19, 2011, from FDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductTesting/ucm072268.htm

This cite describes what safely product animal testing is and how it relates to the government and laws.  This helps we research my research topic because I am describing the differences between safety product animal testing and animal testing for biological research.  I believe this source is reliable because is that cite of the FDA which mainly has factual information.  I also think that since it is the FDA's website that they know what they're talking about in terms of government laws involving cosmetic testing on animals.  

"These scientists study animals because they are a lot like people when it comes to basic body functions like breathing, eating, hearing, and seeing" (Medical Research, n.d.).

Medical Research with Animals [Brochure]. (n.d.). National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from National Institutes of Health website, http://science.education.nih.gov/animalresearchfs07.pdf

This is a brochure that i found on a government website of the National Institutes of Health.  I however am not quite positive how reliable this informations is.  It does sound that this institution is real, but I'm not sure how truthful this information is.  It does however, provide why animals are used for testing, what animals are tested on including data tables, and how different testing have benefited people.  This source has potential, but may not be the most reliable.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chapter 10 and End of The Psychopath Test

Jon Ronson in Chapter 10 talks about how identifying mental disorders was developed and how it may be overused to diagnose patients.  He gives the example of children who where overly hyper and challenging being diagnosed with childhood bipolar disorder.  Rebecca Reilly, a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder, died from an overdose of antipsychotic drugs that were prescribed for her bipolar disorder.  Rebecca's death could have been avoided if she was correctly diagnosed instead of the doctors just assuming she had bipolar disorder.  Throughout this chapter Ronson also discussed how the different versions of the DSM were made and how new disorders were added to the updated versions.

I enjoyed reading this book because it forced me to look at psychopaths in a way I never have before.  I learned a lot from this book about different types of people and how we judge one another in our society.  I also learned about the value of trust.  Thinking about how many psychopaths could be out there makes you wonder who, in the world, you can really trust.  I think Ronson was very brave and daring to meet with the different individuals that he interviewed throughout the book.  I know that I would not want to be caught anywhere near half of these individuals.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ronson Chapter 8 and 9

In chapter 8, Ronson described Rachel North's traumatic experience with a terrorist bombing on a train.  After the bombing Rachel was depressed and found that writing blogs about how she felt and surviving her the experience.  Many other survivors commented on her blogs and they all decided to meet as a support group for one another.  There was a group of non-believers, led by David Shayler, who would twist Rachel's blogs and say that the bombing was just a power surge.  They became very nasty with her and would say that she didn't really exist and that she was just a group of people.  David Shayler and his group of followers also had their own conspiracies about other events besides 7/7, such as 9/11 being hologram airplanes.  Shayler even thought that he was the next Messiah.  Ronson then meets with Shayler who he finds to be a psychopath due to some evidence such as, having no empathy toward Rachel, having these extremely out there conspiracy beliefs, and occasionally dressing up in women's clothing.

Chapters 8 and 9 both had to do with tragic events that occur in our society.  Chapter 8 with the terrorist bombing and psychopaths thinking up crazy conspiracies.  Chapter 9 with horrible murders committed by psychopaths.  I thought it was interesting reading about David Shayler's crazy conspiracy beliefs because it puzzled me how someone could draw those conclusions even though there was enough evidence supporting the terrorist attacks.  I really enjoyed the visible representation of Shayler's conspiracies and how the media thought about them.  It showed that, over time, Shayler's  beliefs were getting more and more rediculous.