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The Caveman Principle is a theory or concept first thought of by Michio Kaku. This theory states that we homo sapiens still think, act and desire like our caveman ancestors. The theory uses interesting examples throughout the article, even though I disagree with many of these theories. Many of them still have a valid point and are very interesting to think about. But I do disagree with much of it and I find incomparable.

 

What is the caveman principle, and how does Michio Kaku draw parallel to it in today’s modern world? The caveman principle, using an example, is why people always wanted material evidence of something. Such as why caveman always wanted proof of the kill, rather than stories of grandeur or the one that got away. And this is true at the time, people in very hard times would rather hear that you caught food for the table, instead of hearing that you missed the chance for a meal. But nowadays most of the time that’s just not the case.

 

Because if we think the same way that our ancient ancestor did then we would probably have similar values. For instance, clothing would be a sign of status. Someone who has a nice suit in modern society would be assumed he would be of a higher status. Whereas in comparison to someone with ragged ripped genes and a tattered shirt would be of a lower class. It would be the exact same back then according to the article. whoever has the nicest pelt tunic or loincloth would probably have higher status than someone wearing a just a leaf. You will see a similar answer with stories of the kill or of the one that got away.

 

But in modern day society, it’s uncommon to see people with such dire consequences and stories such as that, tend to be exciting and entertaining. Modern movies, for example, people nowadays rally to see the next big and exciting movie. And people would enjoy tales back then too, for the same reason that modern day people love movies. Whereas back then even tales of grandeur back then were valued for their entertainment purpose. And a lot of the time they didn’t really care about how the story ended, they only cared about if the story was exciting. And if it allowed them to detach from life for a while.

 

Michio Kaku’s article was very interesting, but I disagree with it. Because people are usually in a very comfortable position when it comes to stuff like food, and what they need is detach from their life. And if people think the same way they did then stories would be very valuable. Entertainment can be more valuable to people then proof, and how people can react to new movies is an example. With how people look at status will also lend credence my point.

 

 

As in the beginning is a poem about a  man that has lost part/all of his hand in an accident. The poem is read from the perspective of a son or daughter of the man who lost his hand, and the effects of that incident. The poem also describes circumstance about the situation, like how he was compensated with money based on how much of his hand was amputated. And there is a lot of underline reading. Also an understanding of the psychological points of the poem.

 

The poem makes use of a lot of simile and personification, for instance, “the rest of his stay on earth like an empty stool at a beggars banquet”. This means that he no longer fills the same place he use too. An example of personification would be “my pen must keep scratching its head across the page of another night”. Putting emphasis on what the pen is doing instead of how it’s being used, also using a word like scratched with an inanimate object like a pen. There are multiple examples like this throughout the poem, but the title is much more literal.

 

“As in the beginning”, the poem’s title is referencing the author’s personal feelings. about the time before her father lost her hand, in an accident. Using examples like “give me my father’s hands young again and holding the hands of my mother”, it’s fairly obvious that the author’s is referencing that time. Also But also reading under the lines you’ll see that there are references to the physiological effects that her and her father losing his hand.

 

There are many symbols and references to what happened to her father and how losing his hand affected his life. “Give me my father’s hands without a number tattooed at the wrist”. This suggests that her father may have been a holocaust survivor, and at those camps is where he might have lost his hand. An example, in addition, would be “give me my father’s hands, without the copper sweat of clinging change”, this could be referencing right after her father lost his hand. Either referencing blood or actual money which was compensation for his hand.

 

The poem draws on many psychological factors such as trauma and how it can not only affect the individual but also how it affects the people around them. The poem’s use of symbols, personification and simile are creative and very deep in meaning. And the title’s relationship with the poem is very heavy with its reference. How the writer projects their emotions was confusing, though the point was made clear. A very enjoyable poem to break-down and figure out with many knots to tie and connect.

 

Beatitude are statements or lessons by jesus christ, they were layouts of how to lead a christian life. These statement, are counter-cultural to mainstream society, or human instinct. But because of these statements, the human race is forever and undeniably for closely linked to Jesus and God. But how are these countercultural, what even is counter-cultural, and what do these statements have to do with being christian? How these statements affect our lives as christian, and why we should listen and take heed of these lessons.

