James Howells

West Springfield, PA, United States

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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
The Future of the United States
The U.S Dollar will no longer be the world currency and there will be a huge wake up call for everyone. Much of the assistance funding will be cut because ...well its already ghost money. Crime will increase when this happens as many people will wake up and say " What do you mean I cant have that for free!..I am an American and that gives me the right..blah blah blah.." But then eventually government will realize that most citizens can spend their money quit wisely for themselves as we develop products and jobs that the world needs but in order to do this they cant be handcuffed by regulations that don't apply to other countries..or perhaps if the regulations are needed then we will have to quit buying from countries who don't follow them and have the "luxury" to use people as a commodity without recognizing basic human rights.
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
If a person atempts suicide and escapes, should he / she be punished?
If we do punish someone for attempting suicide we are probably just doing it to follow a law or because we are so appalled by the action that we want something done about it and we dont think the person should be rewarded with free counseling. The punishment itself would serve what purpose? To make the person feel regret and remorse? Well obviously the person had already reached there max capacity of those feelings? If a person attempts suicide you have to look at the reason and go from there. Some of the most common reasons might be: They dont feel there life is worth living; extreme emotional pain; extreme physical pain; a chemical imbalance; or maybe for attention. The thing is if someone is going to try suicide there mind has needlessly narrowed. What I mean by this is that in our life we are all confronted with problems and stressors yet we see many different options as a way to deal with these. A person who commits suicide only sees one option...To take their own life. Drugs and alcohol limit the minds capacity to work and that is why a lot of suicides take place under the influence. People need to to be shown and convinced that they always have other options... Look at famous actors and rockstars that commit suicide while starving people in Uganda..being abused and oppressed still see their lives as worth living...One of them has to be wrong..I say its the rockstars. A lot of people commit suicide over a member of the opposite sex... If I could only take that person around the world and show them all the beautiful people in it..all their options...they might see that this one person is not their only option. PS: Romeo and Juliette is not a love story...It's a story about two stupid Emo kids
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
Why are we so fragile, yet so powerful?
We are fragile but we also are the earth's best adapters. But no matter how good at adapting we are we cannot escape chaos. These "random" chaotic acts exist everywhere in nature and every living thing is at their mercy. I dont think we realize how many swords of Damocles on in our world...I guess some people do and that's why the develope agoraphobia. These dangerss also increase with many factors, including increased poulation and technology advances. But we adapt or at least we have adapted that's why we are still here! Fragile, smart, , dangerous, adapting, humans. One big advantage we have over these chaotic dangers is our ability to pull together in times of need...Now I know we have never totally come together but hey maybe someday when the danger is big enough(ZOMBIE INVASION!)
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
Truth?
There are things that are true and things that are false. There are things that are on the right road to truth, and there are things that off in a field somewhere picking daisies, and things that are are on the road but going in the opposite direction. We want to think we are on the right road to truth...but we wont know till we get there. Somethings we have already got there and we know as truths...the whole round earth thing for example..(sorry Chris Kelly for bringing that up again) But there are many things we are still on the road to discovering...its this journey that makes life worth living...to me anyway.
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
Showing experiments on live animals to young kids, regardless of what kind of animal, can be considered part of an educational program?
I personally don't see anything wrong with using insects in experiments for educational purposes. I do look at insects as living creatures but slightly different than other members of the animal kingdom..If we didn't, wouldn't we be racked with gilt and break down crying as we drove to work and slaughtered innocent bugs on our windshield. Wouldn't I stay up sleepless nights because I have mosquito blood on my hands? Wouldn't we worry about how we are going to relocate the ants that decided to take up residence in our house without paying rent? No we don't do any of these things. Why because we look at insects in a different way. Not an uncaring way, but different. Not as we do nonliving things we shouldn't look after, just different. I look at an ant as part of a body or group something much larger than itself. Like a cell in our body. When I step on an ant or hit a bug with my car I don't think of it as I've committed murder, I reserve this thought on insects to larger scale effects on their population such as pesticides wiping out entire species...the larger body. When you see an ant in your house and you set out poison...you see another ant and look at it as if its the same ant and say " that poison is not working, we still have ants" you dont say..ahh I've killed a hundred of them that should deter them from coming back!" I watched the video and I can see why some people where upset. The beat box part had the kids cheering at the dismembered leg twitching. That may have struck up feelings of young psychopaths pulling the wings off flies... For the same reason we see a spider in our house and sometimes we squash it and sometimes we get a cup and take it outside and set it free. It depends on weather we are looking at the cockroach as a small part of something larger or an individual creature with "human" characteristics..and this may change in each of us depending on the day. On a side note the speaker informed me that the cockroach lived! I liked that..
