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The "mission and core purpose" of the University of Texas at Austin is" to transform lives for the benefit of society through the core values of learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility."

 


Born Free

http://www.youtube.com/v/1qBK4RRpouQ&hl=en&fs=1&

Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free

(Stay free, where no walls divide you)
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free

 


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4-1: MEET AT WALLER CREEK: "Best and Worst"for first half of alphabet: Bee, Orca, Crab, Elephant, Sea Otter, Coyote, Milk Snake, Hummingbird; 2ND Discussion of the Use of Animals in "Research"

TODAY'S GOALS:

[2A2] ETHICS [ The second goal of the required leadership/ethics flag courses -- learn to make real-life ethical choices -- is closely related to the core purpose of the University of Texas, to transform lives for the benefit of society. It is also one of the basic education requirements of U.T.: "have experience in thinking about moral and ethical problems." Our ethics goals are

[2A2c] To experience more directly the ethical dilemmas presented by speciesism, especially cruelty to animals.

[2A2d]  To become aware of real-life ethical choices made daily by all of us involving cruelty to animals.

[2A2e] To return to the traditional college goals of developing character and conscience.

[2A2f] To practice replacing fear and greed with love, compassion, tolerance, and the sympathetic imagination.

TODAY'S TOPICS:  the Use of Animals in "Research"

TODAY'S ACTIVITIES:

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.  Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Source: Mathematical Circles

 

Dass Guided Imagery focused on sending light and love

"Best and Worst" for 2nd half of the alphabet: White Horse, Sea Horse, Raven, Timber Wolf, Owl, Gray Wolf, Black Bear

Quiz: Must get two questions right or -10 without a valid blog this week;


TODAY'S REQUIRED READING:  White Coat Welfare

+ 603B14 course anthology:

"The Beagle as Research Dog"………………...........…….......568-71

Richard Adams, The Plague Dogs  overview………………………….........572-5

Richard Adams, The Plague Dogs brief selection……………………….....576-84

Animal Research Wars ……………………………………………………..............585-601

Animal Research on This Campus: ARC info…………………………..….....602-9

Animal Research on this Campus: Robert Titus…………….........……….610-18

Animal  Research  on  this  Campus:  Julie  C……………………………….….....619

 

REVIEW:

Guerrini, Experimenting with Humans and Animals .............................497-534

Carroll, Popular Fallacies....................................................535-42

" Vivisection as a Sign of the Times" ……………………………..…....................543-5

Coral  Lansbury,  The  Old  Brown  Dog…………………………………….…..........546-51

Applied Ethics in Animal Research………………………………….......…….........552-7

Introduction..........................................................................552-8

Frey, the scientific case against.............................................559

Biller, suffering vs. umwelt.....................................................560-1

Beckoff, The Great Ape project...............................................562-3

Rollin, ACUCs............................................................................564

Orlans, Eight Regulations.........................................................565

Morton, Justifying Experiments ..............................566-7


RECOMMENDED READING: The Extremes, both ends of the spectrum: EARTHLINGS: SCIENCE vs. Animal Research Wars Middle of the road position? Domjan presentation.

A view to balance views given in the readings: http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/

Where research is moving: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/breakthroughs-might-mean-end-of-animals-testing-20140324-35dbp.html

Virtual lab tour (PR): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGy1QHPyvtM

REVIEW, CONNECT, HAMMER INTO UNITY: Use of people as research animals in the Holocaust, see Derrida quote in Bump article.


LOOKING AHEAD:
Research animals 3


 
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    FEELING STRESSED?

    Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, once wrote, "to allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.

    More than that, it is cooperation with violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys her own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."

    One interpretation: The fear of failure and the need to get things done create this downward spiral of the spirit. To break this "circle of violence" we must step back, reflect, meditate. While at rest we may be able to see things anew, which will increase our "fruitfulness at work" and at home.

    Stressed by papers? Tests? Relationship issues? For these and other stressors, take a few minutes to check out a new interactive website called “Stress Recess” at

    http://www.cmhc.utexas.edu/stressrecess, a component of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. This site is loaded with videos, animation, video games, body scans, quizzes, clickable charts and graphics and practical information tailored to YOU. Learn what causes stress, signs of stress and—most importantly---what you can do to manage stress in healthy ways!

    Counseling and Mental Health Center:
    512-471-3515
  • UT Telephone Counseling (24 hours/day, 7 days/week):
    512-471-CALL (2255)
  • Behavior Concerns Advice Line (24 hours/day, 7 days/week):
    512-232-5050

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