Monday, December 16, 2013

Issues with Instagram

I think people put far to much effort into depicting their lives through social media. So many people want their otherwise average existences to appear interesting and exciting, so they work hard to get perfect shots of vacations, pets, activities and themselves. And after all, what use is any of it? Nobody is going to see those pictures and say, hey, I want to be friends with that person. Nobody is going to look at your latest food picture and want to offer you a job or a meaningful life. No, it's useless, quite frankly. Instead of making somebody feel good about themselves, it causes them to over anylize their life, searching for meaning and worth in the form of material objects to show off.
There are many things wrong with looking forward to events just to post photos afterward. Instead of living in the moment and appreciating their life as it is, an individual just wants to rush in to get that perfect shot. Afterward, they will feel I satisfied and wonder why. If a person just wants to somehow show off to people, saying they have it better, then they actually won't, because they are spending their time attempting to show people rather then enjoying themselves.
I agree that people shouldn't post trophies or expensive things. I think people should use Instagram for posting artistic photos, of nature, things not normally seen, art. Not food or airlines or other ways of making others feel useless.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Opening moment.

http://www.keckobservatory.org/recent/entry/one_in_five_stars_has_earth_sized_planet_in_habitable_zone

Recent data has suggested that about twenty percent of stars in the Milky Way have a planet that 
is roughly earth sized and orbits in the habitable zone. This zone is the distance from the star where
 liquid water can exist, meaning that twenty percent of the stars in our galaxy could have life. This 
has enormous implications. One hundred billion stars exist in our galaxy, meaning twenty billion 
could potentially have life bearing planets. Despite that many more things are required for life to 
succeed on a planet as we know it, such as a magnetosphere, this still means that there could be 
billions of planets out there that are habitable. In terms of ourselves, this can spur future space 
Exploration, along with proving to people that life almost certainly exist off of our planet. 





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Curing death

The benefits of the breakthroughs necessary to promote longer lifespans are almost impossibly huge. To extend aging, it will be necessary to develop a way to stop or even reverse body degeneration. Being able to stop the natural aging of cells or certain body parts, or reverse said aging, would mean we could potentially cure any injury or degenerative disease. Learning to control aging would require a massively improved understanding of the inner workings of cells, and would result in drastically improved medicines for a plethora of diseases and injuries.


That being said, the question of whether or not this technology should be made available is a difficult one. An issue the author failed to address is overpopulation. With the population rising rapidly, and possibly having already overshot earths carrying capacity, do we truly need more people? Of course, the morality of this question is difficult, but necessary. We would not only lose jobs for young people, but space for them as well. I cannot offer an opinion, merely point out the necessity of considering this factor. The other issues, in regards to jobs and health care, appear to be ignoring several realities. Any increase in aging would result in an incredible increase of medicine and treatments, and would make them cheaper as well. Medicare would not rise drastically, as care itself would be cheaper with these new technologies, yet another factor the author failed to note. Also, millions of jobs could be created with this technology, as any other new discovery. Whole new industries could spring up, focused around these treatments and care for the elderly. While not perhaps filling the gap necessary for every young person, it would certainly help. 
All of this being said, I believe that the benefits outweight the costs. However, I do not believe this technology would truly be available to everyone, only the rich for some time. This would lead to a large class divide and a new sociological phenomenon that would have to be carefully watched.