Comment on Talons English 10: View and Respond #1 by mackenzie

When I was younger, France was an imaginary place. I heard about people who wore flat hats and sat in cafe’s eating baguettes all day. People who spoke a foreign language and used an abundance of hand gestures, but I had never met anyone from France. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says, I believed that there was, “No possibility of a connection as human equals,” between myself and people who lived in such an upscale environment. When I finally got the chance to go to France, I wore extra conservative clothing, in fear of offending the posh people with my ten year old shin. I did research on different kinds of pastries, and looked at pictures of famous monuments. To my surprise, the people in France looked and acted just like they do in Canada. Most of the people spoke English, ate food besides carbohydrates, and some didn’t even like coffee! I was flabbergasted at how similar the people who lived in France, were to my close family and friends. This is because my entire life, I only had a single story of France, but hadn’t bothered to notice. In order to wipe out the single story theory, we need to be willing to educate ourselves, and take every story with a grain of salt. I know that if I told a stranger one story about my life, I wouldn’t expect them to know me, so I’m not sure why it never occurred to me that it is the same if I am in the strangers position. Had I disregarded this single story I had of France, I might’ve been less surprised by how civilized people in a country across the world, were.

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Comment on Mackenzie’s Talon Talk- Mental illness and sleep patterns by mackenzie

Thank you Tori, I am passionate about this topic, especially since joining TALONS, as looking around, our class could really use a few extra hours of sleep.

1. Obviously the number of hours required for each individual varies, however most adults should get between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep. The number of 8-10 for teens isn’t set in stone. Certain individuals will require more due to for example, compromised auto immune systems, while others don’t need as much. According to an article I read, there is actually a genetic mutation that causes some humans to function on fewer hours. It is rare, but it makes it that the REM stage is shorter, so the more valuable hours, take up more time, and they wake up refreshed… unfortunately there are side effects, but thats a whole other topic.

2. I didn’t research too much about animals and sleep deprivation, but in one of the videos that I watched, it did mention that caffeine affects rats the same way it affects humans. Apparently those, with caffeine in their system can stay awake an extra 3.5 hours longer than the untreated rats.

3. What a person does during the day, does affect how much sleep they require, so it would be one of the variables that I mentioned in the answer to your first question. However, individuals who do very little in a day, still require 8-10 hours. There isn’t much research behind this, so I couldn’t tell you why, but it has been tested and proven.

4. Naps count :) They are trying to figure it out, but it is currently a possibility that naps are considered more valuable sleep time, than night hours.

Thank you very much

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Comment on Ted Talk 2017 by mackenzie

I really appreciated the clarity of your voice in this talk, and the lack of background noise. This is an important topic to be discussing now, since our society is opening up to more non-binary, or transgender ideologies. I like how respectful you were, since this can be a sensitive discussion. I was unaware of the different cultures, previously being more accepting to non-conforming individuals. As much as I had heard of spirits in the indigenous culture not having genders, I didn’t realize that this had opened up a space for modern individuals, being comfortable to express themselves. I’m always working towards being as inclusive as I can, and it can be difficult to not offend anyone, as it would be impossible to support every worldview at any given point. What advice would you give me (a cisgendered individual), on how to be as supportive as I can to the trans and non-binary community, besides being as present as possible.

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Comment on The Science of Heartbreak by mackenzie

This was extremely interesting to watch, and pretty relevant to the most of us. I know its unrelated, but you should totally try slam poetry, the way you expressed yourself was very poetic and passionate. This topic is totally related to mine, considering excess cortisol leads to sleep deprivation. I know that with drug abuse, withdrawal symptoms tend to last a few months, sometimes years. From what I’ve heard, heartbreak symptoms last a few months at the most, so what causes this extreme difference in time? Is there ways that the dopamine is more centralized, and therefore has more effects? Or is there some other scientific reason?

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Comment on TalonTED Talk – Ideologies that should be shared by mackenzie

I was scrolling through the TALONted talks, trying to find one that I should watch and comment on; I came across yours, and figured I’d watch it considering I have more allergies than I can count on my fingers, and don’t really know much about them. I like that you went into detail on the science behind allergies, before lightening up the jargon, because I don’t know that I would have understood the second half, without the first. I also like that you have a hook, and a good conclusion.
When you were researching your topic, did you happen to come across any evidence that immigration might have an effect on allergies? I know someone once told me that people who move to places with drastically different climates, often suffer more severe allergies. Do you know if this is simply a hoax, or if there is truth behind it? I know that I’ve never moved, but I was thinking of Ms. Mulder- and how she moved across the world, and suffers from serious allergies, as well as some other people I know.

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Comment on Ted Talk- Introverts and Extroverts by mackenzie

Interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your ted talk, and it seems like a topic that you are interested in, I do have one question though… If someone (which most people are, you’ve said) was an E/I mix, what happens, when they switch from one to the other, or does that even happen. You mentioned that blood flow to different parts of the brain has an influence; so do people halfway in between, just have more even amounts of blood flow to different parts of the brain, or is there some kind of switch, that changes which section receives more blood? I’m really interested in this topic, because I used to always call myself an introvert, but I’m starting to see that I do potray a few extroverted qualities as well. Overall, really good job Michelle, your voice was loud and clear throughout, and this was an entertaining talk.

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