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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR REFLECTION PAPERS

For reflection papers on JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES, VISAYAN FORUM TALK, MANILA ZOO TRIP, and other activities that are optional:

1. Equivalent to a 1-page paper, with fonts that are reader-friendly, and single-spaced.

2. Ist half is on the nature of the activity:  What is it about, how many speakers, what is the flow of the program?

3. Make sure that you upload photographic evidence of your participation.

4. 2nd half of the paper is on insights and realizations that emerged from the activity:  Which part of the activity struck you the most?  How? Are there calls for actions you want to undertake?

Be guided!

BIOETHICS AND MANILA ZOO

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Bioethics Class in 2011

 

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Bioethics Class 2014

How does a teacher create teaching moments?  Bring the class over to the infamous Manila Zoo and hope for the best.  Seriously though, the Zoo presents a lot of  ethical issues like:  should animals be used solely for human purposes, which include entertainment?  What constitutes humane treatment of animals? Although both visits left me with a heavy heart because of the sad state of the animals housed in there, those sweet smiles from students (a matter of course when Filipinos pose for pictures) in these photos make me smile a bit.  Should we give some love to the Manila Zoo?  It’s a complicated question, which deserves a long thoughtful answer.  One one hand, we deplore the sad plight of animals; on the other hand, we recognize and acknowledge the reality that for many poor people in the city of Manila, it is the only place where they can encounter exotic animals from faraway lands firsthand. Ethics demand justice, and justice—both for animals and people—deserve to be factored in when one makes an ethical consideration on this case. Justice and love go together, always.

Reminder: Join the DLSU No Impact Experiment

Reminder:  Join the DLSU No Impact Experiment

See my related post for details.

The Beginning of Everything: A Tutorial

One of the best animated tutorials on the Big Bang!

The Big Bang Really Happened!

Scientists capture first ever signal from the beginning of the Universe

Scientists capture first ever signal from the beginning of the UniverseExpand

It looks like an explosion from an 80s game, but you’re looking at the first direct proof of the event that started the Universe—the Big Bang. Those black lines represent the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, which “could have been produced by gravitational waves created by inflation” as predicted by Einstein. If confirmed, it could be one of the biggest scientific discoveries in history.

Astronomers Discover First Direct Proof of the Big Bang Expansion

Astronomers Discover First Direct Proof of the Big Bang Expansion

For the full story, go to http://gizmodo.com

 

 

 

GENDERS Activity for March 20, 2014

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Warm Greetings! Sharmila Parmanand, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Visayan Forum, will hold a talk for my GENDERS class on THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014 AT Y508.

Mark the date, and please come on time.

Thanks!

Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VF) is a Philippine-based NGO established in 1991 that is widely regarded for innovating solutions to end modern-day slavery. VF provides specialized services to victims and their families, builds social movements, and advocates for lasting policy changes to combat human trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of exploitation.
For more information about Visayan Forum Foundation, visit their site at http://www.visayanforum.org/portal/

Join the DLSU No Impact Experiment (Part of Requirement for Final Project)

ImageFor details see, http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/research/centers/bnscwc/no-impact/

 

What to do

    1. Register and commit yourself to the one-week experiment.
      http://redrawtheline.org/philippines-no-impact-week-registration/
    1. Follow each day’s theme/challenge. Take small steps & make a difference.

 

      • March 24 Monday – TRASH: Waste Not
      • March 25 Tuesday – TRANSPORTATION: Burn Calories
      • March 26 Wednesday – FOOD: Eat Healthy
      • March 27 Thursday – ENERGY: Reduce Energy Use
      • March 28 Friday – WATER: Save Water
      • March 29 Saturday – GIVING BACK: Share
      • March 30 Sunday – ECO-SABBATH: Rest
    1. Self-document and self-reflect to evaluate the impact.
    1. Take the pre-experiment survey.
    2. Like the FB community page DLSU No Impact Experiment.
    3. Post selfies. Share insights and reflections about the experiment.
    4. Take the post-week survey.
    5. Additional Requirement for BIOTICS, PHILOPE and GENDERS:  Assessment and Reflection with pictures of A tp D to be posted in your individual WordPress account.
    6. Deadline for E is April 11, 2014.

Featured Post: Marielle Tumang of PHILOPE A55

Seriously, could anything be cuter than this? 🙂

Map of My Online Presence

Map of My Online Presence

This picture is a representation of where I am at in cyberspace. I laid out the most essential stuff in my life and have identified which social profiles represent each. The following is the ranking of which is most important to me:

1. Facebook (shirt)
2. Yahoo (underwear)
3. Google (bottom)
4. Twitter (bra)
5. Instagram (shoes)
6. Pinterest (bag)
7. Skype (glasses)
8. Youtube (socks)
9. Line (hat)

For more , check out Marielle’s site.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you for all the get-well-soon wishes and prayers! Inu is now fine, and climbing stairs and chairs already. Enjoy your Sunday:)

Is Philosophy the Best Course Ever?

Okaaaay, tongue in cheek, because I can picture you with your eyes rolling and your mouth gaping wide:)  On a serious note though, there have been multiple studies that show that a degree in Philosophy may be one of the best things to have in this world dominated by business and technology.  Contrary to false impressions of it as impractical, superfluous, esoteric, and the like, Philosophy offers you valuable tools to help you think critically, develop ability to ask and answer open-ended questions, and enhance your skills to see patterns of thoughts, worldviews, beliefs etc that might have gone unnoticed to untrained mind.

Here’s an article from Huffington Post on the The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business.  Here is another one: Is Philosophy the Most Practical Major?

Happy weekend!