Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wow I almost forgot my blog email LoL.. (LIFE SONGS)

    One song which, I really love and I have had so many memories with is Black Eyed Peas song - Do it Like This, because this song is the one that me and my friends would always dance to and make up the dumbest dance moves. We made like 3 music videos just fooling around on this song it is really a song that brings back memories. The lyrics also have meaning because they say "I bet you can't do it like this" which, is showing to me how everyone has their unique ways of expressing themselves whether it be through dance or writing. This song really motivates me to keep dancing because it is one that has had a large impact on me.
   Another song which, means a lot to me is called Su Veneno by Aventura, this song is meaningful because the lyrics of it really do connect to past experiences I have had. Su Veneno stand for "It's poison" or in the song it is referring to "her poison". This song relates to me because I have had many female friends that have backstabbed me but  then later come back to me and try to apologize. The song says how she has a sweet deadly poison which, is difficult to escape from and it feels like my future is in her hands because of her ways. This really relates to me because I have had many life-changing experiences through female friends like that. I also think however, that this song is really relaxing and this song was a song which, I danced to in my high school for a performance. This song also brings me back many memories and is a song which, really has deep meaning for me.
   And lastly a third song that has a strong meaning for me is called Antes by Obie Bermudez, although, it may be a depressing song. Antes stands for "Before" this song is about losing a loved one and missing the old times and not wanting to forget about the person. It's about how it is difficult to lose someone and not want to forget them and really miss the old times with them. This is meaningful for me because I have lots some of the bestest people but, life happens and you have to learn to move on. Although, this song is depressing it still helps relax my mind and I really do enjoy this song. Latin Pop is my favorite type of music overall besides music that I enjoy dancing too.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Research paper!!

Journal Article:
Caze, M. L. (2005). Love, that indispensable supplement: Irigaray and kant on love and respect. Hypatia, 20(3), 92-114. Retrieved from
This article talks about love and the ways in which, people can view love as being essential to life or being a mere supplement (Caze, 2005). I think this will be really useful in my research paper because I am thinking about writing a paper about the different ways in which, we view love and the ways in which, we define it. This is a topic that really interests me because I feel as though it is difficult to know why we are continuously looking for something to love. Without love I feel like there would be no motivation to do many things. This topic seems like one that I could most likely write a lot on especially with the help from this article and my human sexuality class.

Hyde, J. S., & Delamater, J. D. (2010). Understanding human sexuality. (11 ed.). Boston,MA: McGraw-Hill.
This book is the book from my human sexuality course. This book has a chapter that is all about love and one topic that I find really interesting in being able to help me write my research paper is love stories. One perspective which, the book refers to is how love can simply be seen on a sociopsychological perspective where the only reason we look for love and a mate is simply so that we can produce viable offspring who can do the same, this goes with Darwin's "survival of the fittest" theory (Hyde & Delamater, 2010).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chapter 10 and 11

  In chapter 10 of Jon Ronson's "The Psychopath Test" Ronson examines the history of how the DSM evolved from DSM I to DSM IV and he also discusses how Robert Spitzer helped contribute to the evolution of the DSM. Ronson writes about how there are now all these different types of disorders that people can be diagnosed with such as bipolar disorder and many others. He writes how many of these methods are hard to diagnose appropriately because there are no direct symptoms to the disorders which, makes it all the more easier to cause wrong diagnoses of disorders. Ronson writes how Spitzer sent in fake psychopaths to mental institutions to show that the psychology system was not really effective. His experiment showed how the mental institutions made lots of false accusations of people having disorders. When Ronson interviews Spitzer he tells Ronson about how some of the DSM III disorders could have been a mistake and these mistakes could have triggered more false convictions. Spitzer says that he does not like to think about his work that he has achieved as possibly being a mistake because he knows for a fact that some of it could have been.

  Overall, I thought the book was very interesting and really does help you think more about how psychology works in the world. I think that psychology is sort of a subject which, has lots of controversial issues which, makes it a difficult subject to study. I also was surprised that Tony from Broadmoor was released because it just seemed strange to me how they could know for sure whether or not someone was a psychopath in the first place and how they were cured. You never know if the person somehow mastered the art of being normal and accepting that he was a psychopath supposedly, and this can make the psychopath be able to get out of the mental institution. I also feel like it is wrong to diagnose pre-adolescents or adolescents at psychopaths at such a young age because at those ages is when they begin to learn more about how to express themselves and they are learning what is right from what is wrong. This can cause the people to act in odd ways but, this does not mean that they have a disorder it could just mean that they are learning proper ways to behave. I also feel that the way that Ronson describes pharmaceutical companies is the same as I learned in a educational film in sex class about how they just make all these medications to cure disorders when the disorder possibly do not even exist. The companies are just in it for the money.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ch. 8 and Ch. 9

