Posted by: janellehilmes | September 9, 2010

Abortion, motivation, and trademarks

Appel, Jacob. “The Case for Permitting Abortion Until Birth | Jacob Appel.” Big Think. 27 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Sept. 2010.
In this Big Think interview, Jacob Appel shares his views on abortion. He brings up one part of this debate, a question of when a fetus becomes a human. People opposed to abortion say that conception is the point when life begins, however Jacob Appel disagrees. He believes that the fetus does not become a human being until birth or even after. Appel states that infants are not coherent and he believes that no infant “has enough capacity and enough sentience to be considered a human being”.  After abortion, many mothers go through postpartum depression. “I think we should grant great latitude to women who kill or euthanize their infants at birth and treat them with kindness as someone who suffers from illness,” Appel states. He fully supports abortion up to birth.
I disagree with Appel. A fetus is a person no matter what the circumstances are. I fully acknowledge the fact that we as humans don’t have memories from our early years, however that does not mean that we were not coherent. Euthanizing a child is murder, and it should be treated as murder. No excuses.
RSA Animate – Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Dir. Daniel Pink. 1 Apr. 2010. Web. 7 Sept. 2010.
In this animated video of a book by Daniel Pink, the speaker talked about motivation. Society believes that monetary incentives motivate people into working hard. During several studies of people doing mechanical tasks, these results were true. However, when doing even simple cognitive tasks, people receiving big rewards actually performed worse. These studies showed that even in rural India where the monetary incentives would be significant in their lives, “higher incentives led to worse performance”. This caused the audience to think deeper into what motivates people, and it was a very captivating video.
Peters, Mark. “Facebook’s Aggressive Trademark Hunt.” Good. 7 Sept. 2010. Web. 8 Sept. 2010.
Facebook is allegedly “bullying” a new website called Teachbook. Facebook claims that Teachbook is taking the “book” part of their trademark and trying to make a social networking site for teachers. Facebook is worried that since they have created a “secondary meaning” to the words face and book, using either part would confuse the public into thinking that the websites were related. Jessica Levy, a trademark lawyer states that since the sites are both social networking sites, she is betting on Facebook winning this battle. However, the author of this article seems against Facebook, saying that they don’t own the words nor do they have a right to “bully” another website. He states, “If there’s one lesson that is true both in trademark and in life: no one likes a bully.” He believes that Facebook is simply being too aggressive.

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