WEEK 3 (Jan 31, Feb 2):
(LAB: INTRODUCED SPECIES & BIOLOGICAL CONTROLS ... relate to "ecological homeostasis" in lecture)
- DYNAMIC BALANCE; interactions: SYSTEMS
- LIFE (what IS life??) ...Life as understood by research scientists is often profoundly INTERDISCIPLINARY in accord with the view that REAL LIFE is a profoundly interdisciplinary enterprise -- the divisions that scientists often create for convenience often become somewhat rigid and do not always take account of complementary views. At its most inclusive and rich, the study of humans in the environment take us from the epigenetic interactions of an individual's genome with its immediate environment through the highest ambitions of our species for self-actualization as manifest in its art and culture.
- DETERMINISM: the essence of DETERMINISM
- OPTIONAL to survey for ideas about papers and to "go beyond basic course content"
OPTIMALITY is related to DETERMINISM: key points in Powerpoint attached below:
WEEKS 3 &4: TOPICS to be DISCUSSED: DEVELOPMENT and DETERMINISM, adaptation, genes, memes, fitness, and altruism
- development relative to disease, to specific traits ... to "human nature" ...
- determinism relative to national policy
- Stalin's Russia: Lysenko's environmental determinism cost over 30 million lives in Russia and China;
- Hitler Nazism and genetic determinism: WW-II cost over 70 million lives)
REVIEW PPT (also above) that comments on DETERMINISM and HOW we can identify "LIFE"
COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN & WITHIN LEVELS OF ORGANIZATION: BEGIN WITH GENES!
- begin thinking about team presentations. 3-5 individuals will collaborate, propose a topic from the list provided. The outcome of a team project is a 10-12 minute Powerpoint presentation about the biology underlying a significant issue or concern. You can start with the EXAMPLES of POSSIBLE TOPICS for STUDENT PAPERS or PRESENTATION
FOR EXAM 1, be very comfortable with use of the terms in black type ... the other terms will be explored in weeks to come. Adaptation, open/closed genetic programs, assimilate/accommodate, ontogeny, experience, epigenesis, costs and benefits of traits (morphological, physiological, behavioral) tabula rasa, biological constraints (on learning) preparedness, instinct, automatization, affect, rationality, non-conscious cognition, cognitive dissonance, pleiotropic, polygenic, teaching, learning (=behavioral plasticity & includes imitation, associative, & non-associative ...) social referencing. What are mirror neurons?
WEEK 4 (Feb 7, 9): -- the essence of ECOLOGY
(LAB: VARIATION & CLASSIFICATION / MOLLUSKS ... relate to "categories" and "bias" in lecture)
TOPICS to be DISCUSSED: WHAT ARE the BIOLOGICAL NEEDS that Humans must meet?.
- for example, play is a DEVELOPMENTAL phenomenon, what is its ECOLOGY?
- MORE ABOUT team presentations. 3-5 individuals will collaborate, propose a topic from the list provided. The outcome of a team project is a 10-12 minute Powerpoint presentation about the biology underlying a significant issue or concern. The team may be asked to present this in one of the later class sessions.