Charlie Hebdo Newspaper Editorial


In reaction to “I am Not Charlie Hebdo” From the New York Times on January 8th, 2015.

As we cross half way until the second decade into the 21st century, more and more people are starting to become open minded and are able to cope with how others believe in certain aspects of life. This is because more people are revealing themselves, and are not ashamed to wear something as a banner of who they are. I believe that it is almost impossible for every single civilized and educated human to alter their mindset so that they are completely in belief of that disbelief of theirs. Acceptance is something that is factored from certain kinds of cultural backgrounds, and there will be flaws that conflict with each other, so I think that through these setbacks like the Charlie Hebdo, we are able to learn and accept not only from the point of view of the victims, but the attackers as well. Taking in this case as a wake up call to end speech codes would not be an efficient way of resolving this, because societal groups cannot learn to be tolerant against hate speech out of scratch.

Sourced from Teaching with the Online Resource : The struggle to Define Free Speech – Source E

Nature vs Nurture Part 3

What is the difference between altruism and pro-social behavior?

I think that the main difference is if you are thinking about yourself or not when it comes to the outcome of you helping that person. For example a prosocial behavior can have different intentions and could be argued what the individual is really trying to get out of his or her act, as mentioned in the text, “Sometimes the reason for engaging in prosocial behavior is a selfish one. For example, if a person puts money in a charity box in order to feel good, egotistic motivation is behind the action.” (252)

Why do people help people?

Humans are made naturally to help others that we care about, and it is built into us to do so when it is needed. Helping might be stereotyped as something only people with good impressions do, but that is incorrect. I think that it all depends on who the person is, or what the situation and the relationship is with you and the person in need of help. Even if it is an evil villain from a superhero show, that villain would help it’s partner when it is in need of help, because they are working together to accomplish one goal and they know that without either one of them they won’t be able to succeed. That is one case in why people help other people, but another common case is when you want to make the other person feel good because you are generous and empathetic about that person. This really depends on the person if he or she is generally a self centered person or a person that often thinks about other people around you first.

Think of a situation in which I helped others, and analyze the reason/motivation for why you did it?

On the bus ride home from school, I decided to stand up throughout the whole bus ride instead of sitting in the only open seats in the bus that happened to be priority seats. Coming home from a long and tiring day of school made me want to forget about my nice side and pressured myself to take a seat and just close my eyes, but knowing that more elderlies will come on and that it will give a bad impression of myself because the action is taken knowing that it shouldn’t be taken deep down, my culturally Japanese side kicked in and decided to save the spots for the future elders, disabled and pregnants indirectly from the lack of effort to take a spot first and give it to a person later.

Nature vs Nurture Part 2

What unethical decision was responsible for the situation described in this video?

The big unethical mistake that was caused by the decision made by the doctor, was the separation of the two twin sisters at birth. Although it is understandable to the scientific and the physiological world, it is the complete opposite speaking from a empathetic humain point of view.

Can you think of a situation when it might be justified to be unethical in the pursuit of scientific knowledge of genetics or evolution?

I think that unethical decisions come to a common outcome of the baby being traumatized in major shock of such information being dropped on it at once, and this is something that draws the line between ethical and unethical decision making. As long as the baby grows up a truthful life, aware of it’s biological relations with it’s biological family, I think that is it ok. This is mainly because as said in the video in part 2, there is no way to make up for all the years of growing up, from an infant to an adult.

What is the most powerful evidence in this video that nature is more influential than nurture in explaining, predicting, or understanding human behavior?

Nature is something that has already been built into you as part of who you are, and is something that defines your individuality, and makes you a member of your family at the same time. The fact that the two twin sisters ended up finding each other is a big piece of evidence that nature is more influential. The fact that they chose to work at the exact same field of work, with the exact same interests, studying the exact same things is another major proof. No matter how close you are with your best friend, there is a very low chance of you choosing to study and work at the exact same field. Especially in this case the type of job is a very specific one, which means you really had to be interested in the main topic and had to have a passion about it in order to get that far. You find out that your long lost twin sister that you never knew existed who you were separated from at birth, studied and was working at the exact same specific field of work. This doesn’t sound like any coincidence to me.

