BP 9 Revised

Stanford and South Carolina head to semifinals with two of the greatest, strongest women coaching. Tara VanDerveer, Stanford women’s basketball coach, coached the 1996 olympic women’s basketball team who won gold. Dawn Staley, South Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, has won three gold olympic medals herself and has just recently been named the 2020 women’s basketball coach for the Tokyo summer olympics. These two incredible, professional, and successful women face off tonight to compete for a spot in the final round of the women’s division one march madness basketball bracket. Since the Title IX was enacted, gender equality law, more than 90% of women were head coaches. Today, we see no more than 40% of women coaching. This article goes on to talk about the inequality between the coaching of a male and female. Within these past few years men have become for interested in coaching women’s basketball just for the salary. With this inequality between women coaching a women’s team and men coaching a women’s team is unjust.

As this article talks a little about the gender wage gap, I believe social virtue plays a role in this article. As a basketball fan and previous player, the amount of money brought in by men’s basketball games versus women’s basketball is a huge difference. But when it comes to the coaches, men or women, they put in the same amount of time and effort into their job. Another thing that I thought inflicted in this article was the definitions of happiness, According to Aristotle, wealth, honor/fame, and pleasure do not account for a human’s happiness. That goes for a basketball coach or any kind of coach. Or even for an profession for that matter. Women basketball coaches are happy because they are doing what they love. Not because they get the fame and honor the men’s basketball coaches get. Not saying those coaches who are praised are unhappy, they are just more well known and fall under the three keys to “hapiness.” Each and every coach has the wisdom and knowledge to coach. To have wisdom is a key factor of being in a state of happiness. Being a coach they have to have certain values and morals because they are coaching a group of people who look up to them and admire the work they do.

 

BP #10

The study of neuroscience progresses each and every day as much as the study of cancer. The leading question of this article found, is that is neuroscience rediscovering the soul? This article goes on about matter versus mind and how that has officially not proven any phenomenon. They also describe material versus immaterial. Describing the immaterial life as of means of getting in the way of science because immaterial is literally something irrelevant and unimportant. As they wrap up this article the conclusion ties everything together. Having a longer lived life is the goal. It’s a quest to find how to be immortal. With immortality being far from finding research on, we come into this world and leave it as a better place.
As a neuroscience major this article caught my eye right away. This article focuses more on the intent of a more soulful approach and using the soul as our neurocognitive essence and as describe it as our neurotransmitters as ourselves. Our neurotransmitters transmit electrical impulses down the axon of a brain cell through the synapse and then to its target. With the help of  many different chemicals to support and complete the nerve impulse. This article believes scientists will find the immortality ‘cure.’ As a means to immortality, it is apart of life to die. What is life without death? Do we still age, and with age do we still have the many risks with health that come with age? What would happen? It claims age is something that can be stopped, in their words, “hacked”. The integrity of accepting death is hard, but how hard is it to understand the integrity of being immortal? With this article posing many questions, the integrity of a human is solely based on their own traits and beliefs. The way they want to live is how they will live.  

 

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BP #9 Revised

Stanford and South Carolina head to semifinals with two of the greatest, strongest women coaching. Tara VanDerveer, Stanford women’s basketball coach, coached the 1996 olympic women’s basketball team who won gold. Dawn Staley, South Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, has won three gold olympic medals herself and has just recently been named the 2020 women’s basketball coach for the Tokyo summer olympics. These two incredible, professional, and successful women face off tonight to compete for a spot in the final round of the women’s division one march madness basketball bracket. Since the Title IX was enacted, gender equality law, more than 90% of women were head coaches. Today, we see no more than 40% of women coaching. This article goes on to talk about the inequality between the coaching of a male and female. Within these past few years men have become for interested in coaching women’s basketball just for the salary. With this inequality between women coaching a women’s team and men coaching a women’s team is unjust.

As this article talks a little about the gender wage gap, I believe social virtue plays a role in this article. As a basketball fan and previous player, the amount of money brought in by men’s basketball games versus women’s basketball is a huge difference. But when it comes to the coaches, men or women, they put in the same amount of time and effort into their job. Another thing that I thought inflicted in this article was the definitions of happiness, According to Aristotle, wealth, honor/fame, and pleasure do not account for a human’s happiness. That goes for a basketball coach or any kind of coach. Or even for an profession for that matter. Women basketball coaches are happy because they are doing what they love. Not because they get the fame and honor the men’s basketball coaches get. Not saying those coaches who are praised are unhappy, they are just more well known and fall under the three keys to “hapiness.” Each and every coach has the wisdom and knowledge to coach. To have wisdom is a key factor of being in a state of happiness. Being a coach they have to have certain values and morals because they are coaching a group of people who look up to them and admire the work they do.

