Posts in May 2017

  1. Should Music Be a Mandatory Part of Education? (by Emilio Modeste)

    [ By on May 22, 2017 ]

    For years, people have fought to grow school budgets to put music programs in public schools. And the main opponent is, in fact, the limited resources that the education system has to cultivate music programs in schools.However, from this blockade arises a very real question: why is music a necessary part of a children’s education? If legislation is going to pass to put more music in schools, then there needs to be proof that it is an integral part of a child’s development. An article published for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that students under music education are better at processing sound in their brains, while those who are not have less developed capabilities. Though the ...

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  2. Using Psychedelics to Expand Human Consciousness (by Emilio Modeste)

    [ By on May 16, 2017 ]

    According to a scientific experiment on the effects of psychedelics from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it was concluded that the brain limits the consciousness of the individual, and with the use of psychedelics, this consciousness is expanded and the brain submits to the effects that follow. This manifests itself through experiences of synesthesia, a dream-like state, and feeling unfamiliar senses. A goal of many people is to discover a higher purpose in life, or to discover what role they play society, but also in the universe. Many philosophers who task themselves with developing a heightened level of self-awareness, like author Sam Harris, often experiment with psychedelics like LSD or MDMA. The question that arises from this is: ...

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  3. Should Doctors be the Judges of Our Well Being? (by Marnie Foster)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    The Doctrine of Informed Consent was a law passed in order to give patients more autonomy over their body and treatment. It requires doctors to inform patients of risks of a recommended procedure before the patient decides whether or not to allow the doctor to carry out the procedure. While the doctors are considered experts of their “medical well being,” the patient is best suited to make decisions for the “overall well being” which is why it is the patient that has the final say. While this is the case in some branches of our healthcare system, the prescription drug system is designed to promote a patient’s health, but not necessarily their well being. Therefore, this system contradicts this justification ...

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  4. Harvesting Organs of “John Doe” Patients (by Catie Goodell)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    In Grey’s Anatomy, there are many episodes where an accident occurs and their identification has been lost, so they are titled a “John Doe.” In many cases, the John Doe either dies due to the accident or has been left brain dead, and the physician would like to harvest their organs for patients who have an identity and maybe some personal connection. Grey’s Anatomy, I will admit, as a TV Drama series, adds a personal connection and large backstory that makes the audience and the physician advocate for taking the organs of the John Doe. Although it is written in the law that organ transplants can only take place with consent from the patient or family, many people advocate for ...

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  5. Savior Siblings (by Catie Goodell)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    Molly Nash was born in 1994 with a genetic disorder called Fanconi anemia, a disease that causes problems with her bone marrow and leukemia later on. There was a 25 percent chance that the parents could have a child the same disorder, so her parents abstained from having another child until they heard of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a process that allows parents to pre-screen their embryos for any genetic anomalies. In the case of the Nash family, they screened the genetic makeup of each embryo for the presence of Fanconi anemia and if the tissue would match Molly’s, so she could have a transplant. Immediately after Adam was born, they used the tissue from his umbilical cord to use ...

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  6. Nuclear Weapons and Warfare: The Ethical Dilemma with Manufacturing Weapons for our Safety and the End of Another’s Life (by Catie Goodell)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    For my tenth grade term paper, I researched the reasons that lead the United States to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Some of the reasons I came upon were that Japan was being too harsh to their prisoners of war and that American lives were greatly affected by the attack on Pearl Harbor. I think that it has to do with the idea of suffering that we discussed at many points throughout this unit. In the animal rights unit, we looked at the development of nervous systems and the development of consciousness of animals, in comparison to humans, to interpret if they totally understood what was happening to them or if they were feeling any pain. We ...

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  7. Artificial Intelligence (by Jack Rosenthal)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    Alot has changed in the past few decades. New technology and advancements have not only elevated our global society, but it has also improved it in ways we could not have imagined. One of these advancements we have made is artificial intelligence, or AI. We see this technology in our day to day lives like when we use personal assistants such as Apple's “Siri,” Amazon’s “Alexa,” and Samsung’s “Cortana.” The point is, is that AI serves millions of people around the day, every second. We use this intelligence to improve our lives as well as lives of others. From in our pockets to the cars we drive, AI is everywhere. But should there be a limit? Have we flown to ...

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  8. How much can we regulate countries and large corporations and the effect they are having on the global environment? (by Alex Pistolesi)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    It is no question that, overall, humans have a negative impact on the environment and that climate change is real. A large reason for this is that the economy and process of making money is often prioritized over protecting the environment and the planet that we live in. This process goes both ways as global warming also has a negative effect on the economy. The emission of greenhouse gases has been increasing for decade and the reliance on fossil fuels is doing nothing to ameliorate the situation. Oil and gas drilling has become another process that humans have started to depend on that is destroying our planet at a worrisome rate. Saudi Arabia alone is producing ten and ...

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  9. Fast Food Nation (by Jack Rosenthal)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    As an American, I think it's natural to wonder what people from other countries think about us as a nation. It’s fascinating, and almost funny to get a different perspective from someone so distant from you. I want to explore a national stereotype that us as americans have not only accepted as a part of our society, but one that we have become oblivious to. This is the national crisis of obesity and fast food in the United States. So what makes america so huge? Is it lack of exercise? Sitting at the office to long? No money in the bank? Recent studies have shown that although those all have to do with living a healthy lifestyle, our problem in ...

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  10. Is pursuit of space exploration an efficient use of time? (by Caleb Jeanniton)

    [ By on May 15, 2017 ]

    Due to technological advancements, space exploration is more feasible than ever before. With ambitious new companies like SpaceX attempting to minimize the gap between modest exploration to human life on other planets, the future of space travel seems promising. However, as Janet D. Stemwedel explains in her article “Would it be Ethical to Colonize Mars”, we may want to take a moment to reflect on the potential impacts space exploration could have on our species, planet, and solar system. There is a significant amount of the population that believes that taxpayer’s money should be routed towards more earthly endeavors such as education, the economy, and other areas in need. Articles to Consider: Forbes: Would it be Ethical to Colonize Mars? CNN Light ...

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