   In chapter 8 Ronson writes about Charlotte Scott who was someone who broadcasted people on television about various issues, specifically interesting ones like ones with psychological problems. Rachel who was a female who survived a terrorist attack on a carriage if I'm not mistaking. Rachel then starts posting blogs about what happened to her. Rachel is met with a lot of negative feedback, many people accused her of being a fake and just being one of those counterintelligence agents. Rachel is fed up with it and gets really frustrated because everyone thinks that it was just a power surge, while she knows that it was a terrorist attack. Ronson meets with Rachel because someone commented on a article he wrote accusing him of lying and being another "Rachel North" and he had no clue who she was or anything about her, so he wanted to know more. Ronson later on meets up with David Shayler who was a covert agent in M15 who was part of an assasination attempt on Gadhafi. David argues with Ronson that what Rachel says is wrong that it really was not a terrorist attack but it was a racist remark towards muslims being terrorists. Later on Ronson gets upset and tells David to "fuck off" and Ronson becomes nervous because the interview is broadcasted on the radio and he feels lots of anxiety because he thought he would become the next Rachel. After it was broadcasted Ronson was met with lots of positive feedback for using rational thinking, which got him over his anxiety. David has lots of weird moments such as when he thinks he is the Messiah, talks about 9/11 holograms and about July 7. Charlotte Scott wanted to interview interesting people but didnt want to interview people "too" psychopathic.
   I found these two chapters really interesting and confusing at the same time. I found it interesting how in chapter 8 David Shayler makes a lot of analogies to the play "Waiting for Godot". This play I read before and it shows how two men continuously wait for "Godot"  to come and David uses it to explain how people wait for things that never come. The book also in reviews has been argued to be like it should be called "Waiting for God" and I find this interesting because of the way David acts like he is a "Messiah" at one point. However, this really confused me because I was confused with who was telling whos story because Charlotte I think was telling the story about Rachel and David the whole time. However, very interesting chapters overall!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gladwell on Plagiarism

      Gladwell's article on "Something Borrowed" examines the problems associated with plagiarism. Gladwell describes how plagiarism is used throughout the music industry and how it sometimes is not even considered plagiarism because there are only so many tunes you can create with instruments and devices that you will eventually run out of "original" tunes. So similiar tunes are often heard in different songs. Gladwell writes how he was shocked to have his own words used in plays that were in Broadway such as "Frozen" and some quotes were taken directly word by word. Gladwell discusses there is a point which can eventually be reached when you learn that the work you are writing is not your work but the work of another just reworded. Gladwell has many odd ways of characterizing what he considers plagiarism and what he does not such as how he considers twisting the music tunes of artists into a song "art" instead of plagiarism.

      I found this article really interesting in the way Gladwell incorporated music into plagiarism. This article confused me a lot too I felt like it was asking too many questions, but I think I still understood it fairly well. I also find myself questioning whether some of the things I do are plagiarism now for examples dancing it is almost impossible to find a dance move that has not been performed or done in some way before so is it like if I am plagiarizing someones dance or is it as Gladwell put it for music am I doing just mixing the moves and making some form of art. Oh and this is not relevant to Gladwell, but I just noticed how in the main blog you put that it says "Shirts" for the other class and "Skins" for our class, which is funny.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chapter 6 and Chapter 7

     In chapter 6 of this novel Jon Ronsen visits ex-CEO Al Dunlap in Shubuta to see what psychopathic traits the man possesses. Al Dunlap was known for being "heartless" because he seemed to make joy out of firing people from their jobs. When Ronson first arrived to Dunlap's place he found it interesting how Dunlap had many giant stone statues of lions, eagles and different types of predators. Ronson asked Dunlap a variety of questions to see how many of the psychopath traits he possessed. Ronson later on tells him head on that he's asking Dunlap many of these questions to test whether or not he is a psychopath unaware of how Dunlap will react. Dunlap starts laughing and decides to allow Ronson to ask him as many questions as he likes to test how psychopathic like he is and he also makes many statements saying how many of the traits such as "lack of empathy" help make a stronger leader. Dunlap also seems to admit to having a lack of empathy, but later on when Ronson discusses his talk to Dunlap with Bob Hare he talks about how Dunlap cried when his dog died. Bob counters this saying that dog is property and psychopaths feel empathy for objects occasionally but not people

    I found these two chapters really interesting in the way Jon Ronson makes many analogies. I found it funny how Ronson made an analogy between the Stone statues that Dunlap had in his area to Narnia in that if the Queen of Narnia came she would have turned them into stone and would have looked exactly the same. I also found it funny how Ronson had like moments like on page 148 where he was like "Oh REALLY?" as if he was having like a very powered state of mind. I also find it a little odd how Dunlap allows Ronson to do the psychopath test on him without like kicking him out of his household. These two chapters were really interesting to me.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do People Rely on Technology Too Much?

