Hello Jaime! I do believe that the body finds a way to heal itself sometimes, but not all sickness are bearable to set aside. People with alzheimer’s can’t simply live life to the fullest, some are so far gone that they can’t live their life in order, they get confused and their memory gets shuffled sometimes. From this website, htt…[Read more]
Hello Erica! I thought it was really interesting when you brought up “features of the physical environment affect people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.” I never considered that this could shape someone, but I am not surprised that someone’s surroundings could impact the way people behave. I found in this source something like you were ta…[Read more]
The definition of human genetic modification is, “the direct manipulation of the genome using molecular engineering techniques.” There are several technologies that have advanced the science of genetic eng
Angelica, I have been super interested with Genetic modification recently and your post brought up some great issues with its implications. I believe this is the largest ethical dilemma we are facing currently. Do we potentially save millions of lives from diseases or do we potentially irreversibly change the entire human race unpredictably. There are so many variable that cannot be accounted for when modifying genes and you brought up the great point that this will not only change people currently, but it will also permanently alter our offspring and potentially cause some traits to go extinct. I like how you mention that the future could be filled with “perfect” people and this is terrifying. This is very scary science and we are beginning to battle with evolution which we will most likely not win against. Will we make some fatal flaw that will come back to bite us in the future? Here is a site that I think you might find interesting. https://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/risks-of-genetic-engineering.html#.WpzH2LaZMUs
Hello Mary, I think your post is a great idea. The thought of humans leaving earth and colonizing new planets would be interesting. But how will we be able to take care of our new home if we are leaving our original one because we ruined it? Will this disrupt our adaptation to the problems we make? Will we be able to survive the competition that…[Read more]
Hello Treyvon, I thought your topic was interesting. I believe the creators who are advancing our technology are only seeing the good it will do, but they are unaware of the consequences that it brings upon our society. Technology such as social media has done us all a lot of good, it has made communication easier (in a sense) and has given us…[Read more]
One of the main concerns about genetic engineering is the practice being used for enhancing humans instead of curing them of diseases. Although, if scientists were to find a stable and an absolute safe way to cure
In recent years the government has banned funding for genetically modifying humans, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from pursuing their research with the funding from other places. There are several concerns a
There has always been an interest in genetic modification of life on earth. The possibilities of what scientists can do with this information is both interesting and concerning. What is preventing scientists from
If found your post to be very informative. The argument in the possibility of life created within a lab or humans playing the role of God is very controversial. At this point in our lives, the discussion in the genetic modification of foods continues to be a heated debate topic. If genetically modifying foods are such a heated topic, genetically modifying humans would be at its most controversial. I think that the research portion which scientists pursue to find ways to make this work is remarkable, however, an ethical question seems to become the end result of whether or not to implement a lab grown human embryo into the scientific community. One website that is one of my favorite to find research and may help your interests is https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK447270/. You can scroll down and click any of the chapters/sections in the book! Again, great post!
I believe making a survey about genetic engineering was a great idea, there are so many people out there with different beliefs. I just have to wonder how consistent the procedure is on humans? Since you have researched about genetic engineering, could you share your opinion based off what you learned? Another thought that I had is could…[Read more]
Seems like a good idea at first glance. Too many prisoners, no money to build prisons. Let private companies fill the gap. Let them build and run prisons for profit since these private businesses are entitled to
Dear Angelica :
I am happy with your post, “There’s Nothing Wrong With Private Prisons.” I think it is good to have prisoners in their space where nothing wrong can happen to them. It is also great to have private cells because there will be fewer riots, drugs coming in prisons, homicides, and fights. Another sentence that I was looking at was: “It turns out imprisoning Americans in private prisons is a massive money maker for big businesses.” This stood out to me because this would be easy money to make back and it helps the killing rate lower because the prisoners will be alone and won’t have to see other people that they don’t like.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you wrote next because you have a great article about certain things and great ideas. I would hopefully want to see how your idea become even bigger than it was before.
I am interested in your post, “There’s nothing wrong with private prisons,” because I’ve never heard of a private prison before, I didn’t even think such thing existed. At first, I didn’t get why would there be a need to have private prisons, but then I read your post.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Private prisons have been accused of all sorts of abuse and corruption.” I think this is very interesting because it makes me think about private schools, private schools usually have a bunch of rich kids in them, if not all. Parents pay money to have their kids feel safe and get the best education possible at those school. By what you’re saying, private schools and private prisons are nothing alike then.
Another sentence that I acknowledged was: “If you make your money off of housing criminals then you are incentivized by having more people breaking the law and being placed in your prison..” This stood out to me because this shows that those private prison owners, are just after money and they don’t care how they get it. So basically, they’ll lowkey want crimes to happen because more crime means more criminals, more criminals mean more criminals placed in those private prisons.
Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. At one point, when I heard Neymar was leaving Barcelona for PSG for $222m, I thought he was just doing it for the money. I was even starting to dislike him because all I thought was, he didn’t even care for Barcelona, all he cared about was the money. Just threw all those years at Barcelona, away. But then, I started to think about it, he’s still young, I thought to myself, he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life in one place. Especially if he can travel anywhere, he wants, since he is one of the best soccer players in the world.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you informed me with something I’ve never heard about. Maybe on what you write about next, I’ll learn something new also.
Hello Eric, I was reading your topic and I found it pretty interesting. I always wondered whether self driving cars are reliable or not? I mean, when has anything a human has made ever been perfect? Never. The idea of having cars that can take you anywhere without a driver is pretty cool, but I personally don’t think it’s a great idea. Cars are…[Read more]
There is some news on the internet that seems too good to be true. The unfortunate thing about social media is that people assume it’s true, and this leads to misunderstanding when it comes to social issues. C
I enjoyed reading your opinion! You very clearly expressed your ideas and research explaining that people shouldn’t trust everything they see on the internet. I believe we live in a society where the media is the number one source of information that people seek to find answers. Do you think there is a way to maybe make sure that whatever the media puts on the internet is always true? Thank you for taking the time to read my comment.
I really like reading what you had to say about the internet and how we might trust the internet blindly. I think that we should ask more questions about who we trust and also who we give information to. Do you think us as a society would be able to change how information is spread?
Hello Anais, I agree that this topic about anxiety and depression is an important matter. Your ideas of ways to help people with anxiety and depression are great. I appreciate you making this topic personal, it makes me understand on a more deeper level and it encourages me to try and help those who feel this way. I didn’t know much about people w…[Read more]
Consider the organisms and bacteria living in us, for example Microscopic mites living on our faces or Friendly bacteria that help our bodies function internally. They are all apart of a system that leads to a
Angelica this post really got me thinking! One of my absolute favorite things to do is think about space and the infinite possibilities it holds. This often leads my brain numb and hurting but thats part of the fun. I have thought about this idea that we are a smaller object in a larger system much like bacteria is to us and I really believe it to be true. You said, “Of course, we are more aware of our existence and surroundings than a demodex folliculorum, and trying to compare ourselves to a bacteria is a bit insulting.” This very well might not be true our intelligence is great compared to a bacteria, but we have no capabilities of understanding the limits of intelligence and we could be as smart as bacteria to something else. I believe that the Universe is never ending and therefore there and infinite possibilities of anything you could imagine. Anything you can think of and even things you can’t think of are out there far far away. Thank you for this great post making my brain once again hurt.
“Is it possible to be happy alone?” Yes, it is possible for humans to find happiness in their own company. I agree with you that being with people we connect to helps us become who we are today. Humans are capable living without any human contact, but there are consequences when severing these ties. In the article htt…[Read more]
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