Yu-An Chen

Jersey City, NJ, United States

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Yu-An Chen
Posted over 2 years ago
How does virtuality translate into reality?
Observer effect state that the act of observation of a process or an event will have different outcome comparing with no observation. But in order to analyze the relation between the input and output, observation is inevitable. Base on such assumption, then nothing we observe is real. But to not to observe anything to get the "reality" is not achievable. So I think it is really difficult to distinguish real and imaginary.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Can we "engineer" our own interests through repeated exposure?
I think the answer to the question is both! I think single larger events in life has more impact when it comes to life altering influence. People seem to settle to the environment, that's why the summing of small events usually just gets ignored and forgotten. On the other hand, drastic events that shake up the world usually make people realize the situation they are in or the ideas that has been sitting long in their heads. The spark can also bury a seed in their mind and slowly grow into something influential enough.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Does society need more interdisciplinary work? Or more well-rounded individuals working together?
Hi, Sarina, I think the reason specialists stay around specialists is because the advancement technology has progressed. in most of the fields. A simple topic can lead to a deeper and bigger field for people to dive in. For example, in my bioelectricity class, we talked about different aspects of the electricity that is in our body such as hearts, muscles, brain and more. Every week we tackles different topics. I feel for each of there topic we went through, we were merely tapping the surface. There is so much more to learn to be an expert on one of those subjects! That is the reason why I think specialization has its place. But I also agree that diversity can bring in inspirations. And also from swimming in the diversity pool, we can always realize the field we want to dive deep into later on.
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Posted over 2 years ago
How are different body parts connected to the emotions we traditionally associate with them?
Hi, Stuart, I agree with you that skin is definitely a pathway to conduct our feeling. Besides personal experience such as goosebumps. I came across two articles that support the idea of skin can reflect human emotion: In http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/summary/60/6/1063, past dermatologists have observed and believe there is correlations between skin disorder and human disorder. In http://www.mendeley.com/research/eventrelated-skin-conductance-responses-to-musical-emotions-in-humans/, it uses skin conductance response (SCR) to measure emotional reactions.
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Posted over 2 years ago
What is the power behind a shared experience?
Hi Roy, I totally agree with you that '' Good deeds are contagious." Here is a paper (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908235/pdf/main.pdf) that gives experimental supports about how behaviors of an individual human can be affected by observing the people around through social conformity. having positive attitude as a group can have amazing effect to others.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Where does our identity as being "human" come from?
HI, Mary, I think "We are humans because we can have this conversation on-line." is a killer quote. Good job. I think its the brain made us human. Luckily, we are smart enough to think about other things rather than just basic survivals which is true in most animals. The ability to think and comes up with ideas separate us from animals. Another reason is curiosity, people are curious about a lot of stuff, and one of course is questioning ones identity. I will say the process of thinking about replying to the post itself is already an answer to the post
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Posted over 2 years ago
Will we ever truly be able to model nature?
Hi, Andrew It is a great article about modeling, I agree with your and Paul's point. Intuitively, I think perfect modeling of nature is impossible given how many parameters should be considered and the degree of their effectiveness. According to chaos theory, a system behavior is hardly predictable, as the random elements are getting involved included into the system. I agree that it is getting close is sufficient for most of the cases.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Would you rather be an information producer, propagator, or consumer?
Hi, Jose, I like how you thinking about specifying the types of information. For scientific research, I think everyone is a consumer and a propagator but it does not apply to producer. Before becoming a producer, one has to be absorb enough information(being a consumer) and then have some thought of ones own and willing to share(being a propagator) and finally generating products(being a producer). As a student which I see as a consumer, I feel the more information I consume, the harder it is to become a producer given how advanced the technology has become today
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Posted over 2 years ago
How can computer models help us build intuition?
Computer models are a great tool to visualize abstract information or theory. Scientists with computer modeling tools can make bold assumptions and let the computer to run the simulation to see the assumption's feasibility. Science continues to progress, its complexity has developed in such great depths that it is almost impossible to detach oneself from utilizing any computer modeling.