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Heuristics and Judging

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Living in Minneapolis I have had the pleasure of experiencing many different cultures and religions. It has been such a joy to be exposed to others so different in thinking, customs, and dress. However, in a country where everyone is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs, i find it a bit stressful at times (a bit like walking on egg shells) to keep my foot out of my mouth. What i mean is that sometimes having your own opinion and expressing it is seen as judging. Judging is always looked down upon. In this class I found the discussion around heuristics of the human mind to be very interesting. Through studying the ways that humans think and learn i've found that our brain is actually (to a point) programed to judge a book by it's cover and make assumptions of people based on their outward appearance. While there are still times when this kind of judgements are unacceptable, heuristics provide somewhat of an explanation. This is what I will remember 50 years from now.

Food In Perspective

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As an American I reflect on our nations unique obsession with food. Although the general population is not struggling to feed ourselves and families, there is a strange obsession with food. We extensively research where are food comes from, what these foods do to our body, what will sell and what will not, and many more aspects of food. Eating disorders are widespread across America plaguing the lives of teens growing up constantly bombarded with food advertisement. Countless documentaries are made about food politics and controversies. While it is always a strong part of culture in general and enjoyment in life, the danger is in over emphasizing food. While I in no way condone the diets that force participants to practically starve themselves, I think there is value in putting food in perspective. I propose a challenge to my peers and fellow Americans to fast for one 48 hour period... not repeatedly or for weight-loss, but to put food in it's place. I have found this to be a freeing experience because it forces you to see food as a necessity, and nothing more. If you allow it, i believe that this can free you from the silly notions that you must constantly be worried about what and how much you are eating. Food is meant to be enjoyed, but it is fist and for most to support your bodies vital functions and should not consume you life.

Food In Perspective

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As an American I reflect on our nations unique obsession with food. Although the general population is not struggling to feed ourselves and families, there is a strange obsession with food. We extensively research where are food comes from, what these foods do to our body, what will sell and what will not, and many more aspects of food. Eating disorders are widespread across America plaguing the lives of teens growing up constantly bombarded with food advertisement. Countless documentaries are made about food politics and controversies. While it is always a strong part of culture in general and enjoyment in life, the danger is in over emphasizing food. While I in no way condone the diets that force participants to practically starve themselves, I think there is value in putting food in perspective. I propose a challenge to my peers and fellow Americans to fast for one 48 hour period... not repeatedly or for weight-loss, but to put food in it's place. I have found this to be a freeing experience because it forces you to see food as a necessity, and nothing more. If you allow it, i believe that this can free you from the silly notions that you must constantly be worried about what and how much you are eating. Food is meant to be enjoyed, but it is fist and for most to support your bodies vital functions and should not consume you life.

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