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Just a thought:

You know how chemicals claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria? Well there’s always that 0.1% that was adapted enough to survive and it will reproduce more well-equipped offspring which is why antibiotics are being produced at very high “strengths” to combat this “smarter” bacteria.

Well, when criminals go to jail and come out after a short amount of time, they, in a sense, can help others figure-out how to be sneakier and more cunning than in the past. Also, Think about this: criminal investigation shows not only are a good way to show viewers an inaccurate depiction of the investigation process but also a cornucopia of checklists of details criminals should mind to get away with harmful acts.

Yes medicine/technology is getting more advanced but so are pathogens/criminals.


So I’m reading a ton of literature this Summer and on the pre-bedtime list are the fables by Aesop. I did some research after seeing the pronouns “she” and “her” applied to the hare in “The Tortoise and the Hare”. Indeed Reverend George Townsend (1867)  translated Aesop’s fables this way and I suppose the world wasn’t ready for the female hare. Danbury’s interpretation of the story is that the Hare was not foolish but realized it was a dumb race and of course all of the spectators attributed a huge success to this slow tortoise who really did not “win”. My further interpretation is that girl knew what she was doing and the world was just ignorant.

So, my friend Keyara and I are having a battle on creativity in writing. We are comparing and contrasting two absolutely random items you would never have thought to compare or contrast. My challenge from her is my big toe and a tree! It’s ON!

My big toe and a typical tree have a lot in common. They both have a tough exterior (the toe nail and the tree bark). They offer protection for the whole of the item. A lot of times, toes can get nasty parasites that cause them to get brown or yellow. Trees also have parasites like mistletoe which can cause harm to the organism. Trees and toes can both respond to stimuli but in different ways. Trees respond with different types of trophisms which affect the growth of the organism.

On another hand, they have worlds in between them for contrast. My big toe is attached to a whole organism where as the strong mighty tree stands up on it’s own and is its own organism. Most big toes are only different in terms of size, shape, and color where as trees can be so many different varieties of species and classifications. Although the skin on toes can get “ashy,” they don’t normally grow foliage nor flowers or fruit. One last thing is that there is a nervous system that operates in my toe which allows it to send signals to me to respond to stimuli or make it motile. Trees and toes can both respond to stimuli but in different ways. Trees respond with different types of trophisms which affect the growth of the organism.

Trees and big toes are completely different objects in normal, every-day thought. However, there are some similarities in structure and the roles of certain parts which aid in survival. It’s certainly not impossible to relate randomly selected objects. When you get to the building blocks of matter, everything in this universe was created from the same source. Tree man

Here’s a list of things that I would like to have accomplished by the end of the Summer. This is to keep my mind active at all times.

1) Wake up each morning with an exercise from “Caffeine for the Creative Mind” to spark my creativity:

This book has 250 exercises that spark the imagination (most helpful, however, for graphic artists) for anyone feeling a creativity block. I believe that as we get older, we should learn to view the world again as we did when we were younger. It really is much bigger when your imagination is constantly adding things.

2) Practice Instruments

1. Clarinet
* Demnitz Tonguing
* Kell Staccato Studies #s 1-5, 7-10, 12, 13
* Scales (Major and Melodic Minor)
* Baermann Method (Scales, Arpeggios, Broken Chords)
* Rose Studies
* Uhl Studies
* Solo Literature
2. Flute (full range scales and extending range past C7)

3) Personal Summer Reading List

1. Language, Truth, and Logic-Alfred Jules Ayer- pp. 153
This book defines, explains, and argues for the verification principle of logical positivism, sometimes referred to as the “criterion of significance” or “criterion of meaning”. It explains how the principle of verifiability may be applied to the problems of philosophy.

2. Uncle Tungsten– Oliver Sacks- pp. 318
The book is named for Sacks’ Uncle Dave, who owned a business named Tungstalite, which made incandescent lightbulbs with a tungsten filament, who Oliver nicknamed Uncle Tungsten. Uncle Tungsten was fascinated with tungsten and believed it was the metal of the future. The book also talks about many other things that happened to Sacks, such as the many whippings at Braefield school, the burning down of the Crystal Palace, his interest in amateur chemistry, and his short-lived obsession with coloring his own black and white photographs using dangerous chemicals. It is also an extremely readable primer in the history and science of chemistry.

3. Awakenings– Oliver Sacks- pp. 386
is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of these individuals, the stories of their lives, and the extraordinary transformations they underwent with treatment. This book, which W. H. Auden called “a masterpiece,” is a passionate exploration of the most general questions of health, disease, suffering, care, and the human condition.

4. The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat– Oliver Sacks- pp. 243
The book comprises 24 essays split into 4 sections which each deal with a particular aspect of brain function such as deficits and excesses in the first two sections (with particular emphasis on the right hemisphere of the brain) while the third and fourth describe phenomenological manifestations with reference to spontaneous reminiscences, altered perceptions, and extraordinary qualities of mind found in “retardates”.

