Love Science ♥

Through the centuries, no one has ever fully known what love is. People from all cultures know how it feels like or how it works, but they never know the reason behind the feeling. This uncertainty has lead some people (such as the greeks) to personify love in the form of Cupid shooting arrows to make people fall in love. Recently, however, there have been attempts to explain and even quantify this abstract feeling or emotion. One simple way to do this was from surveys that use the Likert scale or a rating scale from 1 to 5 (Strongly disagree to strongly agree) asking people to rate statements like “You always seem to be on my mind.” Interviews also played a role to collect qualitative data, but what is most accurate and a reliable way to collect information would be from the brain scans because it shows to us the ways the human mind reacts to the feeling of falling in love, as well as, the feeling of long years of being married.

I agree that we can turn to human sciences to understand our romantic relationships because, in my opinion, the feeling of falling in love can be explained by both brain scans and hormones. To an extent, I agree to this quote from the article entitled Measure Love: “According to Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and author of “Why Him? Why Her?,” the smitten party is acting out of a motivation to “win life’s greatest prize — a mating partner for life.” Because our ancestors valued having a mating partner to ensure the continuation of the human race, this trait might have also been passed down to us. Therefore, we feel this attraction towards the opposite sex to help us in finding a partner. Beyond this extent, however, I believe that love’s purpose is not simply to help us reproduce or find mates, but also as a tool of helping us create relationships and friendships with other people in general.

Liham (Pangkat C)

Kagalang galang na puno ng DepEd,

Sumusulat ako sa iyo ngayon dahil mayroon akong nakikitang problema sa larangan ng edukasyon ng ating bansa. Alam ko na pareho tayo’y mayroong parehong tingin na importante ng edukasyon sa mamamayang pilipino pero sinusulat ko ang liham na ito upang ipaalam sa iyo muli ang mga problema sa edukasyon at iilang mga solusyon na gusto kong ibigay bilang mungkahi.

Katulad ng sinabi ni Padre Fernandez sa akin noon, ang edukasyon ay tatayo ng “isang matibay na pundasyon, isang pundasyong hindi mawawasak, gaya halimbawa ng hustisya, sa halip na isang pundasyon ng kamangmangan.” Importante ang pundasyon sa bansa natin at ang pundasyon natin ay ang kabataan. Sa paglaki nila, sila ang magiging kinabukasan ng ating bayan. Maraming problema sa kalidad ng edukasyon ang nakikita kong maaaring maging sanhi ng kasiraan ng ating bansa. Isa lamang dito ay ang kulangan ng mga silid-aralan at mga upuan kung saan uupo ang mga mag-aaral. Ang aking masasabi lamang ay dapat mapagawa ng bagong silid-aralan upang mas maraming estudyante ang ating matuturo.

Mayroon rin akong nakitang diskriminasyon na nangyayari sa mga estudyante. Sa aking palagay, mas binibigay ng pabor ng mga kastilang pari ang mga kastla at mestisong mag-aaral kaysa sa mga indio na sa tingin nila’y tanga at mangmang ngunit malungkot kong sasabihin sa iyo na hindi ako sumasangayon dito. Sa aking pagbisita sa isang paaralan, mayroon akong nakitang mga indiong nag-aaral sa klase ng isang prayle na masipag na nag-aaral at mistulang matalino sila. Hindi lamang diskriminasyon ang problema. Kung kilala mo ako, malalaman mo na pinagmamalaki ko ang pagmahal sa trabaho. Sa aking palagay, kapag hindi mahal o walang lugod ang mga prayleng ito sa pagtuturo dapat hindi na lang sila magturo.

Salamat po sa pagbasa ninyo sa aking liham. Sana’y nabasa mong mabuti ang mga gusto kong ipahayag sa iyo at maaaring magkaroon na ng pagbabago sa kaledad ng edukasyon sa kinabukasan.

Sumasainyo,

Howard Chua

S’mores Blog

Picture of the experiment: 😀

Procedures / Data:

1.  The following symbols will be used for each reactant.

C = chocolate square;   M = marshmallow;   G = graham cracker

Get the mass of each reactant.

