In bioethics class yesterday, the professor was discussing several ethical theories – one of which was cultural relativism. To quote the ever-reputable Wikipedia, “Cultural relativism is the principle that an individual human’s beliefs and activities should be understood by others in terms of that individual’s own culture.”
Today in class, we did a brief overview of neuro-histology. In other words, we got to look at a bunch of cool stuff. Using the camera hooked up to our microscope, my lab partner and I took some fun pictures. Behold:
This semester involves a lot of reading assignments. I love reading, so that’s good. But, I don’t particularly love reading dense science articles and getting into the nitty gritty nuances of data and how the studies were run, etc. Some people like it – so much so that they want to do it for their actual job; they’re the crazy ones who get Ph.D.’s.
Today was the first day of my advanced neuroscience lab. We used 400X magnification optical microscopes to look at neurons and glial cells. We also hooked up our microscopes to the computer, calibrated them (using a microscopic ruler!) and learned how to accurately measure lengths and areas of the cells we were looking at. Trust me, it was cool.
More than anything else, I am writing this blog post to remind myself of where my own heart needs to be. Today, I came across a verse that I hadn’t seen before (Or, if I had, I didn’t remember it). In the passage, the Lord speaks the following words to those who have already joined the Church: “And after their temptations, and much tribulation, behold, I, the Lord, will feel after them, and if they harden not their hearts, and stiffen…
I felt like I should write this post for the benefit of someone. If you don’t have serious questions nagging at you about the Church, please feel free to disregard this post and find something better to do with your time than reading this. I feel privileged to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The reason I stay a member is because of the undeniable witnesses I have received from the Holy Ghost that it is true. Secularists…
As anyone who likes sports, flambé cooking or catching lizards can tell you – it is important to be “in the moment”. If you let your guard down or get distracted in the heat of battle or the heat of the kitchen, you will get burned. The ability to be present in the present is a virtue that should be sought after. Luckily for us, the world we live in seems to be a great training ground for developing this skill….
Disclaimer: I’m not trying to convince you to do the same; I’m just describing my own reasons for making the switch. There are times in my life when I “come to myself” and I realize that something needs to change. One of these moments happened recently. In short, I realized that I’ve started to let myself go.
When I was teaching the gospel in the Dominican Republic for two years, it was easy to study the scriptures because I had a purpose; I had my investigators’ needs in mind. Now, it is perceptibly harder to study because I am just reading for myself. So, in light of this, I decided to post (in addition to my normal blog posts) something I call “Spiritual Sunday” each week (or so) as a way to motivate myself to study gospel…
When you get your drivers license, (at least in Arizona) you also register to vote. When you do that, they ask you which political party you affiliate with: Republican or Democrat. From a young age, you are categorized – stamped with either a pachyderm or a beast of burden.