 

What are the beatitudes, and how come these simple eight statements define the ideal of a christian so much? The beatitudes are eight statements that that jesus christ said to his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount in about 30 AD. The beatitudes are as followed Link:. These lessons were very innovative and unique during the roman catholic era. And these lessons are very countercultural then, and even now.

 

Something that is counter cultural is a thing that goes against the rest of mainstream society, or what’s usual to the human race. The beatitudes were counter cultural because the they taught you to live your lives for others, God and Jesus Christ, generally the human race. Whereas as contrary to this, the human condition is to take care of oneself, and one’s next generation. Would an average person go out of their way to improve or save a stranger’s life, probably not. But a beatitude would tell us to go against your instincts to take care of yourself, and use your being to take care of others. And these are ideals that encourage the idea of what it means to be christian.

 

The idea of a true christian seems to be misinterpreted, and most people would find that christian lifes are restricted. In the way that you can’t have fun, you can’t wear sleeveless shirts, or a skirt above the knees. This just isn’t true, it’s not about regulations and restrictions, it’s about how you live your life.The beatitudes are layouts or inspiration on what you can do to improve your life and others. Being a christian is about what you can do for others and by extension improve your life.

 

The beatitudes are counter-cultural because they go against the human condition. But they are very good head start for finding what it means to you to be christian. Jesus taught us these lessons for a reason. And we choose how to follow them, is our choice. These are great lessons on what it means to be christian.

Friendship is one of the most important aspects of an individual’s life. It is makes everyone’s life easier having friend around, to help each other out. There are many important qualities of friendship, that make it a stable and healthy relationship. These qualities are what help keep a friendship long-lasting and true. These are some of the most important qualities of a friendship, and some of many ways to keep a friendship healthy and long-lasting.

 

Trust is one of, if not the most important trait in a friendship, without it there simply wouldn’t be a positive relationship. Because a friend is someone, by definition you have a bond with, I don’t believe there can be bond with someone without trust. And commonly coming into contact with someone you don’t trust, doesn’t sound that healthy. And having an unhealthy friendship is something people don’t need. And when you have someone you know you can trust it makes life a lot less stressful. And to know someone smart and knowledgeable to know how to keep trust in a friendship is also quite nice.

 

On that note, having a friend that is smart is very enjoyable. When you have a friend that possesses these qualities, it tend to bring you new perspective’s. Because two people that are coming into contact regularly, tend to expand their view, sharing each others perspectives.   Having a strong second voice if you’re having difficulty with a problem, situation, etc. all in all having a friend that is smart is quite nice, they always seem to challenge you and push you harder. And they always seem to be able to make you laugh.

 

Having funny friends is also great. Having someone who can make you laugh, is a very good thing. Because the health benefits of having friends is reason enough alone to cherish funny friends. Examples of the physical health benefits of having someone who can make you laugh, are that it boosts immunity, relaxes muscles and event prevents heart disease. Laughter is also good for your mental health, it lowers adrenaline and cortisol thus decreasing stress, and eases anxiety and tension.

 

All in all having a friends with these qualities is something I look for and cherish. And is something all people should value. Someone that is loyal is a trait that can be hard to find, and is very valuable. Always hold people with these qualities with high esteem, never take them for granted. Above all try to imitate these characteristics, and share them with other people.

What is empathy? Are you born with it or does it develop as you age?

Empathy is a person’s ability to “read” (for lack of a better word) another person’s feelings, by understanding your own feelings, through many ways such as observation, verbally, physically and even aurally. Empathy can also be categorized as a form of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is how an individual can recognize their own feeling and that of people around them and deem what emotion they or another is feeling appropriately. People have also used emotional intelligence to help them adapt to the certain situations they are in, in other words they can control their emotions.

 

How is empathy different from sympathy?

Sympathy, is feeling pity or compassion towards someone, for instance someone got a bad mark on a test and you feel bad for them. While empathy you try to visualize yourself getting that mark, and imagine how that would make you feel. Or maybe if you reminisce about if you ever had a bad mark.

 

How is the development of the brain linked to the development of empathy?

As you develop and mature, parts of your brain also become more developed. This is evident by a child’s huge strides in maturity during and after growth spurts. This is because parts of a child’s brain becoming physically larger leading to greater cognitive ability in certain sections of the brain.

 

How are the brains of males and females different?