  • Chocolate square (the size you wish to use on each S’more): 12.5 g
  • Marshmallow: 5 g
  • Graham cracker (the size you wish to use on each S’more): 7.2 g

2.  Perform a synthesis reaction, thus forming a S’more. Write the balanced equation for the reaction below. (Each of the S’mores ingredients, chocolate square (C), marshmallow (M), and graham cracker (G), represents an element on the periodic table. Graham cracker represents a diatomic element, always found in pairs, and should therefore be represented as G2.)

C + M + G2 → CMG2

3.  Make the reaction go to completion by forming as many of the products as you possibly can. Get the mass of ONE representative product.

S’more: 24.7 g

4.  Count and record the number of products you were able to form.   4

Observations:

  1. The mass of the S’more is equivalent to the mass of the reactants used to make it. (Law of conservation of mass)
  2. There is no limiting reactant in C + M + G→ CMG2 because each reactant is needed with equal proportions to get the product.
  3. There were no products in excess.
  4. This experiment was fun.

Failure

Failure is something that we were taught to dread from kindergarten to college, but this article, The Sweet Smell of Failure, disagrees. It tells us the role of failure in helping us be more open-minded and seeing more paths that can be taken. The idea that struck me most in the article was the title: The Sweet Smell of Failure because it made me wonder: How can failure be sweet? I agree with what this article is saying because I often feel the same way. Whenever I fail, I feel really down and of course find new ways to fix the problem at hand. However, if I get it right the very first time, I don’t bother to check other alternative paths that I could have taken because the path I took was successful for me already. As some people may know, I am a member of our volleyball varsity team. At the beginning of the season, we played like rookies, but instead of fearing our failures, we tried new things to correct our mistakes. We thought of new strategies, line-ups, and even new forms for serving and hitting. Eventually, after some failures and scraped knees (metaphorically), I believe that we are finally improving as a team. We won two games straight this week! Yeah! Go Xavier!

Some possible knowledge issues seen in the article are that failure “leads us to loftier heights than we might otherwise achieve” and that people who follow the “Straight and Narrow Way” or those who are resistant to change “were unhappier and felt less fulfilled than people who were willing to seek out change every now and then.”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201106/the-benefits-bad-feelings/the-sweet-smell-failure

Nightmares

My 3 questions are:

  1. Why does gender, mood, and depression affect the frequency of a person’s nightmare?
  2. When would a dream be considered a nightmare or just a dream?
  3. If people often forget what they dream about, how can you tell if the person had a nightmare?
Why do you personally want to be rational?
           I want to be rational because I want to understand how things work and why they happened the way they do.
(Aside from, perhaps, your faith) What is something in your life that you struggle with?
I struggle with IB because I don’t know wether or not I will pass the first semester. I also struggle with volleyball varsity because you will never know what will happen tomorrow. Will you win the tournament or will you not. Basically, I struggle with meeting demands and expectations. In an unrelated point, I also struggle with getting along with others. While others may think it’s cool to swear at and insult someone, I feel angry inside because I know I can’t change anything. Besides, in certain occasions, I do this too just to go with the group.

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Recently, I read this article about how sleep deprivation affects the frequency of a person’s nightmares. This preliminary study suggests that those who are “night owls” or those who sleep later at night are more prone to having bad dreams than those who don’t. Because this is only a preliminary study, more research is needed on the area. However, they only arrived at this conclusion by gathering data by surveys, where students were asked to rate their frequency of experiencing nightmares from 0 to 4. They found out that “On average, individuals who described themselves as evening types had a score of 2.10, whereas their morning-type equivalents averaged 1.23 on the scale, a significant difference according to the authors of the study.” Using this data, they used both induction and deduction to arrive at a certain conclusion. Deduction is best seen in their guesses to what causes it.

I chose this article because, as a student who sleeps late like myself, I also wated to find out more about what hitting the hay later might do to my body or mind. I learned that sleeping late may not be the only factor that causes more nightmares. A person’s emotion, mood and gender also affects this.

Some of my questions range from “What is the significance of knowing about nightmares?” and “How can we know that a person’s mood and sleeping patterns affects his dreams at night?”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=night-owls-more-likely-to-suffer-from-nightmares-survey-suggests