Social Media and Personal Identity Discussion
In Chapter 5, you read about problems of self/personal identity, the difficulties in answering the question ‘who am I?’ Social media makes issues of personal identity more complicated than they have ever been and even causes mental illness; in other words, social media can literally change who we are by impacting our mental states. Watch the TEDx Talk “Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health?” and then answer the following: (300-400 words)
What are two examples given/points made by Bailey Parnell that illustrate how social media impacts our sense of personal/social identity?
What is your response to Parnell’s talk? Express agreement or disagreement with at least one point she makes with specific reasons/examples.
Respond the 2 students(100-200 words each) -I will share their posts after you sent me the first part—
Below are some examples of forum posts to classmates that do meet the requirement of being thorough, substantial, complex, and some that do no not meet this requirement. In the forums, we are discussing various topics, and we want to do this thoroughly, specifically, engagingly; we want to talk ABOUT the topics themselves.
Examples of engaged posts (when I say ‘engaged’ I mean engaged with the topic of the thread):
I agree with how you mentioned that individuals only see their material needs and can be “blind” to the importance of the fuel that is needed for their minds. I also spoke on this in my discussion post because it stuck out to me how many people do not stimulate their minds and live their life focused on their physical needs. the separation between mind and body can make a difference in a person’s quality of life and beliefs. I think your point about children being born philosophers is mind-opening because we do not realize as children how we tended to question everything, especially things we discovered for the first time.
Over time, we felt pressured to believe what others do but it is clear that children from the beginning question things more. Questioning and having the ability to defend and argue topics that are important is essential for one to grow and bring change in society as well. Great points!
Hey X, I completely agree with both of your statements. People seem to find the idea of believing in both God and theories, evolution and The Big Bang Theory, as being impossible due to them viewing religion as something that cannot co-exist with science because they believe it contradicts the beliefs of that religion. Even though people can believe in both religion scientific explanations, there are many people which only believe in one because they may have been raised in a household that strongly
believes in religion and oppose any other explanation to certain things, causing them to also only believe in religious explanations about the world.
I disagree when you say, “On top of that no one can say another is wrong for believing what they believe” because his whole viewpoint/argument is saying that religion appears to be morally wrong. He attacks the moral ground that religion stands on. Also when you say, “Everyone wants to have something to which they believe in and there is nothing wrong with that” of course there is something wrong with people having certain beliefs. This may seem to be an extreme, but it paints the point I am trying to make: what if someone believed it to be okay to come home and beat their family because a belief, they hold says it to be okay? We cannot say that it is okay for everyone to hold any belief they would like, especially if that belief is acted upon in any way that can cause harm to others.
Good evening, X, I would have to disagree with you on how Christians are thought no to trust science. I was raised in a Christian home and one thing that I was thought is that all wisdom including science comes from God. Although you make a great point of the of how the creation came to being as well as the evolution of human kind. I believe that we will continue to evolve every day and year we live on this earth. I think about it like technology and how much it has advanced in the last couple of years. But I strongly do agree with you that if we reject all of science just because of faith then we are denying the wisdom we have obtained
I agree with the cosmological argument being convincing because I also spoke about this in my discussion post. A huge reason for the existence of God is the question you asked, “What came before life when life didn’t exist?” It is impossible for there to have been nothing before life because that would mean that there would be nothing in existence today. The idea of a creator of the universe today has been questioned since the beginning of time and I also agree that it is not a far-fetched assumption that God is the reason for life. There are many things that will always be beyond our understanding of the creation of the universe, but it is clear that nothing would be in existence if there wasn’t a God to create life. I also agree that the description of God is different from each religion such as Islam, however, both agree that God created life and is in control of our salvation. You made great points!
Examples of not engaged posts (when I say ‘not engaged’ I mean these posts are brief, vague, and do not discuss the topic of the thread in any meaningful kind of way):
Hi X, I respect your statements but have trouble understanding it. The examples you brought up made it a little challenging to understand.
Hello, I agree with you, but I also feel that some people do feel that their body defines them. So, you agree with Locke’s view?
I’d like to say that I personally disagree. If your consciousness is gone then you are gone. If you had a new head that’s not your consciousness it won’t be you
I agree with you that some people think God is perfect and created everything and when you try and introduce ideas that go against their beliefs like the big bang, they tend to get defensive.
I completely agree with the fact that people are not all raised the same. Everyone has a different point of view towards God and the universe simply on the way they were raised.
Hi X, that is definitely true that people do not believe in the theory because it does not match what they were told about all their lives. Great response!
Hi X! I absolutely agree with you 100%! Morally I would not be able to make the choice if someone lives or dies. It is refreshing to see this post.
Hi, X you used great examples when making comparisons of moral exceptions. Also, I didn’t think of the last point you made that if the person wasn’t there at all the five workers would have still died.
I agree with you that something had to set things in motion in order for us to understand God , and I like how you pointed out that Anselm had no evidence thus making it invalid
I agree that people should be personally accountability of their actions.
Make sure to follow the instructions given in Unit 1 in the Discussion Forums: Protocol and Grading Criteria folder for making specific references to texts, videos, and podcasts; posts that do not make references according to these instructions will not receive full credit.
How to make specific references to texts and videos:
Many of the threads ask for specific references to the text, videos, or podcasts, and sometimes students seem not to understand what is meant by ‘specific reference.’ A specific reference to the text should give the name of the reading and the author, if applicable, and the page number (for example, if you refer to a reading within our text not by the author of the text but by another writer included in our text, give the name of the author, the title of the reading, and the page number; if you refer to part of the text written by the textbook author, give the page number). When providing a specific reference, you may quote or paraphrase, but your reference should be thorough (a complete idea) and specific. A specific reference to a video should give the timestamp; to see the timestamp, simply look at the progress bar for the video and give the time during the video at which the point you want to reference occurs, e.g., 1:34. You should make podcast references with the time stamp also.
Here are some examples:
In the reading “On the Pragmatic Theory” by William James, James says blah blah blah on p. 264.
In the video, the narrator says that Plato’s idea of the soul is blah blah blah [2:56].
In the podcast, Sam Harris says blah blah blah [4:34].
Sometimes, students do not answer all the questions in a forum thread, but for full credit, you should thoroughly answer all questions.