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  • Reply to: Darrien Hunt   7 years 1 month ago

    As classically ethical as it may sound, every human deserves an equal chance at liberty and free from prejudice. You point out both sides of the ethical dilemma, which is if the man got shot because he was African-American or if the police officers would have shot anyone in this situation. This case-study brings us to a widely mediated phenomenon which is racial profiling: law agents arresting or stopping an individual in a seemingly random fashion based on stereotypes. Of course, it is persecutory for any individual to be stopped in the street for being African-American, or as the law enforcement officers claim “suspicious”. According to an article by Alexis C. Madrigal, the Ferguson Police Department recorded an alarming 4,632 street stops and 562 searches for African-Americans, while Caucasians have 686 stops and a petty 47 searches. There is an evident disparity and it shines a bad light on police departments since they clearly oppress a whole population group. There is a prevalent problem, and racism is underlining it. The data from the article unfortunately shows that Darrien Hunt, the victim in your case study, have a statistically significant chance of having been shot due to racism.

    Here is a link to Alexis C. Madrigal’s article:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/how-much-racial-pr...

  • Reply to: Educational Anxiety   7 years 1 month ago

    Your post points out an important element of anxiety: when it strikes, it affects everything. Anxiety often exists simultaneously with other disturbances such as insomnia, trouble concentrating, and so on. As you mentioned, there are different solutions to cope with anxiety and the list goes on. It is important to point out that everybody deals with anxiety and stress in different ways. Lucy Dwyer in “When Anxiety Hits at School” elaborates on testimonies of students who suffered from anxiety attack while attempting to perform at school. She argues that anxiety can be due to technology, as it pressures students to do things quicker as “there is a lot to learn” all the time. It explains how the current generation in school and colleges have to perform since they are asked to live up to so many expectations. It sure does not help any of us relieve stress. Moreover, some unfortunate cases about young students having suicidal thoughts due to stress and anxiety is alarming. The article only emphasizes how anxiety should be addressed to the general public as something common, but treatable. You have a great list of coping techniques, and hopefully students will find their stress relieved because of it!

    Here is the link to Lucy Dwyer’s article: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/when-anxiety-hits-at-s...

  • Reply to: Is Capital Punishment ethical ?   7 years 1 month ago

    In my opinion, the death penalty is unethical because it brings unnecessary suffering on the offender. Moreover, it has not been proven that the death penalty deters crime rate. This means that it will create more pain than pleasure for society or the offender. According to many researchers, the death penalty does not in fact deter murder, which means that happiness in society is not really increased. Moreover, apparently society has to pay higher taxes for executing a death penalty .There was “a recent study of California death penalty costs” that revealed “that state taxpayers have spent billions of dollars to execute 13 inmates since capital punishment was reinstated in 1978” (Hance et al. 1).In addition, the study claimed that “a death penalty prosecution costs up to 20 times as much as a life-without-parole case” (Hance et al. 1).

    Hance, Bryan S., et al. "Death of the Death Penalty? an Examination of California's Capital Punishment System." Journal of Legal Issues and Cases in Business 2 (2013): 1-10. ProQuest. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

    Link: http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/131456.pdf

  • Reply to: Sleep vs. College   7 years 1 month ago

    Personally, I find your topic to be very interesting. For one thing, I noticed an increase in my academic performance when I was able to schedule myself to get at least 8 hours a slept per day. These 8 hours of slept helped me save the energy and concentration I needed to study .Moreover, this allowed me to study for test and finish my term papers in advance. The University Health Center website explains the consequences of sleep loss. For example, it states that lack of sleep can lower a student’s immune system, decrease a student’s academic performance, and increase stress levels. Moreover, the website claims that students who sleep at least 7-8 hours have a higher GPA than those who get 6 or fewer. Finally, I suggest you go check the website because there are more interesting facts that will help you support your point of view.

