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Epiparasitism And Mycoheterotrophy, James J. Mcauliffe Apr 2018

Epiparasitism And Mycoheterotrophy, James J. Mcauliffe

Senior Theses

The classification of mycoheterotrophs in the Monotropoideae sub-family as epiparasites is misdirectional and problematic. A net cost has not been proven to occur with the associates of mycoheterotrophs in the Monotropoideae, therefore epiparasitism is not concretely proven. However, because of evidence that there is a linear transfer of photosynthate to the mycoheterotroph with no known reciprocation it is predicted that they are parasitic on their associate fungus and tree. Preemptively mycoheterotrophs are considered epiparasites, and this assumption has become the predominant perspective through which mycoheterotrophs are studied. The overuse of epiparasitism as a theoretical model limits the study of other ...


Neuro-Oppression: Does Neuroscience Perpetuate Social Marginalization?, Jyothis James Apr 2016

Neuro-Oppression: Does Neuroscience Perpetuate Social Marginalization?, Jyothis James

Senior Theses

Moral theories proposed by Immanuel Kant and Alan Gewirth argue that the ability to reason can demarcate who is granted moral worth. Social groups such as women, non-white peoples, queer and trans people, and essentially those who are not considered mentally or physically ‘normal’ have been marginalized through naturalistic arguments of intellectual inferiority rooted in biology. Michel Foucault argues that oppressive systems form through a genealogical socio-historical process that posits one identity as superior, and the other as inferior. I will use a similar Foucauldian historicist framework to argue that the neurosciences are susceptible to this naturalistic fallacy, and thus ...


Fighting Demons, Fighting Cancer, Ethan Helm Mar 2008

Fighting Demons, Fighting Cancer, Ethan Helm

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Demons. I’m surrounded by demons. To my left, soul-draining succubi shoot balls of magic, to the right stand acid-flinging Cerberuses, and straight ahead, gigantic, fire-breathing balrogs lurk ominously. First I charge the succubi, killing them quickly with a barrage of Level 20 fireballs. Next, I take the Cerberuses using the same technique. The balrogs, however, are immune to fire. I push F4 to change my spell to chain lightning and electrocute the spawns of Satan. Now, on to Lazarus, the teleporting super demon. I’ll get him though, for I can teleport too!