Final Presentations 2,3 and 4

           The next interesting thing we covered in terms of the project was Ethics, This topic was covered by both Taylor and Alyssa.  Among the types of ethics that they had to cover were both virtue ethics and moral ethics.  Which truly exist within the individual and must be defined individually before we go on.  The fact that virtue and morality seem to be the same thing turned out to be totally different in our class.  We defined virtue as personal feeling and moral ethics as more dependent on situation and the overall opinion of society. Truly this was a fascinating presentation.

                   I could not but help to look at the trolly car problem again after sitting through the presentation.  Now after looking at it for a third time this year the situation made me laugh hysterically.  As no matter what action could be taken it truly would punitive, save the many over the few or even push the fat guy in front of the train to save even more.  When at its base there is no difference between the action that I took and the only reason I would be treated differently would be my thought process behind the act.  So looking at it now in retrospect I feel that ethics is all fluff, somthing our minds created to keep us occupied.

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Presentation: 3

          The next most fascinating topic that we covered in class was that of love and human relationships and whether or not love is a true feeling.  One of the most interesting presentations in my opinion due to the sheer fact that Corinne and Patty decided to use a video to help introduce the theme of love whether or not we actually experience it as we thought that we did.  Among those who commented were Ryan, Mike and some guy from Arizona.  What interested me the most about this presentation was the fact that everyone had a different definition for love, one claimed it was a hormonal reaction, another called it sex, the last called it a complex human emotion and experience that is difficult to define but known when seen.  They also spoke about love being the attraction of an opposite person so that the children can become a moderation of the two persons and that after raising the children it would be surprising to see that the two people truly hate eachother.  In essence Freud called Love a temporary emotion that was not perminant.

          To this I had two major issues I wanted to clarify as I knew that Freud had substantial support for his claims.  The first was if love was just a chemical reaction that leads us to just wanting a balancing of traits in our kin then why do gays fall in love?  They often and clearly express the like of eachother well beyond that which the average couple does, and they seem to be much happier.  They clearly can not have their own children as they can reproduce, but they can get a surrogate or even adopt so that I feel throws out the argument that love cannot exist in the world.  The next question that I had was whether or not blind people can fall in love.  I find that they do and that it doesn’t stop them from being happy that it truly must be more than just pure physical attraction.  I feel that love does exist which is why I decided to look for some answers in another place and what I found was that it is a hotly debated topic and those who feel as if they are in love say that it does while those who look at it objectively says it doesn’t.  What I finally concluded was that I truly feel that love does exist. 

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Presentation 4:

        The last presentation that I found thoroughly interesting was that of my friends’ Thomas.  He brought the question of our conciousness up and what is it exactly that goes on in our “head” as thoughts and what exactly are thoughts?   In the presentation we finally came to the conclusion is that we went from a straight road to the windiest road in existance with a thousand turns and a billion curves that all lead to nowhere.  In essence we cannot truly define what goes on in our minds.  The fact of the matter is that we will never be able to find an adequate answer.  Three of the most interesting questions from the presentation that I was left with that I planned to delve into further were: What is a thought?  How does it work? and finally are thoughts Collective?

          Much to my disappointment I came to the conclusion that a thought can never be truly defined because well, you can’t analyze it.  From what I found scientifically was that it is just an electrochemical reaction present in our brains that occurs as a response to the world and our enviornment that we are present in.  The most interesting thing that I saw was a video of the brain responding to the various things that would initiate thought what I saw was a bit shocking and fascinating, in fact what I saw was that the brain lit up in certain areas as a response to certain stimuli while to others it would light up totally differently.  So maybe they in fact are a responses to chemicals but what I still feel is that if they are just chemical reactions then that would meant that there would be no choice!  But if we do have a choice that can control those reactions then that would be our no-chemical conscience wouldn’t it?  The next thing that I investigated was whether or not thought was collective and what I came to the conclusion about was that it is impossible to know whether or not it is.  According to bhuddism it is a collective of knowledge from many individuals who have finally found harmony with the world.  I feel that everyone can ascertain knowledge but that not everyone has immediate access at birth to said knowledge, especially events that can not be forseen or planned in anyway for instance a rogue event occuring in the atmosphere.  However, I do feel that the idea is quite interesting and requires more knowledge of age rather than knowledge of data.  The sources I used for these statements were:

