Science Experiments I’d Like To Try

Science is one of my favorite subjects, the only field I have little to no interest in, physics. I can follow it, but it bores me due to the amount of mathematics required. Hypotheses formulate in my mind often, which is why I have so much veneration for Old Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr. Once deemed the most beautiful woman in the world, her looks overshadowed her scientific contributions. She created the technology of frequency hopping, used today for Wi-fi, GPS and Bluetooth. Thank you Hedy, who due to misogyny and vanity never got the acclaim she deserved.

Two experiments I would like to conduct.

Iron’s effect on body heat: Working and growing up in New York City, the cultural epicenter of the world, one can’t help but notice what different ethnicities deem warm. Specifically, white people who sit outside at restaurants and sport shorts in 45 degree weather. On the opposite end of the spectrum are black people, bundled up and wondering why? Myself included in the latter. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s an iron based issue. Black people have a much higher rate of anemia (lack of healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the tissues of the body) than our white counterparts. Often times the solution to this deficiency, an increase in iron (usually via pills). The lack of oxygen leaves one feeling cold, due to poor circulation. Leaving me to conclude that white people have more iron in their blood, meaning they get hotter at significantly lower temperatures.

Evolution plays a role, as our ancestors who left the continent of Africa to explore, needed more iron for colder climates (also losing their melanin, seeing as they didn’t need protection from the sun anymore).

Female mutilation correlates to aggression: Traveling and having an African friend opened my eyes to what constitutes as blackness. Being black is more than just a skin color, it’s a culture specific to African Americans. Being an African American is the creation of the slave and the master. Having a first generation African friend, Naki, is a constant reminder of that. “I don’t know what kind of European lineage you have in your blood, but I can’t drink as much as you.” She says passing me her double martini to finish.

“It happens at nine years old. They make you think you’re going to your favorite place, really they take you to some hut in the village and cut your clit off with a razor blade. The person who does it isn’t even a doctor and you have to stay for like ten days to heal. My family didn’t do it to me, but my mom and cousin got it. You really don’t know anyone who has it? I know mad people.”

No I did not, if I did they too would be African. Female mutilation is not apart of my culture, it’s tradition in hers.

At other intervals she told me about people who have extreme anger issues. “I swear she doesn’t give a fuck, like we talked about Tati, she doesn’t care if she goes to jail.”

“Did she have her clit removed too?” One night I made the correlation, the multiple people she discussed did indeed have this procedure.

Despite the small sample size, I came to the conclusion that female mutilation, never experiencing pleasure or sexual gratification of any sort, correlates to violent outburst as an expression of anger. Dopamine is released when experiencing pleasure, taking place in the following areas of the brain: nucleus accumbens (controls release), ventral tegmental area (releases) and the amygdala (which regulates emotions). I would love to see brain scans of those who have and haven’t experienced female mutilation, especially the emotional component (amgydala), when triggered for pleasure and pain. Photographer: Kennedi Carter

Corona Virus Correlates To Critical Thinking

The media frenzy surrounding this pandemic (a disease with a wide geographical spread) has left a lot of people scared for their lives. Apocalyptic visions hyped by the media’s need to get those attention grabbing headlines, that talk of preventive measures, death tolls, infection rate and which A-list stars have tested positive. A very myopic and dangerous distortion of world news. Not at all focusing on the full range of statistical data.

Currently there are 134,670 people infected, 4,973 deaths and 69,142 people who have recovered. What does it mean? The state of the world is not as grim as it looks.

134,670 is such a small percentage of six billion people, it barely registers.
69,142 people recovered means they now have the antibodies to fight off the disease, making them immune. Just like how you got chicken pox and you never got them again. Your immune system collects diseases to recognize them and protect you.
4,973 people have died unfortunately. Making the mortality rate 3.4% which isn’t as bad as other outbreaks. The swine flu, for example killed 12,469 people in five months, over a larger age demographic (anybody could get got). Whereas the Coronavirus death toll consist mostly of elderly people and those with autoimmune & respiratory diseases.
Italy has a high rate of senior citizens, so their death toll is made up largely of people in their 80s and 90s. However they do not have enough hospital staff to give attention to everyone, which is a confounding variable (look this up, an extremely important term in science).

All and all even though we will recover our pockets might not. People unable to generate income, but must continue to pay bills for thirty days will incur debt. Unless the government steps in to give aid as they have done in Italy, but this is America so…

Fear is the quickest way to mobilize people, the first thing I learned in marketing class. Instead of taking a full scientific approach to the matter, people are ignoring facts and letting their emotions run wild, regurgitating the media. Critical thinking, asking questions no matter what, is essential to the truth and your civic duty. Unfortunately we live in a world where it’s easier to take selfies, let corporations think for you and react off emotions not logic, despite access to information.

Here are some articles to give you the complete sense of what’s going on. PS China has reopened their stores.

Coronavirus stats:
Protect the elderly:
China reopens stores:
Why Italy is hit so hard
Effects on the economy: Photo: Dovneon