5. This is Your Brain on Music– Daniel J. Levitin-pp. 276
Describes the components of music, such as timbre, rhythm, pitch, and harmony and ties them to neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, cognitive psychology, and evolution, while also making these topics accessible to nonexpert readers by avoiding the use of scientific jargon. One particular focus of the book is on cognitive models of categorization and expectation, and how music exploits these cognitive processes. The book challenges Steven Pinker’s “auditory cheesecake” assertion that music was an incidental by-product of evolution, arguing instead that music served as an indicator of cognitive, emotional and physical health, and was evolutionarily advantageous as a force that led to social bonding and increased fitness, citing the arguments of Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Miller and others.

6. Synaptic Self– Joseph LeDoux-pp. 324
Research on the brain, one of the few genuine frontiers remaining in science, continues to fascinate us, as it offers a glimpse into the deepest foundations of humanity. But in spite of great progress in understanding specific mental functions, like perception, memory, and emotion, little has been learned about how the self – the essence of who a person is, both in his or her own mind and in the eyes of others – relates to the brain.

7. Tchaikovsky: Letters to His Family– Himself- pp. 556
The great Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a compulsive letter writer. The 681 pieces contained in this volume offer unique and intimate insights into the composer’s life, ranging from two months before his 21st birthday in 1861 to six weeks before his death.

In vivid, informative detail Tchaikovsky discusses both his own music and that of his contemporaries, as well as European literature and art and, in a long missive, his reactions to the New World. Part of these letters’ fascination is the light that they throw on the social and political climate in which Tchaikovsky lived. He has much to say about patriotism, censorship, the conditions of the peasantry, the place of the Orthodox Church, and attitudes toward foreign countries. This is the definitive work on Tchaikovsky

8. The Diaries of Tchaikovsky -pp. 336

9. Wisdom:from Philosophy to Neuroscience– Stephen S. Hall-pp. 278
A compelling investigation into one of our most coveted and cherished ideals, and the efforts of modern science to penetrate the mysterious nature of this timeless virtue.We all recognize wisdom, but defining it is more elusive. In this fascinating journey from philosophy to science, Stephen S. Hall gives us a dramatic history of wisdom, from its sudden emergence in four different locations (Greece, China, Israel, and India) in the fifth century B.C. to its modern manifestations in education, politics, and the workplace. We learn how wisdom became the provenance of philosophy and religion through its embodiment in individuals such as Buddha, Confucius, and Jesus; how it has consistently been a catalyst for social change; and how revelatory work in the last fifty years by psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists has begun to shed light on the biology of cognitive traits long associated with wisdom—and, in doing so, begun to suggest how we might cultivate it.Hall explores the neural mechanisms for wise decision making; the conflict between the emotional and cognitive parts of the brain; the development of compassion, humility, and empathy; the effect of adversity and the impact of early-life stress on the development of wisdom; and how we can learn to optimize our future choices and future selves.Hall’s bracing exploration of the science of wisdom allows us to see this ancient virtue with fresh eyes, yet also makes clear that despite modern science’s most powerful efforts, wisdom continues to elude easy understanding.

10. The Fine Art of Repetition: Essays in the Philosophy of Music– Peter Kivy- pp. 373
Peter Kivy is the author of many books on the history of art and, in particular, the aesthetics of music. This collection of essays spans a period of some thirty years and focuses on a richly diverse set of issues: the biological origins of music, the role of music in the liberal education, the nature of the musical work and its performance, the aesthetics of opera, the emotions of music, and the very nature of music itself. Some of these subjects are viewed as part of the history of ideas, others as current problems in the philosophy of art. A particular feature of the volume is that Kivy avoids the use of musical notation so that no technical knowledge at all is required to appreciate his work. The essays will prove enjoyable and insightful not just to professionals in the philosophy of art and musicologists, or to musicians themselves, but also to any motivated general reader with a deep interest in music.

11. The Evolution of Childhood– Melvin Konner- pp. 753
The study of our evolution starts with one simple truth: human beings take an extraordinarily long time to grow up. What does this extended period of dependency have to do with human brain growth and social interactions? And why is play a sign of cognitive complexity, and a spur for cultural evolution? As Konner explores these questions, and topics ranging from bipedal walking to incest taboos, he firmly lays the foundations of psychology in biology.

12. A History of Western Philosophy– Berthrand Russell- pp.836
A conspectus of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic philosophers to the early 20th century. Although criticised for its over-generalization and its omissions, particularly from the post-Cartesian period, it was a popular and commercial success, and has remained in print from its first publication. When Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, the book was cited as one of those that won him the award. The book provided Russell with financial security for the last part of his life.