Bystandar effects

How does diffusion of responsibility play a role?

Diffusion of responsibility plays a role, when you are the only person engaged in the situation you are in. This is because when you know that you are the only person that can do anything about the situation, you’re real self is pressured and forced to come out and deal with it however you think is appropriate.

Social Influence

When you are in a situation where you aren’t the only person involved, meaning there is a whole crowd of strangers/people you know around you when an emergency situation occurs. This creats a big impact on how one reacts. If no one turns out to react at all whether they notice it or not, no one else will react because the person has defines the situation as “not dangerous” due to the rest of the people not doing anything about it and going on with their lives.

Audience inhibition

Social influence plays an important role in audience inhibition, although this can depend one’s personality. Some people might be too embarrassed to react to a drunk person lying on the street, when no one else is bothered to do anything about it. On the other hand, some people may have the need to help the person or try to do something about the situation no matter there are hundreds of people passing by and watching.


The effect of what mood the person is in, on how motivated the person is to react to the situation mostly comes down to the one’s personality. There can be people who are willing to help no matter how hurried or busy or how much of a bad day they are having, and there can be people who don’t want to bother to help at all.

Competence & Experience

When you are in an emergency situation, you are forced to react to the situation and your first instinct is what you can do to contribute to resolving the situation. One’s motivation of helping comes from how much experience that person has in terms of that specific situation. This can mean how much knowledge the person has about the situation, which leads them to decide how much they can do about it.

Comparing levels of development between two countries

For the unit on development indicators in humanities class, we are doing an assessment on compare and contrast two country’s level of development and the changes that happen over time between the two countries I choose. The countries I have chosen is a country from Africa called Sierra Leone and the United States of America.

The first thing I compared was the total fertility rate (Children per woman) from 1800 to 2012. These two countries both started off with a high number as the USA average was seven children per woman and Sierra Leone was 6 children per woman. As time passes, the United States average slowly drops down as Sierra raises to 7 suddenly after 1950 and drops all the way down to 5 children in 2012. In the mean time the USA raises back to 3.4 children in the 1960s and ends up as 2 children in 2012.

The second thing I compared was the child mortality rate (0~5  yea olds dying  per 1000 born). This one stays the same as USA : 329 children and Sierra : 514. This could have been caused by the diseases that spread during the time period and how much food or healthy drinks Sierra could afford to all the children. The United States keeps dropping as 1900 approaches and in the mean time Sierra slowly goes down to 182 children per 1000 born possibly caused by the charity organisations that established as more wealthy countries noticed the poor countries and wanted to help them. The united states also slowly drops down as 1900 approaches and reaches 180 children, but suddenly jumps up to 239 children as the world war started. The United States grows and grows as the country develops more and more, and ends up at only 7 children in 2012.
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The third thing I compared was the life expectancy over the 1900s to 2o12. The United States starts off with a life expectancy of 70 years while Sierra Leone is 31 years. This could be caused by the amount of food or healthy drinks the country or the people can afford to live. Sierra raises all the way up to 41 years in the 1980s but drops back down to 36 years in 1994. The life expectancy in Sierra Leone raises back up to 40 years in the 2000s and ends up as 45 years in 2011. In the mean while the USA slowly grows up to 79 years at the end of 2011.

At last, I compared the population growth of these two countries. They both start off with a percentage of United States of America : 1.7% and Sierra Leone : 1.6%. The United States doesn’t grow much as it stays at around 1% as it eventually reaches 2012 and never shows a major change. Sierra Leone keeps its balance at around 2% until it suddenly raises to 3%. It wildly drops down to -0.8% in the 1990s and slowly raises back up to 5%. At last it ends up near whee it started off which was around 2%.

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Math Reflection

Hello as you know my name is Kent and I’m in 7B which is of course in 7th grade. My homeroom teacher’s name is Mathew fedley and we call him Mr.fedley.

We studied a couple of things this year such as ratios, algebra, angles and statistics.

