Friday, June 9, 2017
After watching the movie Hanna and having a class debate on the issue of genetic engineering, I have formulated a stronger opinion on the issue. I think genetic engineering is something that can be very helpful for our society. As mentioned in class, genetic engineering has the potential to create stronger humans both physically and mentally. The only problem with this presumption is that because many humans seek a plethora of wealth and power, it would most certainly be abused. If used properly and responsibly, genetic engineering could be societies best thing since sliced bread. Another plus about genetic engineering is its potential to rid certain diseases from society. I think it would be too far in the future to predict the eradication of cancer, but genetic engineering would sure speed up the process. Humans could have their genes engineered to reject different diseases and infections such as cancer, producing a stronger and better human. Now when it comes to the ethics of this issue, I am unsure how ethical this actually is. Choosing the traits of humans is getting real close to playing God and I just feel that things like so are not really meant to be done. But at some point you have to take the pros over the cons and see the potential that something like engineering has in it.
Our class novel Sophie's World has finally come to a climactic end. In the books final chapter respectively titled "The Big Bang" brings the book whole purpose to a whole. We finally see the true connection between Sophie's World and Hilde. As Albert Knag and Hilde discuss the creation of the universe with the Big Bang, we see how the two are related. Although she cannot be seen, Sophie decides to hit Hilde right in the with a wrench. In Hildes reality she feels a little bit of pain an an odd feeling due to the wrench hit. As she jokes with her father about how it was actually Sophie as she can interact with their world, we now know that this is a fact of truth. After all of my theorizing of the connection between the two worlds, we learn how in some sort of way the worlds are one. Although in the end Hilde is also just part of our book, in their reality the reality of fiction has some truth to it. Albert explains that Sophie's existence in their world is not unlikely due to the fact that the Big Bang created everything. In the end, I enjoyed Sophie's World and did not have too many problems with it. The topics did range from many different philosophers which was sometimes hard to keep track of, but the knowledge from these chapters was unfathomable.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Last week in class we watched the Ricky Gervais movie justly named "The Invention of Lying". This fantasy romantic comedy film is about a world in which the human race has not yet developed the ability to lie. Therefore, everyone tells the truth to one another which can sometimes have scorching results. The pretty people marry the pretty people because they are just too honest to feel attracted to someone who is not in their level of their modern "caste system". In the end, our protagonist Mark marries Jennifer Garner's Anna , the woman of his dreams and all seems to end happily ever after. However, when reflecting on the movie, I find a reality in which there is not such a thing as lying to be nothing like the movie. Now don't get me wrong, I loved this movie as it had many of my favorite actors and comedians like Louie C.K., Rob Lowe, and a brief but funny cameo by Eric Andre. But a world without lying would be much worse than one with. Right off the bat, people who are not devilishly handsome would most likely be heavily mistreated by others resulting in increased self harm. Lying prevents peoples true thoughts coming out because sometimes honesty may NOT be the best policy.
In the Sophie's World chapter titled "Darwin", we continue to see the odd occurrences in the life of Sophie be played off as normal. At the beginning of the chapter we see the protagonist Sophie have a quick interaction with Noah from the story of Noah in the Bible. The story of Noah of course is that God flooded the Earth and Noah built an ark and saved two of every animal. The ironic effect of this interaction being in the story is that this chapter is about Darwin and his different scientific theories and discoveries. Many people who believe in Creationism do also believe in the story of Noah so the placement of Noah in this chapter is here to be a reminder of the other side. Further into the chapter Alberto teaches Sophie about Darwin's belief in different theories such as the survival of the fittest. The animals that we see today are the ones whose species best adapted to the different changes in their environment. The animals who are extinct are the ones who were not fit enough to retain their position in the chain of living. Much like the theory of survival of the fittest, there is a similar thing going on in the book, or at least I feel so. There is a contradiction between the realness of Hilde's world and Sophie's world. I think that in the end of the book the truth will all pour out and we shall see whos world is actually best fit to be the real world.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Recently in class we discussed the pros, cons, and differences between both Marxism and Capitalism. While both are conflicting ideologies for instituting the economic process in a country, there are things that I agree and disagree with in both ways of thought. In Capitalism, the message that with enough work one can ascend into a higher class due to newly made wealth is something that I think is great about Capitalism. While some may view this as a con due to the fact that science points towards this being a pretty much false belief, it still motivates people to strive for greatness which I think is a positive benefit to society. Something that I do agree with Marxism is the process of economic equality. While I do not agree with the violent process of revolt that Karl Marx proposes to even the tables, the fact that he is attempting to make class something less powerful is agreeable. While Capitalism is instituted in America, we see it's affect every day. The consumer has a choice of what to buy, what not to buy, and when to buy. This economic freedom grants a sense of much more independence than a Marxist economy. And while the system has proven to fail multiple times, the freedom it provides can't be matched by a violent uproar.
In a recent chapter titled "Kierkegaard", we as readers are taken on quite the journey. In the entry to the books already large plethora of notable occurrences, a new character is introduced. However, this new character is one that is not completely new, she is recognizable in pop culture. Alice from the story Alice in Wonderland appears at Sophie's door. Strange enough already, Alice continues this streak by handing Sophie two potions: one red and one blue. After Sophie experiments with both drinks we are told what both are meant to represent. The bottle that makes everything seem as one is a representative of idealism. The other bottle which makes everything seem to be its own being is the showing of individualism. I found this incident to be very significant because it showed Sophie some of the different ways people looked, and some still do, at the world. As Alberto explains there is not a view that is better than the other, as both are right in a way. The importance however is on the total meaning of this part. After recently discovering what "Sophie's World" actually is, both ways could be used to interpret the reality of what is happening. The individualism view makes Sophie's World a world of it's own whereas the view of idealism means they are just in a book apart of the whole world as itself. How her world is to truly be perceived? I do not have that right answer.
Friday, May 5, 2017
This past day in class we had our favorite activity, intense debate. Today in class our topic of discussion was Kant's view of lying. With the standard agree, disagree, undecided format there was a clear consensus. The majority of people disagreed with Kant's view which is pretty much that lying in any situation is bad. I was in the same situation with the majority of the class and chose to disagree as well. The way I looked at this statement was with a very personal view. I thought back on times in my life when I lied and how lying was the more attractive option rather than telling the truth. For some more specific examples, there are little white lies which I have told to avoid unnecessary conflict. For example, my mom has asked me how a dress has looked on her before and I have responded good. Whether I actually thought that or not is irrelevant, I just wanted to avoid any conflict that didn't need to happen. In more extreme situations, I have lied about something I have said in order to save myself. In situations where I may have opened my mouth more than I should have and if I stand behind those words, I could get hurt. So I lie to save my skin which may be viewed as cowardly, but I also think it is the brighter choice. I understand why lying can be bad but lying has just become a part of human nature. Therefore, since lying can't be stopped there is no reason why it has to be completely bad.