Thank you Ms. Mulder for your constant support of our learning! It is indeed my pleasure to share my learning (and unanswered ominous archaeology questions) with you.
Thank you Ms. Mulder for your comment! I will see what I can arrange with my “chauffeur”.
Thank you very much for your comment! I’m really glad that you (and your dad) show interest in my eminent person!
To answer your question:
1) Vincent van Gogh’s life was not completely filled with sadness and agony. Although there were times of despair, he also enjoyed certain eras in his life. The happiest times of his life were likely when he worked as an art dealer for his uncle, as well as when he first moved to the Arles to start a studio for artists. Both of these periods, however, ended in a tragedy as van Gogh was removed from his position a year after; and cut off his own ear in distraught after a heated fight with Paul Gauguin. During his last year, he created many paintings of his childhood memories of Brabant while he was admitted in the asylum. This could also possibly indicate that he longed to go back to his childhood, despite his cold description of his youth.
2) Painting had always been a big respite for Vincent, especially during his years at the asylum. He took refuge in drawing and painting the world around him, as the act of doing so relieved his psychotic attacks. Unfortunately, on some days his episodes became so severe that he would not be able to paint. His major view on painting was centred around nature and reality, presumably influenced by his countryside childhood in Brabant. Paul Gauguin, on the other hand, preferred more imaginative approaches to art. This creative differentiation created huge disputes between the two artists, eventually causing Vincent to cut off his own ears. Van Gogh believed that art was a crucial part of his life, as stated in his quote ” I risk my life for my own work and my reason half foundered in it”.
Again, thank you for your questions! I look forward to your project too!
The courageous and challenging choice of your Eminent person is an interesting twist on the project. Instead of deciding on an Eminent with confirmed documents, you have the freedom to interpret his character, which could be completely again…
In her amazing TED Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie presents that single sides of stories often create incomplete stereotypes that rob the subject of dignity. A historic example would be the legend of Alexander Hamilton, retold through the award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton” by Lin- Manuel Miranda. One of the biggest themes of the musical, best expressed in its own words: “You have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story” (Lin- Manuel Miranda), highlights the feeble power we possess upon other’s narrative of us. After his unfortunate death duel with Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton’s remarkable legend gets covered surreptitiously by Aaron Burr’s “single story” of his scandal. It is not in denial that he enacted adultery, but it’s simply ignorant to assume that’s all there is to the story, and negligibly dismiss any accounts of his positive contributions. This is most likely why Hamilton is one of the least popular founding fathers and was even threatened to be taken off the ten dollar bill, until Lin- Manuel Miranda relived his tale through the hip-hop musical “Hamilton”. One of the many significances of Lin’s ingenious work is that he sheds light to an untold perspective. We can follow this model by paying deserved homage to unnoticed yet eminent people. That being said, the TALONS Eminent Person project is an excellent beginning to reject the “single stories” by bringing attention to hidden geniuses of this world.
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Aside from genetic and psychological factors, major life events or experiences may also affect depression. However, by major life events it also includes that of positive ones. Such as moving into college, getting married, childbirth etc. Although such events seem to have a positive impact on the person, big changes like these can lead to depression due to the unfamiliarity of these events. Depression can also be influenced by how you were raised as a child. So if you grew up with close relatives suffering from depression, as a child you may view these symptoms as normal and eventually start behaving so.
That’s the best answer I can give, hopefully your question is answered!
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That is a great question Jason. Although study shows that rats (a social animal) with damaged hippocampi withdrew from social interactions, this does not directly connect to depression. It is a peculiar result seeing that rats usually interact with other rats. However, it’s more likely to say that this information suggests a relationship between hippocampus volume and social interaction, rather than social interaction and depression. In other words, just because an organism has a lack of social interaction does not mean that they have depression. Simply because this species might not be social at all. All of the animal- related depression studies still does not have a solid conclusion that animals even have depression at all.
I hope this answers your question, thank you for your feedback Jason!
Hi Yuwen, thank you for your feedback!
To answer your question, ketamine has been found to increase stress resilience in rats. And this effect seemed to be long term as well. However, ketamine has not been tested on humans regarding to depression or ot…
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Regarding your question, I would like to note that depression is not completely caused by the chemical imbalance in the brain. Like I said in the video, it is more likely to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. This combination could cause a chemical imbalance in the brain thus affecting the patient, but again, we don’t exactly know the full picture yet. The exact cause of depression is actually still not clear. Scientists cannot predict when or who is going to get depression based on their neurotransmitter in the brain or the genes that they inherited. Many of the things we think we know about depression are hypotheses(such as the Social Navigation Hypothesis that I mentioned in the video) that are yet to be proven. The connection between genetics, environment, and neurotransmitters in depression are still yet to be discovered!
Hey Carter, that was a pretty interesting TED Talk!
The intro began with a strong hook that was allowed me to think about topic before you started talking which is great. I do think that you didn’t need to trim the video as much as you did, TED talks are not meant to be like to tardigrade, after all.
I do have one question regarding your topic:
Is this animal a species, genus, or something else? What is the exact classification of the tardigrade?
Here is a TED-Ed video on the tardigrade, if you are interested in exploring deeper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxndOd3kmSs
Good job on your TED Talk!