ENGAGE • ENLIGHTEN • INFORM
ISSUE 5. SUMMER 2023
Is Change Monstrous?
Julia Hristov '24
Extents and Possibilities of Human Enhancement
We humans have continued to evolve in our comprehension of science and medicine to the extent that we now have a profound understanding of our genomic composition. As we continue to broaden our knowledge in this area, it seems inevitable that we will apply this information to the betterment of our species, but how far can we go?
By Paige Farber '23
By Hyunji Lee '24
Avenues New York
Breathing is so hard. Each time my worn-out shoe hits the ground my lungs try to collapse in on themselves. I’m not yet sure if it's because I’m terrified for my life or so beyond happy to see my sister, Ella. Either way, I'm struggling to gain enough oxygen to keep running down this eerie hall, and I don’t have time to worry about something as mundane as breathing. I drag Ella left and right trying to find a way to escape the endless rooms that seem to appear. For some reason, I can’t remember my path here...
By Caroline Mawhinney '24
Art is a Catalyst of Change
By Reneei Cai '24
Avenues New York
It is 1928, Dr. Alexander Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist, is at St. Mary’s Hospital in London bends over a small petri dish, the contents of it yet to be discovered. He seems uninterested, bored even. Sighing, he picks up the petri dish and walks over to the trash bin to throw it out. Suddenly, he trips on a bit of exposed wire, and a spark falls on Dr. Fleming’s coat. Dr. Fleming dies in the lab fire. What was in the petri dish and who will finish his research?
By Coralie Ahrenskeaff '24
The Galaxy Between Us
Did you know that one of California's top ten invasive species lives right outside your door? It is the American Bullfrog.
By Callum Wyeth '28
I've almost memorized the scene outside--inky blackness, partly lit up by stars. We're so far from the sun that the only things we've seen out there are shapes in the dark. Is this whole thing real?
By Daisy Baker '25
By Rushank Goyal '23
Human evolution refers to the process of random mutation and natural selection that—over millions of years—led to the emergence of modern humans: Homo sapiens. Bipedalism and encephalization provided early hominids the capabilities to use tools, which likely led to better nutrition through hunting, which increased brain size further, improving tools and hence nutrition even more. This cycle is responsible for massively increasing our cognitive resources and allowing for important future developments like the control of fire. The story of human evolution has been one of cognitive capacity; the second major increase was so significant that it is called the Cognitive Revolution. While we are not sure of its trigger—it's one of the key mysteries of our evolution—the subsequent creation of language was a fundamental shift in the fate of our species. For the first time, we were able to communicate abstract ideas and form societies and cultures around those shared beliefs. No longer were we limited to small bands of 150 (Dunbar's number on the upper limit of one-to-one social relationships); instead, our newly created common myths let complete strangers cooperate to form agricultural empires, develop mass religion, build cities and monuments, and create the legal and economic systems that run our world today. Buddhism, capitalism, Porsche, Australia, and more are all examples of shared myths. And so are Avenues Online and The Network.
THE EDITORS' POINT OF VIEW
As the Editor and the Art Editor of The Network, we are excited to share with you our summer issue.
Each issue we create focuses on a theme developed from current events. We want to inform our readers about relevant events, provoke them to think, and move them to act.
As we discussed current events, at first, they all seemed disparate and not to have a common theme. In June of 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which overturned its decision in Roe v. Wade from January 1973. In, March of 2023, Major League Baseball implemented a series of new rules for the 2023 season. The War in Ukraine has sparked a new arms race.
The one thing all these current events have in common is change. They are significant changes in domestic laws, game rules, and defense policies. These events lead us to ask the question, "Is change monstrous?"
The Indian Health Service and the Continuation of the Exploitation of the Native American People in the Twenty-First Century
During the previous three years, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the Native American population. Once infected, Native Americans were four times more likely to be hospitalized and died at a rate nearly twice that of White Americans. Why?