Maiya Callister (Charles Best)

Hey everyone! Today, I will be posting my fourth round of research for this cycle. This past week, I have been focusing on the negative side to GMOs. I have discovered that this is an extremely controversial topic in many aspects and I am hoping that bringing in the "ethical" point of view will help me make a clear conclusion from the most objective perspective possible. Before I start, here's a reminder of my question: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Here are some of the...Read More...
Last Reply By Juliana Nunes (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This is my third round of research for this cycle and this week I will be focusing on the ethical advantages to using GMOs. Last week, I researched some well-known points for and against the use of GMOs and will be relating some of those points in this round as well as bringing up some new ones. My inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Added nutrients in foods: One of the most beneficial aspects of being able to modify the genetics of...Read More...
Last Reply By Seth Young (Johnston Heights) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, Welcome to my second round of research for this cycle; I will be focusing on fully elaborating on GMO production, which is the other main factor in my project (aside from ethics). Not only that, but I'd also like to explain some of the most-widely known pros and cons of the use of GMOs. Just as a reminder before my research, my inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Since the mid-1990's, the production of GMOs has sparked public and scientific...Read More...
Last Reply By Erica Won (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Today I will be posting my first round of research for my C5 project. My inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Following my project plan, I will first be defining ethics because some people find it to be subjective, but there are some guidelines. I'll also introduce "ethical problem solving" which is a method I'll be using in the future for concluding my research (this method can be applied to virtually any situation). Let's begin! Generally,...Read More...
Last Reply By Jessica Scott (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This week I will be posting my project plan outlining my first project of the year. The plan as of now is to do 5 rounds of research, and I will be posting every week. My inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? I think that this will be a really interesting project because I'm looking at GMO production from a deeper perspective, not just the pros and cons based on a purely fact-based perspective. Because my project is ethics-related and may be...Read More...
Last Reply By Jessica Scott (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, This will most likely be my final round of research for this cycle, where I have researched prions: what they are, the benefits and disadvantages of having them, as well as their impacts on evolution. This week, I have researched how influential prions are and have been on evolution as well as whether overall, they are more beneficial or detrimental. Restating my inquiry question, it is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more beneficial or...Read More...
Last Reply By Angela Mukami (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey guys! This week, I have been continuing my research for this cycle about the role of prions in evolution. Last week, I covered the benefits of having prions in our bodies as well as briefly touching upon the subject of their roles in evolution. This week, I will be going more into depth about prions and evolution as well as weighing the benefits/disadvantages of having them. Before we begin, here is my inquiry question: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more...Read More...
Last Reply By Claire Njeri (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey guys, This is my third round of research for this cycle! So far, I have covered what exactly prions are and what their function is and have also researched three specific diseases that are caused by them. This week, I have been researching the benefits of prions. What beneficial reactions do they cause in our bodies? I will also be comparing the advantages and disadvantages from an evolutionary standpoint. My inquiry question is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is...Read More...
Last Reply By Juliana Nunes (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This week, I have been researching three specific diseases (two of which are hereditary and found in humans and the other in cows). I will be referring to terms that I used in my previous round of research; I will provide short explanations for some of them as a recap, but refer to my 1st round if confused. My inquiry question is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more beneficial or detrimental? Before we begin, I will do a quick revision to clarify.Read More...
Last Reply By Emily Trepanier (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This will be my first round of research for the fourth cycle. This week, I have been researching prions ; what they are, how they are formed, and what their role is in the human body. My inquiry question is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more beneficial or detrimental? First off, many people who commented on my project plan were a bit confused as to what prions actually are. The word prion is derived from proteinacious infectious particle and is...Read More...
Last Reply By Max Wu (Charles Best - Alumni) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This week I will be posting my fifth round of research about the loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos. I have done research about the broader impacts, about the main causes of biodiversity loss and about some specific marine species that have been impacted. This round of research will be about our impacts that we can make and what we can do to help. First off, as minor as our individual impacts seem, they still have significance and often spark other ideas. So that...Read More...
Last Reply By Lauren Jang (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Today I will be posting my fourth round of research about my project concerning the loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos. This week, I have been researching what the impact on the islands has already been in relation to the loss of species as well as the environment in general. I will also connect and compare the effects to other places in the world, relating this issue on a global scale. First of all, referring to my second round of research, the three biggest causes...Read More...
Last Reply By Adithya Baskar (Johnston Heights Alumni) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, So this week will be the third round of research I will be posting for this cycle. This week, I will research different marine species of the Galapagos that are threatened. I will research them separately but then relate their combined impacts on the biodiversity. My inquiry question is: What are the causes and broader impacts of loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands? The first species I will be looking into is the whale shark . The largest shark and fish in the...Read More...
Last Reply By Audrey Heath (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, Today I will be posting my second round of research for my third project. In case you haven't read my previous research rounds, my project is exploring the loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos, then relating it on a global scale. My inquiry question is: What are the causes and broader impacts of loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands? Last week, my research was about the marine biodiversity itself, not really exploring anything as specific. This week, my...Read More...
Last Reply By Jim Liu (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey guys! I'm really excited to be starting a new cycle of research, which will be related to loss of marine biodiversity globally, but where I will be focusing on a specific area. My inquiry question is: What are the causes and broader impacts of loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands? As I said in my project plan, first I'll be starting off with describing the level of biodiversity in the Galapagos and learning more about the area itself, the climate, the level of human...Read More...
Last Reply By Melissa Lee (Mentor) · First Unread Post