    Link: https://www.uhs.uga.edu/sleep/

  • Reply to: Should Criminals Have the Right to Vote?   7 years 2 months ago

    First of all, I find your post is very interesting and well written. You seem to hold an act utilitarian’s principle of utility, because you believe in the act that will bring the most happiness for those who are involved (the criminals and society). I recommend you go check the website to better understand the theory of act utilitarianism.
    Link: http://caae.phil.cmu.edu/cavalier/80130/part2/sect9.html

  • Reply to: Legalization of Assisted Suicide   7 years 3 months ago

    I found the topic you chose to write about very interesting because this issue has been around for many years. I found your arguments helped prove your point that its immoral for the government to refuse a person‘s will regarding his/her body since every person has the right to autonomy. Moreover, I agree that we should respect a person’s autonomy and let them do as they wish with their bodies. I was able to find a very interesting article that shows that “Oregon physicians have a more favorable attitude toward legalized physician-assisted suicide” (Lee).This article shows that even physicians agree that a person has the right to autonomy and whether or not that person wants to die is up to him or her. Therefore, this article will help you add another argument to your essay.
    Lee, Melinda A., et al. "Legalizing assisted suicide—views of physicians in Oregon." New England Journal of Medicine 334.5 (1996): 310-315.
    www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199602013340507

  • Reply to: Capital Punishment: Sometimes or Never?   7 years 3 months ago

    After reading your essay, I noticed that it’s well written and your arguments are well described. I found that you were able to find good arguments to prove your point that capital punishment is unethical. However, I will argue that capital punishment is ethical. By killing a criminal, who committed murder, it sends a message to society that killing isn’t tolerated. In countries, where capital punishment is allowed, crime rates are considerably lower than countries that forbid it. Why should criminals be allowed to live in prison, where they are feed and taken care of? .I found an interesting article that shows that many people are in approval of the death penalty. In the article, you will find statistics that prove the majority of Americans were in approval of the death penalty.
    http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1143970?uid=2&uid=4&sid=2110483760...

  • Reply to: Effect of Media on Teen Girls Today   7 years 3 months ago

    In my opinion, your essay is well written and your arguments make sense .I agree with you that girls are socially pressured by the media. However, I find that your essay is lacking a clear ethical principle. Moreover, you should state whether or not you think it’s moral for the media to socially pressure girls. I found an interesting article that shows the effect the media has on girls. This article will give you information that will help you answer the question: Is it moral for the media to socially pressure girls?
    Gordon, Maya K. "MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS TO AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRLS'FOCUS ON BEAUTY AND APPEARANCE: EXPLORING THE CONSEQUENCES OF SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION." Psychology of Women Quarterly 32.3 (2008): 245-256.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00433.x/abst...

  • Reply to: Effect of Media on Teen Girls Today   7 years 3 months ago

    In my opinion, your essay is well written and your arguments make sense .I agree with you that girls are socially pressured by the media. However, I find that your essay is lacking a clear ethical principle. Moreover, you should state whether or not you think it’s moral for the media to socially pressure girls. I found an interesting article that shows the effect the media has on girls. This article will give you information that will help you answer the question: Is it moral for the media to socially pressure girls?
    Gordon, Maya K. "MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS TO AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRLS'FOCUS ON BEAUTY AND APPEARANCE: EXPLORING THE CONSEQUENCES OF SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION." Psychology of Women Quarterly 32.3 (2008): 245-256.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00433.x/abst...

  • Reply to: Effect of Media on Teen Girls Today   7 years 3 months ago

    In my opinion, your essay is well written and your arguments make sense .I agree with you that girls are socially pressured by the media. However, I find that your essay is lacking a clear ethical principle. Moreover, you should state whether or not you think it’s moral for the media to socially pressure girls. I found an interesting article that shows the effect the media has on girls. This article will give you information that will help you answer the question: Is it moral for the media to socially pressure girls?
    Gordon, Maya K. "MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS TO AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRLS'FOCUS ON BEAUTY AND APPEARANCE: EXPLORING THE CONSEQUENCES OF SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION." Psychology of Women Quarterly 32.3 (2008): 245-256.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00433.x/abst...