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Dr. Brown’s purpose was to teach the audience that a woman’s behavior during her pregnancy is very important to her unborn child’s development. His main argument was against substance abuse, and he concentrated on alcohol as America’s most abused substance. His arguments against alcohol abuse were that alcohol causes more damage than any other abused substance, alcohol is the third leading cause of retardation in children, and that babies damaged by alcohol would otherwise be perfectly normal.
I N T E G R A T I O N/OPINION
This lecture made me realize that I learned something from the chapters and lectures on human development. Dr. Brown was a convincing speaker, but his speech contained a few generalizations that weren’t quite true. He implied that the blood stream of the mother is directly connected to her baby’s. This is simply not true. They are integrated (through the placenta), and some things can pass between mother and child, but not everything. The point he was trying to make was that alcohol and other drugs can pass between mother and unborn child. According to what I learned in class, that is true, but he still overgeneralized. The information that he presented on the negative effects of maternal malnutrition, disease, and smoking on an unborn fetus agreed with the information that has been presented in our textbook.
I enjoyed his explanation of chromosome pairing. He had slides of different chromosomes that showed how they affect human genetic transmission. He also showed us slides of some children who had suffered from chromosome abnormalities. Overall, I feel the speaker was very educated in his subject matter, but that he was trying to play on our emotions so that we would accept his point of view. I really think that his talk was more aimed at a high school than a college audience. If he had talked to us as more highly educated adults (i.e., as critical thinkers), he could have made his points without trying to scare us into being careful.