You provide a good analysis and valid opinion on assisted suicide, but I think there are more factors of it that need to be addressed. The first is medical expenses. Even when an illness is terminal, there are some people who can live comfortably for part of the remainder of their lives, and I feel that expenses to their family would…[Read more]
The study in the article you linked is pretty troubling and interesting. With a sample size of over 500,000 people in Sweden, the fact that bottom-fifth-income adolescent were seven times as likely to commit crimes is a really powerful, well backed-up number. Even if when adjusting for other factors such as genetics, this ratio…[Read more]
“Brave New World” is definitely an eerie and unnerving read today, especially with how it “predicted” some of our technology and habits of using it. While I don’t think the world is headed toward a situation that severe anytime soon, our use of technology will likely have to change or else it will create some nasty negative effects.…[Read more]
You make some good points, and I think that technology use truly is made helpful or harmful by the manner in which people use it. The issue we have with technology is a lack of awareness of our own lack of self-discipline; people don’t know when they’re starting to negatively impact their lives or choose to willfully ignore it. As…[Read more]
While planned obsolescence is something I knew about before, I never even thought about its environmental impacts until now. One thing that comes to mind for me is just shortages of raw materials; metals like tellurium and neodymium aren’t too expensive now, but are being used exponentially more and more and could become ridiculously e…[Read more]
As CRISPR/CAS9 is just starting to see use in humans, this issue is more relevant than it’s ever been before. While the ethical issues of creating the “superhumans” and “design babies” are very real and important, CRISPR is the real deal: it could eliminate almost every major genetic disorder from the children being born into families…[Read more]
This is a really deep issue that extends to more than law and science. Ethically, we don’t really seem to have an answer about whose fault it would be if an autonomous vehicle caused an accident. Furthermore, there may be situations where the vehicle has to either hit one thing or another and must be programmed to decide on one, while a…[Read more]
While I’m also very hopeful that renewable, clean energy becomes the norm sooner rather than later, realistically I also know that there are basic reasons why it’s growing at a relatively slow rate. The main expense of renewable energy is the up-front infrastructure investment. Wind turbines need to be manufactured, transported, and…[Read more]
The air quality in those Utah cities is alarmingly bad, I’m surprised that this issue isn’t something receiving widespread media coverage. Air quality is obviously most important for basic human health, but continued poor air quality could also damage the cities’ economies, especially since winter time is a major commercial seaso…[Read more]
I started writing my research paper with a basic structure and small number of sources in mind, but ended it with a completely different structure and over twice as many sources as my first draft. This is the most
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
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]
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
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?
This is an amazing post and I think this issue is incredibly important in our society today. I completely agree with you that we are the reason technology has progressed so far, and it is on us to figure out how to control the addiction to it. I actually recently read an article about how psychologists are trying to get warning labels put on smartphones, due to the serious addiction people, and specifically teenagers, have to it. I think you would find it interesting: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-warning-label_us_56152dc6e4b0cf9984d7c43a
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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