Research Round #5

Maiya Callister (Charles Best)
Hi everyone! So, although I concluded my research last week technically, this week, I will be posting a hypothetical scenario of what the benefits and disadvantages would be if our world went vegan or vegetarian like I had suggested would be the most eco-friendly diet. It may not be a very realistic scenario, but it could potentially play a big role in the future. I will Greenhouse gas emissions : Studies conducted have shown that by 2050, if everyone was vegetarian, food-related greenhouse...Read More...
Last Reply By Tiana Andjelic (Charles Best) · First Unread Post

Research Round #4

Maiya Callister (Charles Best)
Hey everyone! So today, as I mentioned in my last post, is my fourth round of research and this week I have researched the western diet, which is the diet that most Canadians have (more or less, there's obviously variation), as well as doing my final judgement based on all of my rounds of research on which diet would be the most environmentally sustainable. After doing my research, I found that it's the unhealthiest diet of all the ones I have research, mainly because of the over-consumption...Read More...
Last Reply By Emily Schaffer (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hello everyone! This week is my third round of research, and I will be researching the paleo diet. Before I start researching, based on my last two rounds, I'm predicting that the environmental impact will be similar to the vegan diet. However, we'll have to find out. There are multiple variations of the paleo diet as there are with veganism and vegetarianism, but my research will be done based on the basic form of the diet. So, what is the paleo diet? The paleo diet is considered reverting...Read More...
Last Reply By Tiana Andjelic (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Today I will be posting my second round of research, and for this week, I have been researching the vegan diet. I will explain the pros and cons, then do a conclusion about the environmental impact. A vegan diet is a diet in which the person does not consume any animal products/byproducts. (1) (2) Unlike the vegetarian diet, where one can eat eggs, milk, etc. a vegan diet prohibits these foods. Vegan diets are free of cholesterol and are usually low in saturated fats. (1) Some...Read More...
Last Reply By Juliana Nunes (Charles Best) · First Unread Post

RESEARCH ROUND #1

Maiya Callister (Charles Best)
Hey everyone, So this will be my first round of research for the second cycle and I'm super excited to share what I found. I will restate my inquiry question before I start: What is the environmental impact of different diet plans? As I mentioned in my project plan, I will be starting with explaining the reasons why people diet, and then explaining the vegetarian diet. I will give my opinion and then get into the information that I found. Ok, so what I found that is not too shocking is that...Read More...
Last Reply By Seth Young (Johnston Heights) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone, This post will be my third round of research, and as I mentioned in my last post, I will be looking into what triggers our thoughts that we are all unique and whether we actually have a "self". As I said, this relates directly to my question and in this post I hope to really progress in my research. I looked through everyone's comments and checked out the websites that some people recommended, and they were really helpful! Now, I will actually be starting off with what triggers...Read More...
Last Reply By Finley MacAlpine (JH-Alumni) · First Unread Post
Hello everyone, this is going to be my second round of research that I will be posting and the topic I will further explore to answer my question this week is going to be whether others perceptions of ourselves is different from how we perceive ourselves. "We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions" -Stephen R. Covey Before I explain what I researched this week, I'd first like to start off with a quote that I found relating to my topic. It sparked some thoughts that I...Read More...
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Last Reply By Emily Schaffer (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone, this is my first round of research that I will be publishing for my inquiry question, "is our idea of our "self" just an illusion?", and staying true to my project plan, the first thing I researched was about why we actually do perceive ourselves as unique and what factors influence the way we perceive ourselves and how our mind reacts to these factors. So starting off, I think it would be good to know about what factors influence self-concept. As you probably know, because of...Read More...
Last Reply By Rhea Manhas (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hello everyone, so I will just be posting my project plan which will be explaining how I will go about my research and what exactly I will be further looking into. Just a reminder, my question was "is our idea of a "self" just an illusion?". Now, I will be taking several different approaches to the question as some pointed out that it was quite an open-ended question. To help me answer my question I will have to research different areas of the topic that may not seem connected at first but...Read More...
Last Reply By Stephen Kinyua (Thome) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone, I was thinking about some topics that really interested me, and it dawned upon me that we have such a fixed ideology about our "self", but we don't really have any hard evidence that we are what we have perceived. In the 1500's, Descartes, a French philosopher, thought about this idea as well. How did we know that we actually existed? He knew that our senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing could deceive our minds, so how could he prove that we were not just a figment...Read More...
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