Technology has changed our behaviors: cell phones, internet, reading and thinking skills. Books like 1984 and Brave New World would warn us that this is Big Brother control. Is it, or is it just a new tomorrow? How can we tell whether we are being manipulated or merely given ways to better our lives?
The world changes in a lifetime, which can seem to some like the blink of an eye. Life for my grandparents was much different than the challenges my parents faced. Today is much different than what the next generations will find. How do you survive the changes in career, lifestyle, social norms, and other challenges in a world which moves so quickly?
Many people today are talking about the growing gap between the rich and poor. However, today’s poor (in the United States, at least) are much better off than most people (not just the poor) were a century ago. Does it matter that there’s an increasing gap between the rich and the poor if the standard of living for the poor keeps going up?
We are babies. Humans have only been around for about 300,000-500,000 years. In fact, the oldest known evidence of a “modern” human fossil was found at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and was dated about 300,000 years. If we are babies in the world as we know ourselves today, “modern man”, could we still be evolving from those of the past? Will robotics change us as we know ourselves today? What does it mean to be human? Can you redefine humans of tomorrow?
What is the difference between people who do not yet exist (future generations) and people we do not know? Can we harm the non-existent? Example: If we eat a lot of tuna now, there may not be enough tuna restocked by nature for others who follow us. So does our current hunger justify using up all the tuna? Or if others would like tuna, or will be hungry, is it our human responsibility to save some of the tuna for them? Do we owe first to those who we do not know or those with us?
Since the 1960’s we have been reaching out to space with the thought of living on another planet. First Man, the academy nominated film, looked at what it took to get to the moon. The awarded film The Martian offered a vicarious chance to step on Mars. Today, NASA plans to put man on Mars by around 2030. How old will YOU be when man takes the first step on Mars?
Should we continue to use our resources in traveling space with the possibility of living and using resources on other planets or should we use that money for maintaining this one?
Using some of the techniques learned in reading They Say, I Say, students selected will pick a topic at the beginning of the week (Monday). The students will then present their critical thinking on these topics the following class period (50pts.). The balance of the students will listen to these presentations without rebuttal. Again, using the techniques from They Say, I Say, they will offer a written journal response of 1-2 paragraphs placed in the appropriate class area on the website http://www.djadamson.com as a comment to the verbal journal given in class (10 pts). Note: written responses will not be accepted late.