Sunday, April 25, 2010

arts blog

intention of the artist: Francisco's intention was to open the people's eyes by making a satirical critic of Spanish society in the 19th century
quality of work: It is a piece of art that is simple, but from one of the most famous artists in that epoch.
Response of the Audience:He was censored by the Spanish Inquisition.

Imitation: The work of art came from Spanish realism. Goya is a realistic artist.
Communication: Through this piece of art he showed his perspective about society. Goya compared the clergy and nobility with two happy donkeys that are carried by the peasants.
Education: Goya tried to open the eye's of his society through these series of drawings called "Los Caprichos".

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Human Sciences Blog

The Stroop Effect
This experiment was conducted by John Ridley Stroop. The desired outcomes for this experiment was to find out whether a person's attention can be divided in two different tasks. A series of three stimuli were presented to the participants. The first one demonstrated a sheet with color words in black ink, the second one was the color words with their corresponding color. The participinats were asked to read this as fast as possible. After they did this, the third condition was presented. There were color words with unmatching colors and the person had to read the color instead of the word presented. The outcome was that the average of the third condition lasterd much more longer and had more mistakes than the first two conditions presented. This proved and showed the world that attention can not be divided in two different tasks at once. The brain gets used to things such as reading, and therefore it becomes automatic and if a different thing is asked, it is harder to accomplish.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Women's Rights

In 1979 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), described as an international bill of rights for women. The first 16 Articles call on states to take appropriate measures to ensure women's civil, political, economic and cultural rights, and their legal equality. *1

-Many middle-eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran, Qatar, Sudan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates, have completely ignored the Convention. *1 Mostly due to religion and tradition, gender discrimination is common in these countries, where woman are even punished by law if seen in public.

- Other countries, such as Australia and Belgium, have expressed objections to the Convention. In Belgium, a bill is being passed which prohibits women to use "burkas". *2

-The United States has not ratified the convention because of right-wing Congressional opposition. 1* Job discrimination is still latent in this country.

I believe that every human being, regardless of his/her age, sex, race, or religion, should be treated equally. Woman shouldn't be discriminated anywhere in the world, and women's rights should be put to practice in every single country.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Historical Analysis

Origin: The Library, University of California, Berkeley. The name "Randall" that appears in the cartoon informs me it might be from the American perspective.
Purpose: To inform how the USA views immigrants and to express their racism.
Value: IT is important because it expresses the discrimination of a culture.
Limitations: We don't know the origin of the author, we can only assume. We do not know personal background of the author.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


The peacock's feather patterns demonstrate the self-similarity of each fractal.

This video shows the broad variety of fractals that exist in nature, which the area of mathematics cannot explain with their precise and plain formulas.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Natural Sciences


The experiment was conducted by the father of behaviorism, John Watson, who wanted to test his hypothesis that behaviors are innate or gave a response. His experiment consisted in showing little Albert a series of stimulus that would create the feeling of fear for him.

This experiment is considered unethical because first of all, Little Albert was only 9 months old and did not have his consent because of his age. But the most unethical part of this experiment was that the child was psychologically traumatized because he was under a situation in which fear was trying to be taught to him.