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Class Notes 4/23

Class Notes 4/23

Suggestions From Dani, Peer Review Comments, & Plans to Edit: Organize paragraphs so that they are grouped more together by the topic I had my second paragraph about natural systems and then another paragraph about it later in the paper; I could put these two paragraphs not necessarily “together” but at least group them so I am not repeating myself later in the paper Introduce all of my sources in the introduction so the reader has an idea of what…

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Reading The Dalai Lama 2

Reading The Dalai Lama 2

Value systems that the Dalai Lama sees as inadequate are advancing our scientific knowledge and technological power, as well as leaving what to do with this power should be left up to each individual. He writes how leaving out society while making ethical decisions about these matters would make it so that considerations for human welfare and ethics would be easily left out when regulating these scientific developments. He believes how it is crucial for us to critically think about what…

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Class Notes 4/18/18

Class Notes 4/18/18

The Dalai Lama is not talking about the sciences themselves, but more as the implications of what could happen E.g. the atomic bomb had a slight chance of cracking the planet in half but the scientists still chose to go ahead and test the bomb anyways The urgent problems that the Dalai Lama talks about are so complex that it is hard to predict the outcomes of what possibly could happen. In order to predict these things, they would require…

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Reading The Dalai Lama 1

Reading The Dalai Lama 1

“The most urgent problems” have to deal more with ethics than the genetics the Dalai Lama was originally writing about. These problems are explained by him as our relationship between knowledge and power, as well as our responsibility on the flip side. The more knowledge and power we have about something, the more morally responsible we become. Since we would have this knowledge, we should be able to know better about what is and is not morally and ethically wrong…

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Free Write

Free Write

What are the disadvantages of being in the “troubled middle”? When you are in the troubled middle, you are not necessarily making any change to yourself that could benefit/ change something that needs attention brought to it. For example, if it is true that we may run out of oil in a few decades and it is announced that people need to stop consuming certain products in order to milk the last bit of oil on Earth that we have…

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Notes on Polyface Farms

Notes on Polyface Farms

Do we really need chemicals, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals? Many industrial farmers use these things every day in their farming, but is there really a need for them? Polyface Farms could say otherwise. In  “The Animals: Practicing Complexity” Pollan writes about how on Polyface Farms, they do not need to use these chemicals and “additives”. It is argued that the reasoning for this is, contrary to industrial farming, when you use a biological process for raising animals the way that nature…

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