Week 6


The final assignment for Fiat Lux: Eat or be Eaten 2024: 

Write about yourself first, including a few details about your major, your animal sign, and how your animal relates to the Dragon or Lizard, as it is the year of the Dragon. Then, based on the 12 concepts provided below, select one topic and conduct comprehensive research about your animal in relation to your chosen topic.  Also, make sure to utilize your major in your research. Include a minimum of 500 words, at least 3 images, 1 video, and 5 links as references. Feel free to experiment further and combine the topics. 



  1. Cloning
  2. Chinese / Tibetan / Ayurveda Medicine 
  3. Food crisis
  4. Anthropocene food
  5. Genetic Engineering in Animals
  6. Extinction
  7. Animals and Language
  8. Genetic Engineering / Crops
  9. Animals / Therapy
  10. Climate Change
  11. Science Experiments and Animals
  12. Animals / Consciousness. 

The Year of the Goat

The Hox zodiac year of the Goat is associated with the Wood element and is a time of transformation and renewal. In Chinese culture, the Goat is a symbol of peace, gentleness, and prosperity. People born in this year are known for their artistic, gentle, and compassionate nature. They are often drawn to the arts and careers in the helping professions, such as counseling or social work, due to their empathetic nature. In addition to their personality traits, those born in the Year of the Goat also have certain food preferences and dietary habits that reflect their zodiac sign.

The Beauty of Horses

EAT, Equine Assisted Therapy, is a treatment that uses equine activities to help people who struggle with autism, trauma, behavioral issues, ADD, depression, and other mental health issues. I have always loved horses. Growing up I felt a strong, unexplainable connection to them, similar to the way I feel about dogs. I didn’t know at the time that they were therapeutic animals, but I felt it. I use to work with special needs kids and I used to take one of them to EAT sessions in Will Rodgers State Park.

In Class Blog


Interesting Facts about Horses and Sheep:


There are more than 400 different breeds of horses. Horses can weigh as much as 2,200 pounds. I also read that horses apparently have the largest eyes of all animals that live on land. It can take up to around a year to regrow their hooves.


Reflections on the Snake, Dragon, and Rabbit

As an art history major, the scientific aspects that we discussed during our last meeting were very interesting, but also quite obscure and new to me. I found it fascinating that despite all our differences, all humans and animals are much more alike than one may think—given that our bodies are all structured according to the same set of hox genes.

Thoughts on the Rabbit, Dragon, and Snake

I was reading about how the Chinese zodiac animals were sequenced. When the Jade Emperor decided he wanted twelve animals to be his guards, he set up a race to his Heavenly Gate. The order the animals arrived would represent their ranking. It was no surprise to me that the rabbit would be arrogant about his speed and considering the rabbit was making fun of the ox for being slow, the rabbit got his comeuppance for finishing after the ox.

Second Blog Post: Rabbits for Science? What about Dragons and Snakes?

            Moving on to the next three animals on the HOXZODIAC wheel, we begin with the rabbit. In Chinese culture, the rabbit represents the moon, some say because the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit. Others say it’s because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics. This is not to mention that in Western Culture, the rabbit’s foot is considered lucky. Rabbits are earnest with everything they do; they just ask that others treat them the same way.


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