Hi Xavier. I really liked reading you post. I like seeing other peoples views on topics, including about America. As we know from the media, America is in a troubling time with its own people. Different views on ideas are causing issues and anger on how people want to express themselves (religion, sexual preference, etc.) How do you think we can…[Read more]
Hi Victor. I think this was a racist and inappropriate remark from the teacher too. Speaking in any language is protected under the first Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” Anyone has the right to express themselves in anyway. How severe should her…[Read more]
Has technology decreased our ability to critically think and analyze? Are we becoming lazier each time we use technology? From an article by UCLA, Patricia Greenfield, a professor of psychology at UCLA, says,
Have you ever been so stressed out that you become frustrated on whatever you are trying to do and cannot concentrate on it? Or you feel anxious when you are ever in public? I, too, have experienced situations
I thought it was interesting how many benefits come from meditation. In my fit for life class, we have practiced mindfulness which is a form of meditation. I, too, have seen and felt the benefits. After I have practiced being mindful, I felt like it helped me be more productive. Like in this article by Brainwave, https://www.brainwave-research-institute.com/increase-your-productivity-and-efficiency-with-meditation.html, I noticed that I could tune out distractions easier to get more done. Have you ever meditated before a test and how did it go? Looking forward to hearing back from you.
Hi Walter. Air pollution is a big problem in the world. I also live in Salt Lake City. The winter time we have inversions (pollution) that covers the entire valley. This makes it even colder here. But we also have pollution in the summer too. When there is a wildfire, the smoke travels here, and this makes the air polluted too. What do you think…[Read more]
Hi Reilly. I notice that the environment in general is not an American priority. We tend to focus on business instead of nature. From this article by PewResearch, it says it still a top priority, but there are many factors that are more important, like terrorism and the economy. This article also has other data that shows American views on the…[Read more]
I notice that every time I talk to someone, I just want to look down at my feet. I always try to look at them in the eye, but my eyes begin to feel uncomfortable and I look away. And I have heard many other people
Hi Matthew. Internet safety is one of many problems we face today. It can be so easy for someone to steal your identity, bully, and steal from you. Everyone needs to be safe when using the internet. Be careful where you give out your debit card number, personal information, etc. There are also people out there that want to go after people for…[Read more]
Hi, Issa. I think this a great topic to research because we do not hear about this in the media and many of us don’t realize what is going on in Yemen. Because Yemen is a small country, we never think about the problems the country has, and never think about what the people there go through everyday. I found this article that talks about the…[Read more]
Hi Grace. This is an engaging topic to discuss at this period of time. I, too, think this is sad how society says how successful you is only based on popularity, money, and expensive property. I think the American Dream should be that you can do whatever you want to do, and you are happy about your situation. I am aware that racism still exist,…[Read more]
Hi, Walter. I am very interested in this topic because I am very interested in the environment. I, too, have seen what it’s like to be a very bad polluted city. Being Salt Lake, we have inversion in the winter because of the pollution tents trapped between two mountain ranges. But we also get air pollution in the summer too from the wildfires.…[Read more]
Rachel, I think about this question all the time. I have never experienced anything with the paranormal, but I watch tv shows about peoples experiences. Also my aunt has weird experinces and she says its from the supernatural. How often do you experince paranormal activity alot? I found this website by a paranormal investigator. This article talks…[Read more]
Shane, I too think about this sort of idea. I do think there other life forms at there, not necessarly what the media has predicted. Do you have any ideas that you think they look like, walk, eat, etc? I found this article from NASA. about the search for alien life. The author, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, says human atoms are 95% made of three basic…[Read more]
I always wondered what the Earth would look like if humans suddenly stopped existing. This thought has always intrigued me. As I sat looking out my window at the valley I live in, I wonder what would it look like
This is a very interesting question, you really made me think about it. TV and other media sources have not explicitly answered this question, but they have given their ideas to the subject with post-apocalyptic, humans living in space instead of Earth, and many other scenarios. I hope that it doesn’t come to a point where humans have to flee Earth to survive, but rather we fix our mistakes and help heal the Earth. Our choices don’t only affect us, they affect the Earth, the animals, and the plants. If humans did disappear, I agree that animals would inhabit cities and plants would take over the buildings, slowly the Earth would start to heal itself. Maybe the ocean and sky would become clearer, the air more pure. Stars would shine unhindered by smog down upon the Earth and the ice caps would slow their melting. This is only my idea of what could happen and I loved how much your piece made me think.
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 science as something that can or should be used for practical knowledge, for solving the world’s problems. But what’s the point of learning about the natural world if you don’t use it to answer big questions? I think the “earth after humans” questions is an example of what would otherwise be a philosophical question becoming scientific as humans learn to understand their world more, which is weird to think about.
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