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House M.D. :Down the Rabbit Hole

Play House Bingo while reading our script!

House Bingo


Here is the script for our performance today of House M.D.


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As was (I think) suggested in class today, I watched the last episode of Season 5 of House ("Both Sides Now"), in which House overdoses on Vicodin, hallucinates most of the episode's events, and is finally checked into a psychiatric hospital, and moved on to the first episode of Season 6 ("Broken"), which follows House's adventures in detox and then in the long-term psychiatric ward.

Neurobiology and Behavior Book Commentaries 2010

Students in Biology 202 at Bryn Mawr College write commentaries on books of interest to themselves related to neurobiology and behavior. These are made available via links from the index below to encourage further exploration by others having similar or related interests. All papers have associated on-line forums for continuing conversation.

aeraeberFrom Molecules to Memory: A Commentary on Eric Kandel’s In Search of Memory
AndyMittelmanNeurobiological Reflections on "The Matrix"
Caroline HThe Female Brain
ColetteBlink by Malcolm Gladwell
Congwen WangThe Butterflies of Our Mind
cschoonoverBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
dvergaraThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly: ‘Living’ life via the mind
egleichmanBook Review
emilyScience Needs Art: A Commentary on Jonah Lehrer's "Proust Was a Neuroscientist"
ewippermannMetaphors We Live By: Conceptualizing Through Metaphor
gloudonBook commentary- Pink Brain Blue Brain
Hannah Silverblank“To Speak of Tales and Fables": The Imposition of Narrative in Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other C
hmarciaMy Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming
Jeanette Bates"Crazy Like Us"
JJLopezThe Psychopath
kdilliplanNew Perspectives on Color Vision in Jasper Fforde’s "Shades of Grey"
kgouldTackling Trauma
KwarlizzleReviewing Paul Gifford’s Ghana’s New Christianity.
Lauren McDSocial Epidemics
lfrontinoThe Female Brain
mcchenWhere is the Mango Princess Book Commentary
mcurrieFreedom and the Individual
MEL"The Forbidden Experiment" Book Commentary
merobertsLearning from a lifetime of research: Implications to Neurobiology
mleung01Musciophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
molivaresBook Commentary on Musicophilia: Tales of Music and The Brain
natmackowOliver Sacks: An Anthropologist on Mars
RavenEric Kandel: In Search of Memory
RikiThe Emperor's New Drugs
rkirloskarMy Stroke of Insight
Saba AshrafAn Anthropologist On Mars Book Commentary
SchmeltzCommentary on Biophilia by E.O. Wilson
skimSound and Reality, Jonathan Stern's Audible Past
smkaplanTranslating Temple Grandin's 'Animals in Translation'
sophie b.Soul Made Flesh
sophie b.Soul Made Flesh
Vicky TuBook Review: "Inevitable Illusions"
xhanrace brain & behavior
ymlMaking Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates our Mental World


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Philosophy and Recipes

What to do with William James? william james His writings on psychology formed the primary textbook for that discipline.  The school of philosophy he developed, pragmatism appeals to philosophers and scientists alike.  Jacques Barzun identifies him as an American hero.  So it would seem that the works of William James have been assimilated into American culture and intellectual life.  If this is true, then what is the point of reading his original writings?  Or why should one use “The Writings of William James: A Comprehensive

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If the Medium Fits


Preface and Explanation


The following paper originally included photographs of pages from Marjane Sartrapi’s graphic novel “Persepolis.” I used these images to demonstrate my points to the reader. Upon glancing over the images, however, it occurred to me that I might make an even more effective point by attempting to describe the images in prose, rather than to demonstrate them in their original form.

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Captain Walter Arnold, Subjectively Realized


For this project, I took one of what Gertrude Stein calls her “plays,” and considered what would happen if I were to try to stage and direct it. After reading through it, I attempted to break it down into characters, lines, and to imagine a setting in which it would logically take place.

But first, let’s look at “Captain Walter Arnold” just the way Gertrude Stein wrote it, without any additional directions from me.


Captain Walter Arnold

By Gertrude Stein


Do you mean to please me.

I do.

Do you have any doubt of the value of food and water.

I have not.

Can you recollect any example of easy repetition.

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What Happens When the Brain "Farts" and Why Does It Matter?

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”

Mary Oliver


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Reading Arabian Nights

Because I love reading in bed, I bought a paperback copy of Arabian Nights at Barnes and Noble.  I thought that this text was especially appropriate to read in bed before sleeping.  I was with the king and the younger sister, a fellow listener.  The stories distracted me to the point of losing sleep or oversleeping the next morning.  The interlaced serial nature of the text was incredibly addictive.  I found myself craving another tale and another tale after that.  A like bites of a cake, each forkful delicious...

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Utilizing a Different Medium

While watching the movie the other night, I noticed that while many scenes were copied from the graphic novel, they were executed in a style that utilized the medium of film. 

Think, for example, of the scene in which Satrapi recaps the history of the Shah for the viewer. In the graphic novel, the panels depicting this scene resemble (parody?) the flat art style from ancient works. 

The film depicts this scene in a different manner. No longer are the Shah and England flat, immobile representations. They are animated as a kind of puppet one would hold by a stick and jostle to move the arms and head. The scene is like that of a puppet theater. the background and the people look as though they could be made out of paper or cardboard. 

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