Learning to Learn

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In this class, we are exploring learning through the lens of cognitive science, the social sciences, and literature. We will be blogging to deepen our own understanding of learning as well as that of our readers.

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Reply to: Assisted Suicide
5 années 4 jours ago

Assisted suicide is a topic that I am strongly opinionated on. I believe that if a person truly wishes to end their life, they should have the freedom to do so. This is especially true in cases similar to Susan’s, in which people have a terminal or debilitating medical condition that will cause them to suffer the rest of their life. To me, it is unethical that people with terminal illnesses are forced to go through an extended period of suffering before they die rather than doing so in peace. A person should have the freedom to decide for themselves whether their life is worth continuing.
My strong opinion is most likely because I grew up in a country that strongly values individual freedom and choice. In addition, I grew up in a secular family. Many religious people I’ve talked to believe that a higher power should decide when people are born and when they die. In other words, they believe in death by natural causes and see suicide as unnatural.
I really liked the example you used in your post because it is one that will spark a lot of controversy. On one hand, she is paralyzed from the neck down and will be able to do very little with her life without help. On the other hand, she doesn’t have a terminal illness and therefore may someday find meaning in her life. People will form different opinions over the issue depending on whether they value the continuation of life over personal freedom or vise versa.

5 années 4 jours ago

This subject is very complex because it is a question of where we should draw the line. Most people agree that the welfare of humans should be prioritized over the welfare of animals. This is the main argument in favor of animal testing. What is more debated is whether or not people should benefit at the expense of animals. In the particular case you discussed, I am absolutely against what the scientists did to the baby monkeys. To have such extensive abuse of animals with little to no benefit to humans is wrong. I am only in favor of conducting research on animals when the animals are simplistic, such as rats, and when the experiment will lead to significant scientific advances. Unfortunately, what defines animals as simplistic enough and advances to be significant enough to justify animal testing, is a matter of opinion that will be different for each person. There is not a dividing line between when it is ethical and when it is not.
My experiences have definitely shaped my opinion on this subject. I grew up with a love for science because both of my parents were engineers. Being around their work made me fascinated with all areas of science. At the same time, I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. Growing up with pets and Disney movies that personified animals most likely impacted this. Because I grew up with an appreciation for both science and animals, I am very divided on the whether or not it is ethical to use animals for scientific research.
I liked that you used a detailed example in your post; however the story and phrasing might lead the reader to a form a biased opinion. In the future, it might be helpful to include an additional story of when using non-human animals for research led to a great advancement in scientific and medical knowledge. This way, the reader gains a broader perspective of a complex matter.

5 années 4 jours ago

This is a very well written article that is backed up with a ton of statistics and theories of what could happen in the future. It is interesting to sit back and watch history potentially repeat itself like it did with the prohibition. I also liked how you started out with a nice background of all the guidelines and rules for marijuana and its legalization in Colorado. It gave the uneducated reader a solid foundation to follow along in your post even if they knew nothing about the topic. The only thing I wish you did was take other people’s points of view. You seemed to focus on only one guys stand point and while his ideas were very interesting and intelligent, another side or theory would be exciting to see. I know you were basing off of his study but an outside source could really put this over the top. Overall I thought you did a good job at organizing this article and really pulling apart everything you could from Mr. Flanagan’s study.

5 années 4 jours ago

This is a very well written article that is backed up with a ton of statistics and theories of what could happen in the future. It is interesting to sit back and watch history potentially repeat itself like it did with the prohibition. I also liked how you started out with a nice background of all the guidelines and rules for marijuana and its legalization in Colorado. It gave the uneducated reader a solid foundation to follow along in your post even if they knew nothing about the topic. The only thing I wish you did was take other people’s points of view. You seemed to focus on only one guys stand point and while his ideas were very interesting and intelligent, another side or theory would be exciting to see. I know you were basing off of his study but an outside source could really put this over the top. Overall I thought you did a good job at organizing this article and really pulling apart everything you could from Mr. Flanagan’s study.

Reply to: Assisted Suicide
5 années 4 jours ago

Assisted suicide is a very touchy topic but has to be looked at from multiple angles. When I was in 10th grade, one of my close friends committed suicide. He was upset over a recent break up and resorted to hanging himself at a nearby park. He was one of the most out-going and funny people you could ever meet. He won the superlative “Everybody’s best friend” in his senior year and rightfully so. Everyone loved him and coming from a school that graduates 180 people a year this impacted everyone. For about a week nobody went to class. The library, counseling office, and even friendly teachers were busy mourning with students about the loss. This is where I think suicide, assisted or not, is a selfish act. He didn’t think about all of us that were left behind. This was the easy way out. To answer your questions the only way I think assisted suicide should be allowed is if it is given a waiting period of atleast 6 months. I think this because if you look up a lot of people’s stories about surviving attempted suicide the majority of them say it was the greatest thing that has ever happened to them. They say they were living in the moment and regret ever even thinking about leaving their friends and family behind. This is why I believe a waiting period could possibly benefit the suicidal person to give them a chance to really think about this choice. I’m sure Daryl would never think about it again if he survived. Rest in peace my friend.

