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Students research animals on Chinese zodiac wheel based on their sign, and propose specific menus. Students forage campus to taste food. Discussion of complexity of animals in food chain and in laboratory experiments. Study based on decade-long collaboration between media artist/instructor and neuroscientist Siddharth Ramakrishnan.
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Horse, Sheep, Monkey

I would like to focus on the horse for this entry instead of giving general information about all other animals. I would like to compare two very similar nations with almost identical cultures, shared pasts and ancestries. These two nations are Tatars, currently an autonomous republic in Russian Federation, and Turks, of Republic of Turkey in Asia Minor. These two Turkic nations have been the part of the same empires for decades. They share most of the traditions, both are majority Muslim countries.

Class Related pictures/video

My friend from the farm in Minnesota sent me this little video on valentines day and I wanted to share it with you all because it made me smile.  She said they moved hay-bales into the shape of a heart and then put the sheep and guard dogs inside to herd the sheep towards the bales so they would be in a heart shape:).   The video was shot with a drone and you can see my friend Hannah and some other farm workers on a truck at the end.  

Rabbits & Dragons

Rabbit: Rabbits, just like their real life counterparts are timid, agile, ever vigilant, attractive, and reserved people. An interesting trait that is mentioned by the hox zodiac is that rabbit is also very persistent. In our daily lives we usually forget the real nature of the "cute" and "fluffy" pet owned by many. Below that fur there is still a rodent, as persistent as the rat. It/they may not reveal their true inner nature that often, but dont be mistaken it is still there.

Snake, Rat, Ox, Tiger

     My name is Ural Sahin. Im a late joining International Student. I wasn't able to join our classes because of the huge time differences, (3-5 am). Factoring in my other classes I would get absolutely no sleep. On a different note, I picked this class because I have always weighed a little more on my rationalist side. I was hoping to find a different thought system, not necessarily based on science,horoscopes dwell exactly on that spectrum.

Class 4 (Week 8) Rooster, Dog, Pig

I really enjoyed learning about pigs. A few interesting facts I learned about them were that pigs skin is very sensitive and so one of the reasons they roll around in mud is in order to prevent getting a sunburn. Piglets can learn their mother’s voice and their mother’s will often sing to them to try and get them to fall back to sleep. Another interesting fact is that pig blood could keep humans alive if it was transfused into one’s body. The last and most shocking fact I learned is that pigs can supposedly be taught how to play video games!

rabbit and dragon

In today's class, we discussed three zodiac animals--the rabbit, dragon, and snake. It's interesting that how ancient people created these folklores to personalize animals.  What is more interesting is that until today, these zodiac animals still representing the given characteristics and people would associate others, who were born in a particular year, with corresponding characteristics / personalities of that specific zodiac animal. For example, rabbits are associated with soft, tame, and feminine, which, unfortunately, most of them are undesirable in modern days.

Super Horse

Horse breeding has allowed for mankind to pick and choose the strongest, fastest, most endurable and not to mention the most beautiful horses of the bloodline. As we saw in class, animal cloning is not something new and has been achieved in monkeys, sheep, and more relevant to this post, horses. Cloning of the best horses has been done. In the horse-racing world this was at first seen as an unfair advantage, but it soon came to light that genetics alone are not enough to win a race or be the best.

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