• Nice job Ben. I agree with your statement that people will buy brand name products regardless of the price. Hierarchical diffusion has been a long time method of spreading products and what not. So if ‘cool’ people wear certain brands, resulting in that brand being ‘cool’, then if ‘uncool’ people wear it, is that brand still ‘cool’?

  • Hi Jessica, I enjoyed reading about your topic. I have always felt that dogs are somehow connected to us humans. I am interested to know if this applies with other house pets, like cats.

  • When a child is separated from its mother at birth, the result is what’s called the primal wound. The primal wound refers to the trauma experienced by the child upon losing its mother. Every single adoptee

    • This is very powerful. The effects of adoption on children are not spoken about very often in society today. I think that this research topic is bringing to light the trauma that is associated with loosing one’s mother. This is a great topic and good luck on your research!!

    • Wow you have really changed my view on adoption, I am baffled. Adoption can be a serious thing, and people do not realize the effects it has not only on the adoptee but both families.

    • I truly can’t imagine the mental consequences and struggles that come along with adoption, and I don’t think anyone can truly understand unless they are in that place, o its very interesting to read the research they’ve found on it. I’m curious to learn more!

    • Hi sarah,
      I found this very intriguing. I was adopted and I don’t think I can say I have ever felt a loss of myself or debated whether my birth mother or mother was my real mother. I believe that the woman who raised me is my real mother. You said, “When the child loses its mother, it also loses its sense of self. The child grows up feeling empty, life a part of itself is missing. Well, a part of the child is missing… its mother.” I found this to be a very bold statement. I feel like this is more of an opinion than a fact. I’m not exactly sure how to respond to this but I don’t think that it is possible to “lose a sense of yourself” and “feel empty” when you are adopted into a loving family. I personally can say I would rather be adopted into a loving family with a loving mother rather than stay with someone who can’t take care of me. Then again, maybe it depends on the child and the life they were brought into. I think there is more of a curious feeling that the child develops rather than a feeling of grief. great topic.

    • Hi Sarah,
      I see why it is so hard for orphaned children, they experience the trauma from the loss of their mother. I like how you said that a child and their mother have a special bond, I see how it can be hard not to have a mother you really wouldn‘t connect with anyone like you would your mother. The child can grow up empty that‘s why they need a mother figure maybe in other family members. I believe if they are adopted at an early age they could find that figure and they could recover. I like your article it really makes you think.

    • I am wowed by your post, “The Inevitable Consequences of Adoption on the Adoptee’s Unconscious Psyche,” because it is extremely interesting. I have always wondered about this subject myself.

    • Dear Sara,
      I am confused your article because I have an adopted sister and she isn’t any of the things you listed. She is loving and trusting and if she really had been traumatized by her family in Russia then she wouldn’t go back every year to visit them…

    • This is a very powerful perspective on adoption that better explains similar stances on adoption that are often don’t go into much detail so thank you for opening our eyes to the difficulties of daily life often experienced by adoptees. Thank you for putting your time into researching this topic and showing the true parts of life.

      From,
      Chloe & Holden

  • I thought it was interesting how Washington has some of the richest and the poorest people in America. It just shows how skewed the distribution of wealth is in this country.

  • Sarah commented on the post, Aztecs 2 years, 5 months ago

    I thought it was interesting that the Spanish conquistadors managed to wipe out such a huge civilization.

  • Research shows that being separated from their birth mother has an enormous effect on the child’s unconscious psyche. Even if the child is immediately placed within a loving family, there is still trauma from t

    • I think this is an interesting post. I for one didn’t know any of the issues that are associated with adoption, and what the long term affects are. I think more people should be aware of this so they can talk to adoptees and address their issues. Thanks for writing this Sarah good job! I look forwarding to reading more as you continue to research.

  • I really liked reading about your personal familial experiences. It shows me how there is nothing like family and how the experiences you have with each other live with you forever.

  • Sarah commented on the post, Seashell 2 years, 8 months ago

    I thought this was a really interesting poem. I liked the connections you made between the life in the ocean to yourself. Good Job!

  • I enjoyed reading about this topic, it was very informational and you did a good job at explaining everything. It upsets me how women are still getting paid less then men. We need to work to close the gender wage gap because this should not be a problem anymore.

  • It was very interesting reading about this topic. I know that abortion has always been a very controversial subject. I think that abortion should be legal and an option for women. People who don’t believe in it don’t have to use it and won’t be forced to. But at least it’s there to be used.

  • There are many pros that support animal testing. For example, animal testing has contributed to numerous life-saving cures and treatments. The California Biomedical Research Association states that almost every

