The most fascinating thing I learned about, and something I'll probably always remember, is twin studies. When I first started reading about all the twin studies my senior year in high school I just couldn't stop telling people all about them. I remember coming home the first day after learning about them and telling my mom about the twins that were reared separately and then were reunited some 40 years later and how similar their lives turned out to be. The twins I first read about ever went by the name of Jim Lewis and Jim Springer. They grew up in different families in different states but had eerie similar lives. Here's an excerpt telling all about their similarities. "When the two first met, Lewis described it as "like looking into a mirror." For starters, both had the same first name. They were physically identical. But when they got talking, the similarities were astounding. Both had childhood dogs named Toy. Both had been nail biters and fretful sleepers. Both had migraines. Both had married first wives names Linda, second wives named Betty. Lewis named his first son James Allen, Springer named his James Alan. For years, they both had taken holidays on the same Florida beach. They both drank Miller Lite, smoked Salem cigarettes, loved stock car racing, disliked baseball, left regular love notes to their wives, made doll furniture in their basements, and had added circular white benches around the trees in their backyards. Their IQs, habits, facial expressions, brain waves, heartbeats, and handwriting were nearly identical. The Jim twins lived apart but died on the same day, from the same illness." When I first read this I think you know why I found twin studies so fascinating. I don't think I'll ever forget the two Jim's, at least not for a very long time.
boll0229: April 2012 Archives
This may be a little off topic but I've wanted to write a blog about this debate for awhile and see what other's opinions are on it. I'm going to start with some facts, I'll leave some links at the bottom if you'd like to read more on it before adding your own opinions, and then lastly I'm just going to say some of my own opinions. I searched "Alcohol VS Marijuana Debate" in Google and clicked on the first three links. Of those three all of them said that Alcohol is worse for you. But here are some facts. Moderate intake of alcohol, according to a study from Harvard, can help reduce the risk of heart disease. There are supposed cardiovascular benefits, but health officials are still conflicted on the meaning of these findings and are not sure if they are true or not. It is also an enjoyable means of social interaction and leisure. Other then these three, I could find no other positives from the three websites. Now for Marijuana I could find many more positives and not as many negatives. Marijuana can be used as a treatment for nausea and vomiting in aids and cancer patients, as a treatment of pain for a variety of illnesses and maladies, and is a useful sleeping aid with no risk of accidental overdose or respitory arrest. I'll leave it to that for the facts if you want to know more go to any of the bottom links or look it up yourself. Now here are some of my own opinions and feel free to ask questions or counter argue them, that of which is what a debate is after all. Anyway, I feel that what we do as an individual shouldn't be of importance to others AS LONG as we aren't hurting others in the process. If we want to hurt our livers by drinking, it's our own choice; we know the consequences of our actions do we not? If we want to smoke Marijuana even though it may affect us adversely, why can't we? I also feel as if EVERYONE has a release to get away from the world and the stress of everyday life, be it video games, sports, sky diving, drinking, dungeons and dragons, watching TV, smoking, running, anything. And it really could be anything. If someone wants to do one of these as their stress reliever then why not? I do believe though that there should be rules governing these activities, as to make it safer for everyone but that's true for everything. Anyway, I could go on, but I'd like to hear your opinions, feel free to check out the websites and argue with me all you want.