Wed, July 24, by Brian Wagner ’14

Today we began our day with two classes before a morning break of Tai-Chi involving all 20 students. Group B’s first class was with Mr. Hodgson, where we discussed in greater depth what criteria might contribute to Happiness, or flourishing over a lifetime, and 6 essential good character traits. After presenting us with quotes by Oscar Wilde and Nietzeiche (Not Sure how to spell this) , he walked us through the idea that the complexity of an answer, or a truth, is directly related to the subject being studied, and therefore how philosophy can frustrate with its lack of definite, simple truths.

Next, in Mr. Parker’s economics class we discussed whether corporations have a civic duty to forgo short-term profit in order for long-term social benefits. Using the small-scale example of our current hotel allowing smoking everywhere and the large-scale example of Exxon’s indifference to climate change, we concluded that companies were much more likely to alter their existing strategies by incentivising or forcing them to change through either outright taxes or a cap-and-trade policy. Using supply and demand we analyzed each method and then settled on taxation being more effective due to the larger number of political variables involved in a cap-and-trade.

After reviewing 11 moves of Tai-Chi, we all watched a TED talk by a scientist who discussed the merits and necessities of cooling the earth, or “geoengineering” by releasing a lot of sulfur into the atmosphere, similar to a volcano, which would absorb heat and thus significantly cool the planet.

After lunch we conducted a midpoint review of the program, and then continued on to sports, where Team B defeated Team A in a large-scale game of Ultimate Frisbee. Finally, after dinner we were given free time to pack up for the trip the next day and many of us congregated in a few rooms for games.

2 thoughts on “Wed, July 24, by Brian Wagner ’14”

  1. great writing very informative, the day sounded great, the ted talk about geoengineering seems promising, sorry about the smoking but that is part of world travel

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