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3 Major Stumbling Blocks in the Science and Religion Debate

3 Major Stumbling Blocks in the Science and Religion Debate | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Rather than framing the conversation as "choose either science or religion," or encouraging attacks and counter-attacks, or presenting simplistic views on each side, what would it look like to have a provocative, re...
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unit 3- these are interesting ideas to consider as we move forward in debate of existence of religion and science. i myself am an advocate of religion and see science as a support of religion and so i find these ideas may help me to better explain and discuss this topic with those who may disagree.

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The Relationship Between World Trade And The Number Of World Cup Teams Is Undeniable

The Relationship Between World Trade And The Number Of World Cup Teams Is Undeniable | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Participation is rising with global integration.
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unit 6- this article reveals some interesting correlations between the world cup and world trade. it seems that the world cup has quite the influence in the world and can really help the world economy. i wonder what this correlation would look like in the olympics.

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map_of_ancient_civilizations.gif (518x283 pixels) | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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unit 5- this picture shows us that early civilizations based themselves around agriculture. everything they did had something to do with subsitence and it shows why civilizations are located where they are.

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Census Bureau charts urban boom: secrets of America’s fastest-growing cities

Census Bureau charts urban boom: secrets of America’s fastest-growing cities | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The rapid growth of small cities recorded by the Census Bureau is evident across the United States, though the factors driving that growth vary from region to region.
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unit 7- this article really reveals some interesting trends that have been occuring in the US in the past decades that has really begun to explode. these small towns(one of which we live in) are starting to massively grow in their urban centers. it will be interesting to see how these cities will compare with common major cities in america in the coming years.

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Merkel says lessons of world wars strengthened her Crimea stance

Merkel says lessons of world wars strengthened her Crimea stance | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she had taken a firm stance against Russia's annexation of Crimea in part due to the lessons of two world wars, but added it was vital
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unit 4- this article seems to revolve around the ethical question of is it okay for a country to annex another country by force. this debate is really heated and i think this article brings up some interesting points relating this to how other world wars got started and how we should handle this situation to avoid it.

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unit 2- this comic reveals that immigration in the way we know it is still relatively new and would be considered absurd in years past. it demonstrates how many of the countries who are fighting over how to deal with immigration weren't really that great of immigrants to begin with. in deciding what decisions should be made about immigration policy we should remember how far we've come in history.

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Wisconsin high schools build greenhouses to teach students about agriculture, food, science

Wisconsin high schools build greenhouses to teach students about agriculture, food, science | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
SHEBOYGAN, Wis
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unit 5- this is a cool idea that i would be curious if our school was willing to try it. this would not only be helpful to the ag department but for us geographers who want to better understand what goes into making food. i'm impressed by the schools taking the initiative to do this.

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Population projections for Sydney deliver urban planning wake-up call

Population projections for Sydney deliver urban planning wake-up call | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Sydney will need more than 600,000 extra homes for an additional 1.6 million people in the next two decades, according to state government figures.
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unit 7- this is an interesting article showing just how important urban planning is. the rapid growth of sydney could cause many problems in the future and changes will certainely have to be made to accomodate these changes. it will be a good idea to follow this in the future to see how this develops.

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Drizzle alone will not provide a path to prosperity - FT.com

Drizzle alone will not provide a path to prosperity - FT.com | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Sitting in the sun on a holiday weekend is a chance to reflect on one of the oddest questions in economic geography. Why are hot countries poor? If you want to live both in a prosperous country and in the tropics, your choices are more or less
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unit 5- this article is quite helpful to understanding why it is poverty occurs in hot places a lot. it shows that rainfall and climate's effect on agriculture rolls over into the area's economy. it explains that more than rain is needed to sustain a civilization which is why the first settlements occured near large river valleys.

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Suburbs Driving Statewide Population Growth

Suburbs Driving Statewide Population Growth | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania's population is growing fastest in the suburbs – and experts say the trend signals an abandonment of post-recession spending restrictions.
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unit 7- this is interesting to see that a huge boom in the suburbs is occuring around the US. this certainley helps to understand why lakeway is experiecning so much growth and why small suburban towns in Texas are beating major cities in population growth. this should be something to follow closely as it will greatly affect the geography of our urban centers.

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One in four Canadians declare affiliation to no religion, but why are so many ‘nones’ surprisingly religious?

One in four Canadians declare affiliation to no religion, but why are so many ‘nones’ surprisingly religious? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
‘Nones,’ whose numbers grew in Canada to around 25% today, are a diverse group, spanning militant atheists and freelance spiritualists, onetime Catholics, non-observant Jews, secular Muslims, and others
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unit 3- this is an interesting development to see occur in the 1st world as religion, which is already quite complex, has exploded to the extant that people are in a sense developing religions with one adherent, themselves. this is not only evident in Canada as you cross over into the US you ask people if they believe in god you'll get varied answers but if you were to ask if they believed in an afterlife or heaven you would overwhelmingly hear a yes a majority of the time. it is quite interesting to see a movement into this kind of post-modern pantheism.

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The World of Starbucks, Mapped | IB GEOGRAPHY G...

The World of Starbucks, Mapped | IB GEOGRAPHY G... | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
No matter where you are on the planet, you're never more than 5,000 miles from a Starbucks.
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unit 1-this is a great map that demonstrates how we can understand the influence of western culture and business. we can learn from this map that the world is not only modernizing by very apparently developing pop culture from other sides of the planet. its interesting to see how coffee is making the world smaller.