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After all I find it challenging  to do math especially when I’m around other people, I start to get distracted and don’t do enough during class. I would like to focus on concentrating and actually working hard during class next year.

Humanities Yokohama History project Reflection

I did a presentation about the history of Yokohama in Humanities class and this was my question that I researched on “How did popular sports change before and after the westerns came?” and to summarise it up, A lot of traditional sports that was played in Japan was mostly insivisual sports, like sumo, martial arts and bow and arrow. But after The westerns brought more and more sports to Japan such as Baseball, Soccer and Rugby as a general team sports that was introduced. So thats leads to the conclusion “Japanese started playing team sports after the westerns came” to make it simple “Japanese started playing team sports after the westerns came.

Slide 1 : My question of this project is, “How did popular sports change before and after the westerns came.” and I chose this question because I was of course interested in sports and I wondered what people actually played before and after open port and when all these sports came to Japan.


Slide 2 : Starting with how sports came to Japan, one of the most popular sports in Japan Baseball was first introduced to Japan in 1872 by Horace Wilson Who taught Kaisei School in Japan. Baseball was a popular sports since the first baseball team was established in 1878 and was called the Shinbashi Athletic Club. The NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) was established in 1936.


Slide 3 : There are many sports events that happened here in Yokohama such as, the first Yokohama marathon starting at Yamashita park in 1981, the 2009 triathlon world championship Yokohama, and the FIFA club world cup 2011 Yokohama.


Slide 4 : Going back my question “how did popular sports change before and after the westerns came? The original sports that were played in Japan were popular with both participants and spectators.


Slide 5 : Starting from the edo period, sumo, of course started to become popular and the kamakura period was a starting point for many martial arts like “kyudo” (bow and arrow), hunting and inuoimono (dog chasing)


Slide 6 : After the meiji restoration, various kinds of sports were introduced into Japan. Playing sports was adopted as a school activity, and matches between universities and highschools became popular in Japan.


Slide 7 : track and field, baseball, football, rugby, ice skating and etc were introduced in the 1870s. In 1911 skiing was introduced to the army by an Austrian. There were also minor sports like ping pong and fencing.


Slide 8 : A lot of sports spectators start to say that they would rather stay at home if they could watch for free.but, as it actually increased interest, watching sports on television became popular.


Slide 9 : Many sports were introduced by the westers in such as golfing, figure skating, racing (especially auto racing) and soccer. Japan professional football league also gained popularity after the foundation in 1992. It became one of the most successful football league in asia.

Slide 10 : As a result of Japan opening up to the west, and introduced team sports, therefore many people could participate, and now team sports mostly became popular in Japan. Of course not all of the new sports introduced was a team sport like fencing, tennis and pingpong.


Overall, I think I explained the answer to the question well, which is how in changed but I think I actually only explained a little bit about the answer so I think I that will be what I should improve on after all.

Japanese music composition

My task in music class was, compose a 16 measure original melody using one of the Japanese pentatonic scales (In-sen and Hirajoushi) and this is my final song I composed. (below)

For my final product, I used the in-sen pentatonic scale, and all the Japanese techniques in my melody. This is the notes for this melody. (below)

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As you see here, I used more than 4 Japanese techniques in my melody. shan, shan-shan, atooshi and kororin.

The notes of the shan used in the 8th major is E,F and E,F. The shan shan used in the 13th major is C,C and C,C. The kororin used in the 14th major is F, C C.Finally, the ato-oshi used in the 15th major is C.

The unit question “what makes music sound like it belongs to a part of the world?” The difference between Japanese traditional music and western music is obviously a huge difference. Japanese traditional music has it’s own melody and the tempo is very slow. But western music like rock and jazz, it is much faster. Japanese music also has it’s own pentatonic scale like the blues has it’s own scale too. Having it’s own Japanese traditional pentatonic scale makes them different because it’s sort of decided and almost all Japanese traditional music are composed by simular/same melodies. Compare to western music, it is kind of variety and there is no proper scale to it, so that makes Japanese music sound like it belongs to japan.