 

BP #8

A new vaccine has been found for the disease rotavirus. This virus kills about 215,000 children under the age of five, every year in the following countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of Congo. This virus is said to be extremely cheap and easy access to these children. It also lasts months without refrigeration making it a good resource for villages who do not have electricity. But because these countries live in such poverty and children do not have daily access to foods with the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals, they say this vaccine may be less effective and decreasing the amount of protective bacteria of the gut. Since many medical personnel have started giving out these vaccines, they have seen many children get discharged from the pediatric unit and less and less sick patients.

 

With finding new, affordable, reliable, and accessible vaccines always come with regulations. The World Health Organization must approve of it before it is released as well as other FDA regulations. Also what comes with very popular vaccines is money. In this article it talks about keeping the price of these vaccines at a lower cost so the people who live in and under the lower class can have access and then raise the price as they go up each class of individuals in order to keep a profit going. My concern is how will all these children get access to these vaccinations if they actually cost something. In third world countries, these ill kids can’t afford a carrot or an apple a day let alone a vaccine. Although, with these vaccines they would live a happier, healthier life. I just want to see, one day, vaccines help these third world countries decrease illness and increase life length. Living a healthy life in a community with no herd immunity is very dangerous and must be destroyed before any of these people can get better.    

BP #7

To cut off Planned Parenthood would reduce access to birth control for many women under the Medicaid insurance policy. The congressional Budget Office claims this would result in thousands of additional births. Since Texas has cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, Medicaid pregnancies have increased by 27 percent. This article claims Planned Parenthood is not only about abortions. Abortions make up a small percentage while birth control and STD screening are more commonly used. All while defunding Planned Parenthood, it would cost us American’s millions of dollars. If PP were to be completely defunded, Medicaid spending would go up as much as $130 million dollars within the next ten years. Losing money is just as important as losing these patients because Medicaid women do not have access to an affordable health facility. Since Texas has defunded every PP, not even 25 percent of those patients have gone to the clinic they were transferred to because it is too expensive. We do not want these women to fall of the radar.

 

Defunding Planned Parenthood will throw a lot of Medicaid people out on the streets with no health plan, no access to any affordable health related materials, and just no health care at all. When these Medicaid patients come in to Planned Parenthood, they are more than likely not getting abortions (according to this article and many many more references). They go in to get birth control or STD screenings or even just the annual Pap smear. And if that pap smear comes back abnormal they go back in to make sure it is not a certain type of cancer. For these Medicaid patients, they would not go the lengths of these processes if it were any other facility. Planned Parenthood offers much more to the poverty of this country. So are these republican’s doing this because they really think this is a good thing and it is just of them to defund such a popular health facility for people who cannot afford the health clinic that doesn’t take Medicaid. These patients believe this is unjust and so unfair. All in all, I believe this comes down to the health of people. If people cannot afford health care, someone or something is failing the system. Everyone should be provided affordable health care no matter what kind of people they are or what kind of insurance they have.

 

BP 5

This week I found an article about Mr. Edward Hoagland, an 84-year-old writer that has lost his vision. As a writer and wrote about nature and travel. How does one still write about the things he sees or where he is at how to describe it in his writing? He has become extremely sad. He is unable to do simple daily tasks such as finding food on his plate, not missing the toilet, and knowing whom he is talking to. These kinds of things happen to people as we age. Maybe we first have cataracts or a glaucoma, or anything that can lead to blindness, but we just don’t think of it as a pleasure because we really don’t think that something like that would happen to yourself.

In this weeks discussion we talked about pleasures and how we determine if they are good or bad pleasures. According the Mill, animalistic pleasures are that of sensuous, bodily, and feel-good pleasures. Attitudinal pleasures are kinds of pleasures that are constituate of human well-being such as pleasures of the mind, pleasures of the soul, and flourishing pleasures. I found this article about vision loss because losing vision is not good. It depresses the person of many things. Vision is needed on a day-to-day basis. Vision is a pleasure some of us do not realize how extraordinary it really is. We don’t know what it would be like a day without vision let alone a lifetime. Doing the simplest tasks becomes so difficult and frustrating. I, myself do not have twenty-twenty vision and all I complain about is how annoying taking my contacts in and out are. Vision is a pleasure of human well-being. Being blind can set you back life in life, but with help it won’t destroy who you really are.