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Urban geographer’s brush with the law risks sending cold chill through social science

Urban geographer’s brush with the law risks sending cold chill through social science | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Whether urban explorers are aware of it or not, their photographs show us how much of the world has been privatised, permanently segregated from the public by locks, hired guards, barbed wire and surveillance cameras for exclusive use by financial elites. This insight is a direct result of Garrett hanging out with these Underground spelunkers and skyscraper climbers. But hanging out with them also landed him in court.

Ethnographers do some deep hanging out. They work, play, live, joke, eat and sometimes fall in love with their subjects. The method builds empathy, rapport, trust, and ideally a transformation of the researcher into a person who has internalised and can communicate a small understanding of the values, discourses, and practices of the people they observe."


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unit 7- this demonstrates incredibly well how the modern world has come to be imaged. it shows how urban centers develop and how they look in a way accessible enough to be analyzed and charted as data. it is also an eye opener to how commercial business and materialism have affected the way places look and where things are located within them.

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MAP: Where offending a religion could get you executed

MAP: Where offending a religion could get you executed | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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unit 3- this article opened my eyes to certain ideas i was not really aware of and shows how fundamentalism is still quite present in the world. its interesting that all of these countries are primarily muslim and brings the question why islam and not other countries? then again other religions have had their share of bad history so i guess we are experiencing a islamic downturn in history.

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World_trade_map.PNG (1357x628 pixels) | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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unit 6- this map is very helpful in understanding how countries relate to each other economically. every country seems to play a specific role in the world trade system with every country dependent on each other. this map seems somewhat outdated by it can still be used to understand the cncepts of core, semi-periphery, and periphery.

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unit 5- this is a great depiction of ancient agriculture processes in a agricultural hearth. this would assist in understanding the amount of work and importance placed on agriculture back then. this is also very helpful in understanding many other aspects of the civilization such as why they were so minutely populated.

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Survey: Three-quarters of French Jews mulling emigration - Jewish World News

Survey: Three-quarters of French Jews mulling emigration - Jewish World News | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Over 95 percent of all respondents said they viewed anti-Semitism as 'very worrisome' or 'worrisome.'
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unit 2- i find this article very interesting yet reasonable considering the kind of reforms going on in france. this is a great example of push factors that can lead to massive emigration from an area. im curios as to how this will all turn out.

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immigration-history.jpg (image) | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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unit 2- this comic helps us to understand that nativism is not just some new thing or something out of the blue but something that has had a long life throughout history. this reveals how silly we can be trying to justify why we don;t want people moving into our country but in truth it's for petty reasons. the point of knowing this history is so we can make better decisions and actually consider our reall motivations behind what we decide.

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City's economy substantially grew during frigid winter: report

City's economy substantially grew during frigid winter: report | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The harsh winter couldn’t put out the fire in New York City’s red-hot economy.
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unit 6- this is quite amazing from a historical perspective. typically winters are hard on economies and so this is quite the phenomena but from a geographic perspective this makes plenty of sense. new york city is an economic hub of the world and a huge core area as well.

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Creole Culture Day: Staying alive and growing

Creole Culture Day: Staying alive and growing | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Cajuns. Creoles. Native Americans. They all have roots in south Louisiana and Vermilionville makes it a point to give each culture its due.
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unit 3- this demonstrates how folk culture is wearing from the influx of pop culture. we see the creoles with a rich culture dying out more and more succumbing to placelessness and western ideals. this  creole culture day is something that i support and encourage

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unit 7- this diagram is very helpful for understanding how cities generally look nowadays. it is better than older charts you would see even though this chart is still quite limited. it also helps to introduce you to urban geography which is normally a very confusing subject.

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unit 2- this is an important map to know from the modern world because it demonstrates one of the largest concepts to understand in the world today. this map shows us that a majority of the world lives in small areas of like india and southeast asia. this understanding is key to learning why this part of the globe is experiencing so many issues with overcrowding, crime, and poverty.

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What language would Jesus have spoken?

What language would Jesus have spoken? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Probably Aramaic on a day-to-day basis with Hebrew for scholarly use.
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unit 3- this is quite an interesting article(not just because its Jesus) because it brings us to a time where language was used quite differently than now. jews back then would have known Aramaic as the lingua franca of the semitic world while also knowing Hebrew for scholarly endeavors and a bit of greek to converse with gentiles in other places as well as a bit of latin as that was the official language of Rome. that was the common jew in the 1st century while nowadays most americans can't even speak english correctly let alone spanish, french, mandarin, arabic, or any other kind of language like UK english.

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Is organic agriculture sustainable?

Is organic agriculture sustainable? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Dear EarthTalk: Do you agree with the recent claim in the Wall Street Journal that organic agriculture isn't actually sustainable?
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unit 5- while it is important to know the negatives of GMO's and other advanced farming methods, it is also quite important to know the negatives of the other side. while organic agriculture has a great deal of benefits there is a reason the Green revolution was a revolution. a large movement back to organic agriculture could be incredibly dangerous for the world creating large food shortages and even greater starvation across the globe.

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U.N. Panel Urges Halt to Israeli Settlements

U.N. Panel Urges Halt to Israeli Settlements | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A report by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday called for an immediate halt to all settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories.
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unit 4- this is a topic that all APHUG students need to cover in depth and understand a basic amount about because this is a relevant and current issue that has many repruccusions in the world. this demonstrates how Israel is trying to "take over'land that has been isolated as palestine as a means to gain more power and influence. this strategic settling of lands helps Israel build a case for keeping lands that are primarily inhabited by palestinians.

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Explains why a human settlement is where it is