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Reversing the “Kill Cancer” Metaphor

December 30, 2009 by


I had previously asked before if there was an alternative way to look at cancer as opposed to isolating ‘bad’ cells and “killing” them as if it were a war. The NY Times talked about a novel new way to perceive of, and subsequently treat cancer. This might just sound like all semantics and an […]

Physics vs. Conceptual Physics

December 25, 2009 by


When I was choosing classes for my senior year of high school, there was a choice between “Conceptual Physics” and “Physics.” Conceptual Physics was largely perceived by other students as “physics for dummies.” There was no “hard” math, no numbers, just concepts. Nice, soft, easy concepts. Borderline remedial and for kids who were scared to […]

Memory Practices in Science Students Before Tests: Flash Cards

December 20, 2009 by


The title of this essay, inspired by this book on general Memory Practices in the Sciences. I don’t think anyone has ever really been fond of tests. Board exams, spelling tests. What made me squeamish about entering the sciences was the barrage and culture of testing. From the stories of malicious professors administering tests to […]

Memento and Inflexible First Impressions

December 13, 2009 by


Do I lie to myself to be happy? In your case, Teddy, yes, I will. After having an argument with this undercover police man named Teddy, Leonard writes on the back of Teddy’s polaroid photo in all CAPS “DO NOT BELIEVE HIS LIES.” He writes this very important note on his photo, along with his […]

Memory Is a Spark to Momentum, Momentum Triggers and Sustains Memory

December 10, 2009 by


There was a Nike basketball commercial once upon a time that mentioned the momentum of a good streak of making baskets as the counter to fatigue or being tired. “I never heard one ball player yet, who says, ‘My arm is tired.’ You see, your arms never get tired. Not when it’s going in.” Nike […]

History in My Cancer Class

December 9, 2009 by


I was taking Biology 285, Professor Robert Oppenheimer’s Biology of Cancer class at California State University Northridge. What I could not help but notice during one class was the way that the history of scrotal cancer was presented. Yes, this was only a 15-week class with one meeting a week and history wasn’t the main […]