Prof. G. Steinberg
Below are several student paragraphs from past semesters that illustrate problems of unity and/or development.
Winn talks about the difficulty family members have in expressing love for one another due to television. I believe we do need less time spent in front of the television and more time discussing real-life situations, but love can be felt even if not much time is given to talking.
I do agree that too much television does hurt young children. If they don't get out of the house, other than school, then they don't learn to socialize in a nonschool environment. Another effect is that when watching television many children eat snacks. If that continues for a long time and the child doesn't get enough exercise he will become fat. Later in life he will have health problems from being overweight. Exercise is very important for a young child.
Many factors may contribute to the spiraling rate of adolescent suicide. One obvious one is the post-World War II baby boom. There are simply more young people in America than ever before. This creates more competition than ever before for things such as grades, jobs, and attention. During this time of increased pressure, teenagers are getting less support from home. Roughly half of all first marriages end in divorce. This means that many children today grow up in one-parent households. Parents in these types of situations are unable to spend much time with their children in many cases, and many teenagers are turning to things such as drugs and alcohol to fill the void. Drugs and alcohol don't actually cause suicide, but they make an already depressed person even more depressed and perhaps vulnerable to suicide.
There are also similarities between anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Both anoxerics and bulimics lack self-esteem, have a distorted image of their body, and have an obsessive concern with food. Both are likely to have been brought up in a middle class family, where mothers are too much involved in their daughter's life and fathers are preoccupied with work outside the home. Both are good children, wanting to achieve in order to gain the love and approval of their friends and families. However, there are significant differences between anorexics and bulimics.
Anorexics are usually younger, less socially competent, and a lot more isolated from and dependent upon the family than bulimics....
The main question to be answered is if animals are morally equivalent to humans. The main issue here is if the animal is aware of pain. Denny and others against animal research believe that a similarity we have in common is that we can all suffer, and being in cages constitutes suffering. Those against animal research have evidence that actions such as amputation, isolation, starvation, and castration are being performed during animal experiments. Scientists use analgesics to relieve pain, but when pain experiments are performed analgesics cannot be used, because it would hide the purpose of the experiment. Two tests, which inflict pain, are discussed in Treichel's article -- the Draize test and the LD-50 test. The Draize test is used by cosmetic and chemical companies and is given to rabbits. These rabbits are given droplets of substances in their eyes to see if the chemical has any eye irritants before the product is put on the market. Another test is the LD-50 test....
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