Week_7 Conscious by Braxton Little

As I was watching the full length Tom Cruise interview, and taking to mind all his arguments against the use of medications to alleviate certain problems among humans, many things came to mind. First, that there could be someone so naive to the world of pharmaceuticals, and how they have helped millions of people live better lives. Second, that he did make a valid point about why they should not be used, but presented it in an immature manner that was hard to comprehend, and easy to refute.
I support the use of pharmaceuticals. I believe that they make both the taker, and the people around the taker’s lives better. Growing up, I had many friends that never could listen in school, would always get in trouble, and were just overall oblivious to how a person is supposed to act. However, when on certain medications, my friends were focused, and almost became new people. I understand that making the decision to take medications is one that a minor cannot make on their own, but growing up the right way can make or break ones future. People who get started off on the wrong track many times stay on that track. Likewise, people who are well taught, and groomed for the real world become successful. It should be in a parents best interest that their child gets a chance to grow up correctly, and not shunned because of a chemical imbalance in the brain.
I was extremely distraught over the fact that Cruise tried to say that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance. While there is still a large amount of research that must be done before scientists can figure out why people are plagued with brain disorders, it has been proven that certain parts of the brain either do not function, or lack in chemicals that cause it to work properly. This website explains more on the subject.
http://www2.csusm.edu/DandB/AD.html


For Cruise to dismiss the fact that some people are born with this disorder is entirely wrong. His extremist ideals got in the way of a civilized interview that could have been used to bring up two strong sides dealing with brain disorders. What I think Cruise was trying to say, and what is a very good point, is that people who are given these medicines are not cured. Their problem stays, but the medications eradicate it for an amount of time that varies. So in perspective, they are not cured at all, but become addicted to the medication that helps them function properly. Also, some people are diagnosed too quickly, and when they get a bad grade, or act out of places, they are immediately deemed “ADD.” When it is a kid, who is not mature enough to make the decision of whether to take medications or not, the parent is very likely to promote the use of a medication, to make their job easier, and they child fit in. This is what Cruise is against in a very brief summary, and he does deeper in these points in his interview. There will always be supporters on both sides, who could arguer for years about who is right and never reach a conclusion.


For Cruise to dismiss the fact that some people are born with this disorder is entirely wrong. His extremist ideals got in the way of a civilized interview that could have been used to bring up two strong sides dealing with brain disorders. What I think Cruise was trying to say, and what is a very good point, is that people who are given these medicines are not cured. Their problem stays, but the medications eradicate it for an amount of time that varies. So in perspective, they are not cured at all, but become addicted to the medication that helps them function properly. Also, some people are diagnosed too quickly, and when they get a bad grade, or act out of places, they are immediately deemed “ADD.” When it is a kid, who is not mature enough to make the decision of whether to take medications or not, the parent is very likely to promote the use of a medication, to make their job easier, and they child fit in. This is what Cruise is against in a very brief summary, and he does deeper in these points in his interview. There will always be supporters on both sides, who could arguer for years about who is right and never reach a conclusion.
Switching to V.S Ramachandran’s power point, I was already very interested in the way that an animal’s conscious works, but was never confronted with direct information. It seems as though every living organism has a conscious with respect to its own realm of existence. While it may be suitable for humans to say that an ant has no conscious, an ant may say the same thing about the giant creatures (humans) that surround it. The same is said for most animals on earth. They exist within their own spheres, which humans have no knowledge of. Our studies show that they do know about their surroundings, and it is only a matter of time until we can fully understand their living habits.

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