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CLE: An exercise in moral reasoning

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From the Gallup poll, I chose gambling because this is one of the issues applicable to me. In my opinion, if you hear the word gambling, you would always think of places associated to casinos, slot machines and the like. Since we have this perception, we would always consider this action wrong due to the fact that people lose and gamble money instead of attending to their family’s needs. If you consider the word “gambling” in a wider and a more objective sense, it does not only apply to games. There are times when gambling or using instinct is a part of making decisions. The choices we make are not always on the sinful side, and we habitually use our instincts, spontaneity, and sometimes gamble in making decisions. So this in way shows that gambling is not necessarily always on the bad side. For example, when you are taking an important test, and that you see this person next to you collapse or faint, you would always consider the options you have. You would also have to gamble to decide which decision would be best. (To help the person in need or continue taking the test.)

Based on my answers above, I could say that I am a moral rationalist because I considered two sides the act of gambling. It can be sinful when people use it in an improper manner. (Just like spending piles of money instead of doing something better for it.) It can also be seen in a good light when it is used in an intuitive way such that a good decision is made.

Honestly, I would have to say that before you do something such as gambling, you have to consider some factors: whether it could or hurt others and yourself, as well as the implications of your actions. If you suspect that your action will not do any help, then it is important to be cautious in making your decisions. It is best that you not pursue it because there is a bad side to it. If you personally think it won’t do any harm or affect anyone, follow what your heart and conscience says to you.


GMO-Food Chemistry

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Nowadays, one of the most controversial topics when we talk about food is about GMOs—whether altering the genes in plants make it beneficial or not? For me, I’d rather consume products that have not been genetically modified because the long term effects are unverified as of now. Although genetically modified products give better yields and are more cost effective, the uncertainty of people’s safety puzzles me. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Kropek Activity

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Last January 13, 2012, we were given the chance to cook shrimp crackers (Popularly known as Kropek in Filipino) as part of our Food Chemistry discussion. We were tasked to fry the raw Kropek in different kinds of lipids and give observations with regards to taste, appearance and texture. Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil, Olive Oil, Corn Oil, Coconut Oil and butter were used to cook the Kropek.

Here are my observations:

Canola Oil: Color was pretty good as the Kropek were golden brown after frying. The Kropek were a bit hard to chew. Kropek were easily cooked.

Corn Oil: Color was the same when cooked in Canola Oil. (Also golden brown.) However, I’d say this is the closest to the Kropek (cooked) that is being sold in supermarkets because of its texture and taste.

Olive Oil: Color was a bit dark compared to the normal Kropek. (Dark brown) Taste was a bit weird and it was hard to bite. (I still liked it though.) Not suitable for frying.

Coconut Oil: Color was golden brown. The coconut-y taste can be perceived when eating the Kropek. Not suitable for frying because not everyone will appreciate the aftertaste.

Vegetable Oil: Color was golden brown. It was a bit bitter in my opinion, so I’d say it’s not a suitable oil for frying them.

Butter: The appearance appealed me a lot compared to the others. In terms of taste, I would have to say that Kropek shouldn’t be cooked in butter. It makes the Kropek look good, but it doesn’t give the taste it needs.


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Food Chem

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Food is any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth. I think what makes them weird is that they are not the usually cooked food we eat. I never thought that some animals such as lizards and certain insects are eaten. For me I consider normal food to be something that the majority considers normal. For example, salads are something that is usually perceived to be normal unless an ingredient such as a fried spider is included.

Here’s my list of the 5 weirdest food I’ve seen:
1. Stink bugs
2. Taranchula
3. Cockroach
4. Codfish sperm
5. Mopane caterpillars

VC with Dubai Modern High School

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Last December 6, 2011, two learning circles from the Christian Living Class of the IB Cohort 1 of Xavier School had a Face to Faith video conference with students from Dubai Modern High School which is located in the United Arab Emirates. Basically, the topic of discussion was all about faith and its effects. We discussed faith in a personal manner for a moment then the conversation evolved to as to how it affects our involvement to our community. Not only I was able to learn more with regards to faith, I was also able to discover different perspectives of people. In contrast to the other proposed video conference, I would say that this was a successful video conference overall. Technical difficulties did not hinder the quality of the video conference. Participants from both schools were participative and were eager to hear answers or questions from each other. As a result, an interesting, insightful discussion was made.

In the first part of the video conference, as an ice breaker to kick things off, videos about the two schools were played. Students from both Dubai Modern and Xavier School asked questions about the other school afterwards. Some of the questions like “What is like studying in a Jesuit School?”, really made me think quite hard because if you would think about it, not a lot of people coming from Manila would ask about it. What struck me during that part of the dialogue was when I heard one of the students said that the most important value their school promotes is leadership. I have always been exposed to schools that are particularly set up by people coming from religious orders and the like. At that point, I realized the value of my Xavier education as it not only focuses on leadership but the school holistically develops a person as a whole. During the discussion of faith, I was quite shocked that their views regarding faith were as similar as ours. We came to the conclusion that despite having coexisting faiths, people can still leave peacefully. Me moved on to the topic of the different service activities being made by both schools. This part made reiterated what I have learned in the past. Despite the personal gains that you may receive when you help someone, what constantly drives us to help other people in need is the fact that we are happy to give service to them.

Through this video conference, I realized that despite the cultural and other barriers at hand, we were able to have a meaningful, insightful and interesting discussion with the students of Dubai Modern. It is only now that I learned that there is somehow a similar in beliefs and understanding between both parties. The sharing of personal experiences enriched the quality of the video conference. The insights and way of thinking helped me comprehend similarities and differences between different countries.

Chem Poster

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