    I chose this question because we seem to use technology everyday in our lives. Whether it be for heating up a meal in a microwave or using a laptop to do homework online and what if, we did not have all the advanced technologies we have today. I think I would start looking for answers related to this everywhere on the internet, around the dorms I live in, and by the streets we pass by because technology is used in everything nowadays. Possible answers would be yes, we do rely on technology too much because if we did not have lots of the technology we have today, we would not be as advanced as we are, in regards to research and would not be able to identify many problems in our society or environment as easily. Subquestions that might pop up would be should society be learning more ways to restrict the use of technologies on certain things and be having more back-ups incase technology does not seem to be effective one day? Also is technology abused? Possible problems that I may have with answering this question would possibly be identifying credible sources which correlate to the research topic.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chapter 4 Blog

      The Psychopath Test was finally introduced brought up in more details in Chapter 4. Jon Ronson met up with a psychopath psychiatrist who's name was Bob Hare, he was the inventor of the psychopath test. Ronson attended a meeting about the checklist which he was also charged to attend, but got a small discount because he was media. Bob Hare discussed in the seminar how he and many other psychiatrists originated the checklist by studying psychopaths carefully. Another psychiatrist that also studied the psychopaths was Adam Perkins except he used more medical based concept for his research such as screening of the brains activities in psychopaths versus non-psychopaths. Perkins found that there was a major difference in the nervous system between the two which shows there are some differences. Ronson is really fascinated by the list that was developed and decides that he wants to test it out for himself which is the beginning of the next chapter where he interviews Toto the other "psychopath".
      I thought this chapter was really interesting as it really makes you think what would you do if someone accused you as a psychopath. The psychopath list has such a wide range of things that can identify you as a psychopath so it's difficult not to be diagnosed as one. This book does a really good job describing many things in detail. The psychopath test makes it possible for many people to possibly be diagnosed as psychopaths, how do you know if the people that created it were not psychopaths. It really leads you to question many things. However, overall I think this book is really interesting and it actually makes you think about things in more detail.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Abstract for Ronson Ch. 3

In this chapter of "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson he describes certain methods used by psychiatrist Elliot Barker. Elliot Barker tested many different methods in his Oak Ridge experiments to try to "cure" the insanity of psychopaths to make them sane again. Elliot Barker would perform tests on specimen by putting them in rooms completely naked to do nude psychotherapy sessions. The inmates would suck food through a straw and were encouraged to talk about their rawest emotions. The area of which the people were put in would be referred to as "The Capsule". After a while Barker decided to retire from his position and Gary Maier "a prodigy" stepped up to the plate. Gary Maier would use LSD to stimulate the minds of the specimen in whole groups to try to break down the pathology of all the inmates. Many of the treatments of Gary Maier's experiments were reported as unsuccessful because in normal circumstances 60% of the inmates released would offend again. However, 80% of their inmates went on to offend again, the Capsule made the inmates worse.

I thought this chapter was very ironic as well as strange overall. I found it ironic that Gary Maier had in fact lived in Madison, Wisconsin and when he met the narrator he met up with him in downtown Milwaukee in the Ambassador Hotel. This was ironic because I was born in Milwaukee so I have seen many of the areas and it allows you to get a better image of the story and now I am living in Madison, Wisconsin. This story had many strange descriptions of these such as the nude psychotherapy sessions and Mary Barne's shit room. It really just gives me disgusting images and like makes me think, wow what if I was in the circumstance. This chapter also makes me think so myself, what would I do if I ever got accused of being a psychopath and how will I prove if I'm not. I also think that some of the methods used seem to me like methods of torture such as when Steve Smith had to sit next to the serial killer Peter Woodcock as this would be really scary I would think. Something that surprised me as well was how Gary Maier allowed some of the psychopaths to live on his farm with him I could not believe how much confidence he had on the psychopaths. This novel really interests me and it really makes you think more deeply about the psychology of the human.