• When I decided to do my research project on climate change, I knew I was going to have to address that there are common misconceptions and a general lack of in-depth knowledge about it, but I’ve found learning a

  • Noah commented on the post, Venomous Water 4 weeks ago

    I agree that this is an important issue, and the fact that it still has to be is shocking and almost embarrassing. The Flint Water Crisis no longer feels like a crisis — it’s just a reality people have had undrinkable water since early 2014. It may be that the scariest aspect of this now is no longer just the contamination itself, but the…[Read more]

  • Gigi,
    I found it interesting how you mentioned that kids are becoming regular technology users at progressively younger ages and how that may link to an inability to focus on basic tasks later in life. I wonder if there would be some merit in research into how technology affects the brains of developing children; I definitely see very young…[Read more]

  • It is undeniable that technology use has become damaging and addictive for many people in our society today. However, the reason why that is the case is not widely agreed upon. There appears to be a triangular

    • Kevin replied 1 month ago

      Hello Noah,

      Nice analysis of a very important problem that our society is struggling to deal with today. I agree with your stance: it is our decision to become so engrossed in technology. As you have stated there is no proof that technology itself is inherently addictive and most people are aware of the time they spend on their smartphones. Yet they still continue doing this. Our generation is less focused, more materialistic, and more depressed than ever. The simulacrum created by our use of technology has forced us into our own digital bubble. We need more active engagement and discipline from ourselves and other to combat this issue. In your opinion what would be the optimal way to ease the use of technology?

  • Tanner,

    I thought the article you attached seemed familiar to me and I knew why once I saw the author. Alan Weisman turned this idea into an entire book called The World Without Us which I recently read, I’d recommend it to you if you want to see a cool breakdown of what exactly would happen in a world without humans. I think that people only see…[Read more]

  • Cheryl,

    All of what you’ve written here is really interesting, I like that you point out that everyone has some capacity to be “good.” This makes me wonder, is being a “good person” really objective at all? Everyone has different values, you mention religion and society as factors that create values for some people. I’m not sure if the definition…[Read more]

  • Hunter,

    Your post brings up some good points, you all too often hear teenagers unironically saying they were “born” in the wrong generation … through their smartphones that they can’t function without. It’s all too easy to take how advanced society has become for granted. The fact that most people can just acknowledge that everyone wants to be…[Read more]

  • Maxwell,

    I agree that some people seem to crave negative emotions, but I wonder if the root cause is more in comfort and familiarity than addiction. I see this kind of comfort in people and opinions. Learning the validity of opinions that might contradict your own should increase happiness and understanding for everyone, but few people find…[Read more]

  • Bobby,

    I found this post really interesting, I definitely feel that people today don’t “demand” much of anything from their music. Your point on decreased pitch variety is also spot-on. I’ve noticed the repeated use of simple major/minor chords in all sorts of pop music today, even “sad” songs feel like they’re not conveying emotion through their…[Read more]

  • Reilly,

    I agree that Americans generally don’t care about the environment, and I believe the reason why is more complicated than just selfishness. The American culture leaves little room for environmentally conscious living. You mention that people use disposable plastic bags and water bottles, but these are just so common in the U.S. that it…[Read more]

  • Zachary,

    All of the points you mention are definitely important to our society today, I like how you touched on the often-ignored topic of environmentally-conscious public transportation. I also like that you mentioned climate-mediated habitat loss; people generally know that humans are destroying rainforests alarmingly quickly but not that we’re…[Read more]

  • When I’m reading, fiction or nonfiction alike, I all too often find myself internally “living out” a part of the plot. I mentally “take control” of a main character and unintentionally continue their story in

    • One sentence you wrote that stand out for me is ” Even if i truly do know someone well, my mind will often wander and wonder…” I think this is intricate because it is very hard to be able to see other’s perceptions about certain situations. Perception is about learning who someone is through their perception and being able to use it as your own perception.

    • Dear Noah,

      I really love this article! U are a very strong writer and one thing I like about this article is that u put very much detail in it. Hope u write soon.

      Thank u,


    • Dear Noah,
      I agree with what you have to say on the topic about stereotypes and perception of people. A statement that really stood out to me was, ” I find myself comparing what I’ve now learned about their thoughts and feelings with what I previously had guessed or assumed they were thinking or feeling. Again, all too often I find I’ve made a now-contradicted assumption about someone without intending to. Personal communication and reading alike bridge the gaps among actions, thoughts, and feelings; for me, that’s what makes them rewarding and fascinating.” ; this made me think about my own memories of how I have done this before and then realized what was actually happening.

    • Dear Noah,
      I am satisfied with your view on perception in your post because most people see someone and guess who they are.Even before meeting them people have a certain view on someone.Either how they look or if they have a rumor about them.One thing that stands out for me is, “However, I will never fully understand any one person as long as I continue to constantly, unconsciously make perceptions of them based off only tangible information.” I think this is intelligent because you understand that you can not judge any one till you actually know who they are.


    • Dear Noah,

      I am interested in post because i feel like this is something a lot of people do. most people picture themselves as the main character but not as much of changing the story. One thing you said that stands out for me is “…I register that my thoughts have started to come unglued from what’s actually printed on the page sitting in front of me. ” because this is something I find myself doing well reading. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. some times i catch myself wondering what people are thinking and if they think about things like the universe. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I liked hearing about something i believe a lot of people do but never talk about.

      Kaylea Sullivan

    • Hello Noah,
      I found this post to be extremely intriguing. The insight that you provide on how you interpret reading is fascinating, you have a good sense of perception on reading as well as connecting the foundation of reading into your personal life. You said that “personal communication and reading alike bridge the gaps among actions, thoughts, and feelings” which I found to be a very accurate interpretation of the affect that literature can have on a person’s life. I found an article that provides good insight as to how a person’s perceptions can influence the behavior/understanding of other people as well as ourselves. http://www.presspublications.com/opinionscolumns/146-dare-to-live-without-limits/7930-perception-can-influence-you-in-many-ways

      Thank you for creating this post. I can’t wait to see what you write next, because the attention to detail you have in your writing is very astounding. I like how you emphasized your love for reading and how you came to understand more about the world, the perception of others, as well as the perception of yourself throughout reading literature. I hope you pursue your literary interests, as well as your impressive writing.

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