Being human we all have opinions based on our life choices and this leads to differing opinions.We all fight about our differing opinions based on our own experiences which cultivate the difference.This realization makes the understanding that most arguments are based purely on emotion and that’s why most people get very one-sided and angry fighting for there opinion.Because their argument is solely based on emotion it’s more easier to poke holes in their side.Yet there are always those kinds of people who can’t even recognize the other side they just solely believe their opinion must be right and anything against this is wrong.Those kinds of people are really nerve-racking because they don’t believe anything from the other side and are blinded by there own mindset which is terrifying because they can’t realize the other side.For some of the debates during class(especially the abortion) had a lot of emotion and the argument is hard to realize the other side because of its such an emotional topic.These debates where very formal and we were prepared for the other side to attack and poke holes in the argument and be prepared to cover them up or prove them wrong.But the normal day to day arguments we aren’t that prepared for a certain argument that could pop up thus we aren’t prepared so our arguments are based only on emotion or faulty evidence.Personally, i try not to start arguments that I know I’m not going to win or I don’t know enough information but ive always been understanding of the other side of an argument, I’m not a close-minded person more along the lines of open.Other than adult constructing arguments based on emotion they use there past as ways to win the argument just based on living.This unit did change some of the ways I perceive argument such as being prepared and to think on your feet.
The article I choose was very interesting about a debate that’s coming to the mainstream about gene editing.Counter agreeing on with the article that gene editing should be used ( with safety precautions obviously).A tool called CRISPR which is basically a scalpel that can take certain genes and insert desired genes into the strand.There are many genetic diseases that have plagued humanity for centuries such as sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, type 1 diabetes, cystic fibrosis, mitochondrial diseases, polycystic kidney disease, Tay-Sachs disease and Canavan disease. But because they are genetic diseases and are passed down from parents to offspring, The offspring cant just magically stop it.Gene editing could be used to take out the strand and can even be placed with more desirable traits. This could be used to stop inherited diseases and even cure them.This can be used for endangering or extinct animals an example is engineers the west coasts chestnut trees to resist the chestnut blight that devastates the species nearly killing them.Inherited diseases only grow but if we could use the CRISPR we could put a stop to inherited disease. This tool could even cure disease, wouldn’t it be great to have generations of the human race not plagued with disease.CRISPR could be used on extinct animals and endangered species to bring them back. Because when one species become endangered or extinct it throws off the whole food chain and can really mess up everything.But CRISPR could be used to fix the endangered to bring back the food chain to its fullest and where it would have the most stability.One issue that is major throughout around the world is it’s ethically right and when the line is crossed.Altering genes in sperm, eggs or embryos can spread those changes to future generations is called germline engineering.Germline engineering is considered a taboo and a line that shouldn’t be crossed. This is looked down upon by society because removing certain disease or traits “is playing god”. This disagreement in society is another effect of generations after the “experimented one” didn’t agree on having changed DNA. Another effect that could happen down the road is a blip or a mutation could occur messing up the genetics all together for generations.Humans are known to be greedy so this technology could be used to select traits of intellect, athleticism or even appearance, basically design your own baby.CRISPR could change the human race for the better.
Franklin wanted to become a better person so he came up with this list of virtues and abided by them and change himself for the better.The work that we read listed his virtues and which ones he struggles with.So my group got rid of chastity because we are only high schoolers and it really doesn’t apply to us in franklins sense only other than loyalty, in a relationship and that’s not really what Franklin was trying to convey. The virtues we came up with was empathy, adaptation, and socialization. Empathy is trying to understand someone’s position or place and respecting it or even understanding it.Adaptation is being open to change and willing to let it happen.Socialization is defined as not being absorbed in social media and being present in the moment by communicating and socialize with others not just using your phone as are to ignore people.With our new virtues, we had to begin our own experiment by trying to live by these virtues.Cleanliness was the easiest because it basically taking care of your own body and that is not hard (unless you’re a middle schooler).Empathy wasn’t hard because caring and having respect for other people is just my personality.I could imagine frugality being way harder if we were in college and more independent and living on our own, but because we aren’t it’s not that hard other than just watching what we are buying.Sincerity was another of the ones that had no dot next to it because it’s not right if you’re trying to really hurt someone.Temperance had a couple of dots next to it because when I haven’t eaten all day and I eat way more to fill myself so I basically overcompensate for not eating earlier on which isn’t the healthiest thing.Moderation was easy because I’m just not going to physically hurt someone for my gain.Justice is not hurting someone for anything or anyone and that’s not that hard.Silence had to be one of the hardest because with my friends I just tend to have very “creative” conversations that are super childish.Humility was an interesting one because being modest inst hard it just accepting it was weird.Socialization was a super hard one for me because being introverted makes it a challenge. Order was one of the hardest because becoming stressed out leads to becoming unorganized and it turns into a whole cycle.The hardest one that had all the dots was industry because whenever I thought I was being productive another assignment would happen which would lead me to procrastinate a lot.This project was interesting because I got to physically see my habits and what I could change.