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
On what kind of world would all the children eat?
I 100% agree Joanne. I personally have seen many of the things you discussed. I am a teacher and I grew up in a foster home. Here is the problem. Over the years I saw children come in and out of my life who were abused and came to the home from parents who tried to strangle them, drown them, abused them in every possible way. They were under fed and under loved. I saw them leave and often times go back to the abusers. My point is When I thought out about it I would want to scream out HELL NO! I would and still at times want to run out and physically do something about it..it was the only answer my brain could come up with. Follow the kids home take there parents and "an eye for an eye" Well of course I was told this is not the right thing to do and could not be done. Well then what is to be done. When we look at the problem we realize its so deep rooted and each branching off root goes in another direction that it seems hopeless. That's what I mean by getting overwhelmed when we see an injustice that we feel helpless to do anything about. In order to address hunger in our own backyards look at all the different aspects we need to look at. Politics, economy, learned helplessness, Parent rights...the right to be a PARENT..aah!...that one right there seems so big that I feel a little overwhelmed..but it needs to be addressed no matter how bad it sounds from a political standpoint. One of things I love about TED is it sometimes forces me to think about things I really don't want to think about...its like online meditation with a a thousand gurus to keep me going. On this problem, yes it seems to big but if I think about it I realize I have to look at it the same way I look at it the same way I look at the seemingly overwhelming stack of papers on my desk. I have to start somewhere...I have to do something. I have to pick up the first paper and grade it or the problem wont get any smaller. And that first paper might be volunteering, counseling, talking to my local rep
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
Are we truly free?
I believe freedom is more complicated and encompasses many levels so that the answer to you question would be yes and no for everyone. I think of freedom as web or a tree branching out. We all have a certain level of freedoms to breath, to sleep, to react to our environment, to go up stream or down stream, these would be the trunk of our "freedom tree". Farther up the tree we would have freedoms that are presented to most of us but not all of us by opportunity. They could be anything from eating and drinking when or what we want to giving a life or taking a life. They may be regulated by availability, government, or maybe even just how we were physically born. Farther up the tree freedom branches out into so many different aspects of life governed by so many other factors its impossible to define. These branches will contain freedoms that not everyone can or will have. This could be freedom caused by having a lot of money. Yes on some branches money is freedom. Freedom to travel, to help someone, to eat to have a pet, to marry, to buy a book. Another branch might be freedom caused by power. This could be the freedom to take another's freedom or to impact those around you positively or negatively. One branch might be freedom caused by having charisma or good looks. All of these things would open or close doors and the more doors we have open the more free we are. Of course the problem is that at times when we open doors for ourselves we end open closing doors on others.
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox
I think part of TED is in fact dealing graciously with other people who think differently from ourselves...its what the world needs. As true TEDites we need to look at both sides of every post even the ones we disagree with and post accordingly...Its what separates us from face book rants and the like. We are here to learn not to make everyone else see our point of view. I can look at this talk in two ways.. Seems kinda morbid the creature was alive and now is dead to teach a lesson that computers could simulate easily and the kids enjoyed it but some of the looks on their faces seemed to show they knew there was something wrong with what they were seeing... On the other hand this could be the beginning of the end for paralyzation and I killed more bugs than that with my windshield on my way to work this morning. There are a few topics that I don't bend on but I guess cockroaches aren't one...sorry cockroaches How do I feel about the talk?... overall..I dont really know..but I do know I learned something and its causing me to think..which I LIKE!
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James Howells
Posted about 3 years ago
What would Utopia look like?
Perhaps I should have said time does not exist... No waiting, no boredom, no hunger, pain... But then could we truly be happy if there was never anticipation or conflict to over come?....I don't know. It seems like we would also be missing out on things..But maybe that;s just me who has always existed with time as my enemy and friend. It's hard to comprehend.