October 21, 2008

im out of money.



October 20, 2008

paris. now cork. tomorrow galway. friday dublin.

so much to update. no internet to do so with.

alas, for now, an article:

Artificial Wombs: bold, controversial science coming soon

March 09 2008 / by futuretalk
Category: Other Year: General Rating: 14

By Dick Pelletier

Cutting-edge research in the U.S. and Japan will soon launch a new era in human procreation: a world in which embryos can be “brought to term” in artificial wombs, eliminating traditional pregnancies.

Cornell University’s Dr. Hung Chiung Liu has engineered endometrial tissues by prompting cells to grow in an artificial uterus. When Liu introduced a mouse embryo into the lab-created uterine lining, “It successfully implanted and grew healthy”, she said in a New Atlantis magazine interview. Liu thinks her team could develop an animal womb in 5 years, and a human model within 10.

In another experiment, Tokyo researcher Yosinori Kuwabara and colleagues kept goat fetuses growing for 10 days by connecting umbilical cords to machines that pump in blood, oxygen and nutrients, and dispose waste. While this womb is only a prototype, Kuwabara predicts that a fully functioning artificial womb capable of gestating a human fetus could evolve by 2010.

Experts believe artificial wombs will one day supplant natural ones – conception will become clinical; birth, bloodless. Gestation would be detached from motherhood, and the fetus would always be viable the instant sperm and egg fused.

Artificial wombs are the kind of technological prospect ethicists love to ponder. Philosopher Peter Singer claims “women will be helped, rather than harmed, by a technology that makes it possible to have children without being pregnant”. Feminist Shulamith Firestone agrees. “Once women break free from the tyranny of their reproductive biology, they could achieve full equality with men”.

Proponents believe artificial wombs will help women who have suffered miscarriages and hysterectomies; and couples who cannot conceive by themselves and do not wish to hire a surrogate, but still want their own baby.

Concerns over losing emotional connection between mother and newborn are unwarranted, says ethicist Roger Dworkin. Researchers predict that computerized programming with parent emotions and personalities will simulate human care and feelings 24/7 to insure perfect emotional development of children in artificial wombs.

However, North Carolina ethicist Rosemarie Tong disagrees, arguing that this science could lead to viewing children as “things”. The further we erode the mystery of how human life develops, she says, the more appealing it becomes to improve technology and demand greater control.

In the near term, experts say, most women will probably gestate their children the old-fashioned way, but career-minded females may welcome a new concept that enables them to raise a family without enduring the pregnancy that often weakens their job status.

Ultimately, this technology could enable anyone; single, married, male, female, young, old, heterosexual or gay, to combine DNA from their own body with a selected third party, and voilà; the gene pool marches on – and without any morning sickness or other negative side-effects.

In an unusual twist, this revolutionary science offers justification to pro-lifers in the abortion debates. Choosing an abortion to protect a mother’s health would no longer be necessary. Artificial wombs could bring all aborted embryos to term, thus saving countless lives.

Some see the artificial womb as a triumph of modern science – others see it as the ultimate human folly. Only time will tell which of these views are correct, as we get ready to enjoy this awe-inspiring and incredible “magical future”.

the natural. unique. individual. and even as silly as the word is- specialness. of birth. all gone. cool. full equality with men?? oh man. i have so much to write abt this. but not now. ive been in such palpable journal mode. not computer journal mode. so this post needs lots of editing of my feelings opinions whanot on the subject.

October 7, 2008

i like the old you so much better.

October 7, 2008

i stole this from a friend’s blog- travis’. i just wanted to remember it.

“We have bigger houses but smaller families;
More conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgment;
More experts, but more problems;
More medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more information to
produce more copies than ever but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall man but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.”

– Dalai Lama

October 1, 2008

i’ve been in italy for about a month now. and feelings are still somewhat mixed. its great to be here. its great that im learning and experiencing and am exposed to something beyond the USoA but, i feel like im in the wrong place. but i have tons of life ahead of me to further explore i guess. so i should just shutup. im lucky. enough said.

last week i got involved with the florence international theatre program. i met a wonderfully brillant woman, bari. who went to syracuse and then harvard for acting and has lived this crazy life trying to support that acting career. and ended up here on a whim and started this program. she wrote a play called networth abt it and we put that on this past sunday. i worked along side her, a dutch woman who did lighting on top of whatever else- trui. and a girl from FUA- florence university of the arts. it was rad. four woman. put on a play, i got involved just a week before the production went up.  it was intense. late rehearsals everynight. long days. etc etc. the life of the theater. i fucking love it. i ran subtitles. as it was in english and there were plenty of italians in the audience. i learned a lot already from bari and trui. a lot. i felt better abt me being here, even if it may not be the right place. i felt reassured.  it also gave me more of a sense of independence. the fact that i went out, driven to find some piece of self in this foreign city, reached it, got involved, learned from it.. while doing it all on my own. i dont know. that means something. i like that perspective. i felt empowered walking around this city at night alone bc i was walking to and from a job. i had something to do with my nights other than what the city offers to its american students: bars. and that made me SO glad. so glad. i hate the night life here seems so restrictive. so pigeon holed.

and last night i went to a meeting that FITC (florence international theater company) guides. guides? not the right word.. anyways. its called SGE- student generated event. every semester theres a topic and you dicuss. mediate, react to that topic in some way whether it be some form of performance art, visual art, exhibition, spoken word, song, yada yada. the theme is, what is democracy? we were just discussing how empty that word really is. how when asked, if one doesnt really have an answer yet lives in one.. how relevant is it that its the system of government ruling us.  how the idealism behind the word democracy has seemed to have faded. yadayada. thats just for now. ideas ive had of response? theres this one involving murals of individuals around the world with word blurbs/statistics regarding how democracy, which is supposed to be a governemtn of the people affects these individual people. i am studying figure drawing this semester. maybe i could put it to use in another way. id exhibit that. another idea i had was to tap back into speech- do some research and find some alternative literature on democracy from different views and act out the characters of each view back and fourth… its hard to explain. bringing life to a mixture of literatures compiled.  but yea, this sort of thing is going to start meeting once a week until when the event- student generated EVENT happens. around november 20 or something.

another topic. how different cultures view relationships. ah, thats for later. this is too long as is.

and i just got somewhat obsessed. okay obsessed with the band?/singer?/musical artist? lykke li. from sweden. i dont know if shes old  news. but shes new to me.