    • After reading your post, my group and I have to say that we agree with your con side on animal testing. You pointed out some great reasons as to why animal testing is not right. Especially when you explained that animals are being hurt when their tested on. “Tiny mice grow tumors as large as their own bodies,kittens are purposely blinded…After enduring these terrifying, painful procedures, animals are then usually dumped back into a cage without any painkillers“ (1.) While this is very important, we wanted to to help express why animal testing is cruel and inhuman. “According to the Humane Society International, Animals that are used in experiments are often subjected to cruel treatments including, force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, and prolonged periods of physical resistance”(2.) Animal testing is abusive and hurts animals.The poor animals are suffering when being tested on. This is not right. Animals can feel pain, because animals can’t protect themselves i’m doing it for them. Likely, when researching we found that animals testing is pricey. “ The government spends as much as $14.5 billion per year on animal experimentation” (3.) Each type of testing is expensive. “$9.6 million to inject LSD into the brains of rabbits to determine whether the drug caused an increase in eye blinks and head-bobbing; $7.6 million to investigate whether psychedelic drugs cause the heads of mice to twitch; $1.5 million to determine whether meth is toxic to mice brains; $1.1 million to see if meth-addicted monkeys would choose food over the drug; and a $709,981 study to determine if lonely rats are more likely to become addicted to drugs.”(4.) It is logical to say that there are multiple ways we could put that money into instead of spending so much of it on animal testing. This could be a solution to others problems we have. After All, other testing methods are cheaper, for example vitro testing is cheaper to use than animals. “vitro methods are amenable to “high throughput” automation using robotics—all at a much lower cost than animal tests”(5.)Thus, we can put the money we save from animal testing into the worlds problems. Since there are so many big problems in the world, why not make a problem smaller by putting some of the money we would save into the problem? While we are talking about treatments for those who are sick, why not help pay families medical bills? Not only did we find this but, treatments that work on animals don’t always work on humans. “The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that medical treatments developed in animals rarely translated to humans”(6.) In fact, according to former National Cancer Institute Director Dr. Richard Klausner, they have found the cure to cancer on mice but when they put the treatment on humans it didn’t work (7.) Why would we spend lots of money one something that isn’t going to work? It’s a waste of money, time, and it kills and hurts so many lives. Those in favor of animal testing might say that testing on animals is helping people and is the only way to find out if treatments work or not, but this is can easily be opposed. “ Almost every type of human and animal cell can be grown in the laboratory. Scientists have even managed to coax cells to grow 3D structures, such as miniature human organs”(8.) Seeing that there are nicer ways to test out treatments we should use them, than we won’t be killing so many poor lives. Hence, that claim is weak because there are non aggressive ways to test out treatments. In all, animals suffer from animal testing, its expensive, and it’s not accurate for humans. Thus, it is easy and valid to say that animals should not be tested on.

    • To begin with, animal testing should go on because animal testing has contributed to numerous life-saving cures and treatments. Without animal testing, major medical treatments may not have been found. In fact, The California Biomedical Research Association claims that, “almost every medical breakthrough that has occured in the past 100 years has been a result of animals” (1). Some of these medical breakthroughs include, “lifesaving leukemia treatments, antibiotics and anesthetics…transplant surgery…transplant surgery” (2). If we don’t want animal testing then why are we always fighting that doctors and researchers don’t do their work with finding a treatment for an illness? The animals are the ones who help find the cure for illnesses and if people don’t want to use animals for testing it’s going to take a lot of more time to find a cure without animal testing than with.

      Additionally, animals share almost the same amount of DNA with humans. As a matter of fact, “humans share 98.8 percent of their DNA with bonobos and chimpanzees¨ (3). Not only do bonobos and chimpanzees share a big amount of DNA with humans but so do mice and they “share nearly 90 percent of human DNA¨ (4). Animals sharing DNA is a big topic on animal testing, but animals do share a lot of DNA with humans and this is important because since they share a lot of DNA the animal testing treatment can be the cure for humans as well because they share 90% and more DNA with humans. This concluding that animal testing is appropriate because they share a big amount of DNA with humans.

      Furthermore, animals make good test subjects because of their short life cycle. In fact, since animals don’t live as long as a human would, “they can be studied throughout their whole life span or across several generations” (5). In fact, rats are the most used test subjects in labs for research and as a matter of fact “Laboratory mice, for example, live for only two to three years” (6). This meaning that researchers using mice for testing in labs can use the mice for their entire lifespan making them an appropriate test subject since they don’t live as long as humans. Animal testing should be used because if you really think about it what would we use instead of animals? Plants? Rocks? Even worse, humans? Animals are the best fit because they have been used for many research projects already and have cured many illnesses in the past 100 years.

      Many may argue, that animals die because of all the chemicals the researches are putting in them. In fact, animal research for animal health has resulted in “many life-saving and life-extending treatments for cats, dogs, farm animals, wildlife and endangered species” (7). So not only does animal testing benefit humans for cures but they also benefit the animals being tested on and other animals that need the cure, without animal research we would have never gotten the treatments for “organ transplants, vaccines for rabies, distemper, parvo virus, infectious hepatitis, anthrax” (8). As you can see, animal research does help cure humans for treatments but the animals also benefit themselves from being tested on because the evidence is stating that animal research has also benefited other animals that needed the cure to live.

      In conclusion, animal testing should be used because animal testing has cured many treatments in the last 100 years, because they share a big amount of data, and because of their short life span.

  • This is really well done. I think it’s important to address the problems in society, and what better way to do it than through poetry. It reminds me of the song, where is the love.

  • I thought this was a really interesting article. It’s interesting how the behavior of disliking silence stems from an unconscious, learned, childhood behavior. I don’t think people quite realize just how much their childhood and upbringing affects their subconscious and therefore, their response to certain things. This kind of reminds me of how…[Read more]

  • First, it is important to address the possible causes of insomnia. These range from medical to psychiatric conditions. Common medical causes include physical pain and or sleep disorders. Some psychiatric

    • Dear, Sarah
      When you wrote “An important step in overcoming insomnia is establishing new sleep habits and a better bedtime routine.” I was curious, is there a certain age or point in a person’s life where they are more than likely to suffer from insomnia?

    • I think this was a very relevant topic to discuss, especially for our age group in light of the fact that most of us stay up late. This post was written really well, and I wonder if alternative techniques are better at treating insomnia than sleeping pills.

    • Thank you for point out this question. Insomnia is really a question for everybody in different time during our lives. You also mentioned physical pain and or sleep disorders may coursed insomnia. And also thank you for the advises you given for overcoming insomnia.

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