Essay on The Secret Life Of Plants By Ferris Jabr

1874 Words Apr 13th, 2016 8 Pages
After interpreting the stimulus packet, I analyzed the underlying topics of Life of the Peasants, The Secret Life of Plants, and Self Portrait Between the Borderline of Mexico and the United States, and developed a connection between the long-standing traditions of spirituality burdening the advancements of human evolution. The Secret Life of Plants by Ferris Jabr describes how "kin selection has an evolutionary rationale because it increases the chances that the genes an individual shares with its relatives will be passed to the next generation". This enhances the view of the benefits of cultural significance in medicinal practices because it relates to how long-standing cultures have the ability to pass down home-remedies that can prove to be useful in the world of medicine. The information gathered from The Secret Life of Plants prompted me to look into the other side of the issue and determine the negative effects culture has on medicine. The painting Self Portrait Between the Borderline of Mexico and the United States by Frida Kahlo visualizes the relationships between terminating cultures and industrialization and the fact that there are benefits to each position. There are times where culture and industrialization should mix but also where they need to stay segregated for the benefits of each one. A similar idea is shown through Vanishing Voices by Russ Rymer in that “the disappearance of a language deprives us of knowledge no less valuable than some future miracle…

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