Tanner Zizelman

Student in Exercise Science
Bowling Green, OH, United States

About Tanner

Bio

My name is Tanner Zizelman, I am currently studying Exercise Science at Bowling Green State University. I plan on pursuing my masters and Ph.D, and would like to teach and research in the field of exercise physiology.

Languages

French, Sign language

Areas of Expertise

Exercise and Training, Gay in the Christian Chruch

An idea worth spreading

A simple idea: what would happen to academic and scientific research if schools were designed in a way to ignite curiosity and creativeness?

I'm passionate about

Fitness and exercise, equality for the LGBT community, the use of the Bible in debates, science and religion

Talk to me about

Anything but politics or economics

People don't know I'm good at

I've been told I'm good at everything I do, so I'd have to say people think I'm good at more than I'm actually good at

My TED story

I grew up in a small country town in midwest Ohio, though I feel I was born to live in the city. My parents divorced when I was young. In my younger years I was not very social, which continued until early high school. In high school, I started the realization that I was gay, and I turned to the Bible for guidance. That led to depression, and I was eventually taught by my priest that I was taking the Bible out of context. I was very athletic and musical, both of which I continued in college. My first year of college I had another severe bout of depression, ending with a survived suicide attempt. I now am happier than ever learning about exercise science, and I have a huge curiosity for nearly everything. I love debating gay rights, and absolutely love when someone uses the Bible as a reason for an anti-gay viewpoint. So if anyone is interested, I will gladly debate the issue.

Comments & conversations

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Tanner Zizelman
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the greatest threat to human civilization?
If you look at it that way, food also could be taken care of on a local scale. For those who don't live in a metropolis, raising cattle and chickens isn't as hard as it looks, and a garden is even easier to tend to. Creating clean drinking water? Not every average person knows how to do that.
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Tanner Zizelman
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the greatest threat to human civilization?
Fresh Drinking water would pose a similar magnitude of threat as food storage, if not greater. We can survive without food longer than we can without water. Come to think of it, during very hot summers, some smaller towns in my area have already been close to running out of water.
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Tanner Zizelman
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the greatest threat to human civilization?
I think the natural resources play into safety from the elements. If you're unable to have adequate shelter, a strong enough storm, tornado, hurricane, any natural disaster, could kill you. If theres no more natural gas, a cold enough winter could do you in. But food and healthy drinking water would be the the most threatening factors of overpopulation.
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Tanner Zizelman
Posted over 1 year ago
Should college student-athletes be paid?
If they are going to college simply to play sports, they shouldn't be there in the first place. College is supposed to be a place of higher education. Im not saying sports players are dumb, but from the football players I've seen in my classes, I think I can safely assume that academics aren't their primary focus. Paying them would be like "sorry to all you other college students for actually going to college for an education, but these idiots can play a sport well, which is no use in the real world, but we're paying them for it anyways".
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Tanner Zizelman
Posted over 1 year ago
How would you record digital signals from the brain as it tells muscles to act?
If I understand your question correctly, it's asking about the field of motor learning and control. As to the signals being able to be recorded, that is a very intriguing idea. There are several theories regarding how motor skills are performed. One theory is that our brain has 'programs' that we initiate to perform each individual task, and another theory suggests that there are a certain amount of programs and our brain applies them to different situations. If we could somehow record the brain signals of one persons movement, we could use that recording to play in someone else's body. This could be a whole new approach to rehabilitation, motor learning for the disabled, the possibilities are endless. This would be a wonderful topic for research.
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Tanner Zizelman
Posted over 1 year ago
Where does creativity originate?
Creativity, in my eyes, comes from curiosity and innovation. It's also a personality trait. People who are creative, more often than not, are also curious. Their curiosity leads to new ways of innovating, and that is where their creativity spawns. As to it being a personality trait, we all know people who are very un-creative.
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Tanner Zizelman
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the greatest threat to human civilization?
I feel the greatest threat to human civilization is overpopulation. The Earth has a maximum capacity, and I think we'll reach that before any other threat can take place. Unless we as a global community innovate ways to create natural resources, we may reach maximum capacity in only a few more generations.