Male brains are composed with eight times more grey matter, and female brains are formulated with ten times more white matter. The difference means that females tend to be better multitaskers, organizers and caretakers. While males are better at single-tasking, are less distracted. Loners vs pack mentality, you could say. You may think that women having ten time the grey matter vs a man eight times makes women smarter. But that just isn’t the case, because grey matter is a denser material, plus men’s anatomy tends to be much larger than a womens. And a study was done and it showed that men’s academic scores were slightly higher. Though the difference was so small that it could be passed on as a fluke.

 

Can empathy be learned?

I wouldn’t say empathy can be learned, I would say more like inherited. Because I’ve never seen somebody learn empathy, i’ve seen people learn what empathy is (like how crystal explained empathy to us). But using me as an example, I just have empathy, and it developed naturally as I got older. But I never would describe that as learning because there was no active process.

 

What is “neuroplasticity”?

Neuroplasticity Is an individual’s ability to learn and pass-on knowledge throughout their life. Or a more scientific term would be the difference in neural pathways and in the synapses through the course of  a person’s life. Like how a child learns that 2+2=4 or how a high-school student have added on to that knowledge, are now able to figure out that 25×24=600. Or how a teacher taught that Kid that 2+2=4. Alzheimer’s disease is a person’s neural pathways and synapses have broken down to such a degree that their neuroplasticity has eroded away. Or in simpler terms, their ability to learn, remember and pass on knowledge, has become crippled.

Creating a shared human experience, would be easier to create if people talked to people more.People tend to talk to certain people and ignore certain people, based on the biases of others. In my experience, people tend to create these biases at a very young age, rooted by people like parents, guardians and etc. but because of this certain groups of tend to be short sighted to other groups point of view. Because of this these people have been cut off from a shared human experience. But you can see that people that have a more open-minded observations of other people (generally) are able to get along with more than specific groups of people. These people tend to have more empathy, because they share or at least understand other people’s viewpoints. And if there are more people that can open up to the infinite number viewpoints you could create a shared human experience. But the only way I can think of to do that is for people to talk to other people.

 

(Though thinking about it these groups I have been talking about could be considered small shared human experiences).

I feel as though if everyone could tell what others are feeling more accurately, with no confusion, all the time it would be a very monotonous (or at least build up to that point). not to say I don’t care how people feel, and that if we were able help other people far more effectively, but i’m competitive by nature. And their would be no mystery, no challenge to help some one, you would lack the feeling of self-fulfillment after you have helped someone. to people everyone could understand other people. I believe their still would be conflict, because just because someone understands another doesn’t mean they have the same beliefs or standing, or they understand why someone is feeling this way. And everyday you walk down the street you look around, hes sad because he didn’t do well on a test, or he feels insecure about something. This would me at least become very dull to peoples emotions. just because of how much i’m exposed to it all the time.But if you were to get short glimpses into a persons life, that would be a more interesting. Because it would help you find out who could use some support, and also it would a very enlightening experience. finding out why people do what they do and how it affects other people. But I don’t know if I could physically handle the concept ,”see inside others’ hearts”. because I don’t think I should be responsible for knowing everyone hearts, because if i did have that ability, gift or curse, it would be overwhelming to see everything that troubles and gives people hope.

 

  1. How would you describe the differences between a driver and a passenger during the high school years?

Whether you just try to get by with ok grades and you don’t really know anybody. Instead of trying out for the sports teams (basketball, volleyball, football, etc), getting involved with student council.

 

  1. When have you been proud of being a driver of your life? Give examples of positive risks you’ve take to get involved?

When I was brand new to this school and I joined most of the sports like volleyball, basketball and badminton.

 

  1. What have you learned about being a driver or passenger in your own life?

That you don’t do yourself any favours. I use to be a complete introvert and loner and because of this I was isolated. But after this phase and coming to this school I started talking to people and what I could only describe as a passive information exchange (gossip, discussion, etc)

 

  1. Who is someone you admire that models being a driver not a passenger?

Conor Mcgregor, because he was a person that people said wasn’t going to amount to much. And look at him now the first two time weight class champion every the second best pound for pound fighter in the world and makes record in all aspects of the UFC examples (best attendance, fastest championship knockout, highest revenue of the year).

 

  1. How can you be a driver of your life more often during high school?

Join student council, be more involved in my community.

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