Reply to: Darrien Hunt
5 années 4 jours ago

I like how you decide to write about an issue like this because it’s becoming bigger and bigger in this country because of Ferguson. I agree with you that it’s still sad that people are still being judged on race. I like how you point out this issue of cops shooting people because of their race is becoming a common theme in this country. I really like how you ended your essay with a question it gets the readers thinking at the end of your essay, maybe you can add a question in the beginning of your essay next time too.

5 années 4 jours ago

I agree with you that it’s sad that poor child labor laws get unlooked in these countries. It’s terrible to see this kids in poor conditions for little pay to support their families. I liked how you used the example of Wael Mashrawi to show what really what kids go through when they work in these poor countries. This post made me think about if there are any corrupted child labor laws in America. If you want a way to improve our essay is you could maybe talk about if there are any ways that these countries are trying to improve child labor laws now their exposed through this article.

5 années 4 jours ago

I agree that there should be more of a focus on preventing crime rather than punishing those who have committed a crime. It is much more of an active approach to reduce crime by preventing it from happening in the first place. I also agree that a good way to prevent crime is to help those more prone to ending up in prison. The amount of prisoners and homeless people who are mentally ill is unacceptable. If we spent money to help them become healthy and functioning members of society, the return on investment would be substantial. People who are able to find work and a home contribute to tax dollars while people spending time in prison or on the streets cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year.
My education has definitely impacted my opinion on this topic. This semester, I have learned a lot about how factors like income, stability of environment, and support from others during childhood affect their financial and emotional well-being later in life. Additionally, I have learned a lot about how private prisons, which profit off of crime, are becoming a larger part of American society. Instead of being motivated to reduce crime, these prisons are motivated to increase their profits. Lastly, I have learned about the concept of investment. While spending money on preventing crime may cost us money at first, it will return more money in the long-run because we are spending less money on keeping prisoners in jail and benefiting from their taxes.
I liked that you mentioned a few of the strategies the author suggests to prevent crime. In the future, it might be helpful to elaborate on how these strategies would be more effective. For example, how would supporting single parents help to keep people out of prison?

5 années 4 jours ago

The morality of capital punishment is one of the most debated subjects in today's society. I tend to be very opinionated; however I am very divided when it comes to capital punishment. I think that in order for capital punishment to be acceptable, the crime committed has to be especially heinous, and the evidence against the individual has to be overwhelming. Because I believe that almost every individual has some good in them, I am generally against the use of capital punishment. I have learned that it is often the environment a person is raised in that most heavily impacts their likelihood to commit crimes. I like the idea of focusing on how to teach a criminal to become a functional member of society rather than focusing on punishment for something that already happened. However I also don't believe that they should be treated with too much sympathy. If someone committed a crime severe enough to make them a permanent threat, the focus should not be to rehabilitate them into society. Every individual has choices and they should be held responsible for their actions. Even so it seems to me that the death penalty is an easy way out, rather than making the person face life in prison.
My opinions on capital punishment have most likely been shaped by the area I grew up in. Because I live in a state that tends to be very liberal, the opinions of my peers have probably impacted my own opinion. If I grew up in Texas, my opinion might have become very different. In addition, my opinion has been impacted by my education. For example in my “Learning to Learn” class, we have learned about how a person’s race, parents, class, and surroundings when they are growing up all heavily impact their likelihood for success.
I liked how you used an example in your post to raise the question of whether capital punishment is ethical. In the future, you might want to try and present both sides of the argument to give the reader a better perspective of the issue.

5 années 5 jours ago

This is very unique, and it originates close to home for me. I come from Tillsonburg, ON, so London is just a little drive away. Considering this is a Catholic school, I do not think that the school is obligated to accommodate for other religious practices. I am sure that the Muslim students were aware that the school was openly Catholic when they enrolled. I think that it is very considerate and perceptive that the school opened up this prayer room for the Muslim believers, but in no way do I think this is a necessary practice. If the school was a public school, however, and without any denominational devotion, I would think an interfaith chapel, or rooms to accommodate other religious would be appropriate.
Addressing your first question, I do not think that the Catholic environment and educational experience would disappear if the Muslim faith is intermingling. By showing Catholics other faiths it may challenge their beliefs and help them view their religion through different eyes; in this way, it may help to strengthen their understanding of their own faith. I am interested to know how the environment of the school is responding to this change, or if they simply are blending together in harmony.

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