Thursday, August 27, 2009

Are all human beings equally important?

Today 1/2 of the class is in Science Lab while 1/2 the class is in discussion of Mountains Beyond Mountains:

Are all human beings equally important? Can we value usefulness to society?

Do some people matter more than others?

Activity - Creative Visualization re: much loved family member.
How does love connect with who we value?
Should you attempt to see all lives as equally important?

Discussion: How do your views compare/align with the viewpoints below:
Farmer's belief: "the idea that some lies matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world."(p.295)
Freud's belief: "not all men are worthy of love".Civilization and Its Discontents

Science Lab:
Based on yesterday's experiment with infectious disease and today's readings, we ask the questions:
How much can infectious diseases potentially cost society?
How might people reduce the transmission of infectious diseases found in animals into the human population?
How can medical and public health professionals prevent the development and spread of resistant pathogens?
During the lab write up focus on conclusions about your research and the assigned readings. Data in chart or graph form must be included.

History Documents Discussion:
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, 1789
What do you owe to the State? What does the State owe to you? Do all people have the same inalienable rights?

Monroe Doctrine
- 1823
European powers should stay out of the Americas. This paved the way for the United States to colonize Haiti. How is this relevant to Haiti?
Claim also made that we would not interfere with other nations in Latin America.

Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, 1904
This added a policing element: How could other countries interfere with American rights? Economic imperialism.

"The US Cannot Accept that the Haitian President it Ousted Still has Support." UK Guardian article (2006)

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