scienceforums.com/topic/6489-what-is-a-thought

mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?tid=9978…2

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_intelligence

PRESENTATION RESPONSES 1

        The first topic that had peaked my interest was the idea of fear and the presentation that Laura B. created.  The presentation was about fear and how it affects our lives two topics were prevalent in the presentation especially the idea of nature vs. nurture creating fear.  The presentation used facts from numerous sources including scientific experiments that showed how fear was present in animals.  One particularly interesting aspect was when the boy was trained to be afrade of the rodent, I happened to find that somewhat abusive of the child but regardless it was interesting that the boy was trained into being afraid.  Another interesting thing that I found about this presentation was the idea of beating your fears through hypnosis.  In  particular the fact that the presentor claimed that it helped her lose her fear of tumbling, and that in fact she paid no mind to it when hypnotized.  Overall, this presentation really peaked my interest and that’s why I chose to further my search into the concept of fear.

        One of the first things I decided to explore was what caused children to become afraid nowadays and i found some of the results shocking, I found the information here http://www.gallup.com/poll/15439/What-Frightens-Americas-Youth.aspx 

From that website I found that most kids are afraid of things that could potentially cause death especially war related themes like terrorism, war etc.  I found it interesting as these things are really more ideas than experience and therefor it is an induced fears.  This to me calls for the question of whether or not we really do have phobias beyond the fight or flight response.  I feel that we do not because I know many people who are afraid of spiders but cannot pinpoint their fear but they only became afraid of spiders after they learned about the fear of others. 

         Another website I looked at was http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060118205940.htm it claims that we can measure our fears in terms of brain mapping as the amygdala part of the brain acts up when we are afraid and thus meaning fear is at least in part a mental product.  This made me think even more that common fears are in fact not natural but caused by our own thoughts which I find interesting.  This means that we really are not supposed to be afraid yet we are because we chose to be.  Which could be understood that fear is created out of our own stupidity, fascinating.

How I wasted a good Class 5-10

       Today I realized that the project I was working on was based on even less then nothing and that it in fact was thought out much more poorly than I had even imagined.  I have long since concluded any research for the project and thus, today I have made a short powerpoint showing the pareto principal.   Also I have decided to show on one slide the process which one could have taken during this project.  Also, I have written the expectations paragraph today, which also is a waste of time because this class will not motivate learning in such a state.  In a more proper class I would expect the class to realize what the pareto principal is (at least) and how they could possibly apply it in their lives through work and other things.  However, due to the nature of the class and how its been going thus far my expectation is that at most people will listen and not care about the presentation (not my goal but what I think will happen).  My clear cut goal however, is “Teach the class the Pareto Prinicple and perhaps certain practical things that would go along with it.

The time filler accomplishments 5-6-11

         I have finished all the research that I want to do with my project today and have began looking at how to present the information that I want to present to the class.  Due to the brief nature of the presentation I feel I could possibly fit a presentation powerpoint or maybe even an short video on the Pareto principal. I have further refined the practicallyof it and collected some examples of when best to use it and when not to use.

THE TIME FILLER DAY 2 may 04

        Today I researched and looked into the idea that the theory is more to look at the what we should focus on rather than what we should and shouldn’t do.   For example focus on the biggest part of a project so that you can get the most out of that part of the grade instead of equally focusing on both the biggest and smallest part.

THE DUMB TIME FILLING PROJECT RESULTS TUEs.

        Today I investigated the Pareto principle and learned the numerous applications of it throughout society.  I learned that the principle is the works of numerous patrons and can be divided into smaller sects and section i.e. (80% of the worlds money is in the hands of 20% of the people and of that 20%, 80% of that money is held by that top 20%!)  Finally,  I realized the application is popular in self-help and business books and is often used by managers.

COURAGE

 “It is curious – curious that the physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”  -Mark Twain

        Is physical courage true courage or is it just a response to social fears at the moment.  Or is physical courage much safer and easier to show to others.  In the world nowadays every word one says seems to be closely monitored every statement criticized if it could be.  Is there a lack of moral courage or is it just that everyone is happy with the status quo?

Intelligence V. Knowledge

        After finishing my college applications and recieving my acceptance letters and hearing of my friends success’ as well, I wondered about those who got accepted to the tier 1 schools (University of Chicago, Yale, Harvard, etc.).  I wondered why they were given acceptance to those schools over some of my other friends, was it because those accepted were more intelligent?  I doubt it, in fact I am positive that it was more luck and a better grasp of the two bases of knowledge (literacy and mathamatic ability).  I have two friends in particular, one who got into Yale, the other is attending Ohio State, both of them are very smart.  Although the one who got into Yale claims he is smarter and therfore better than the one who got into Ohio I highly doubt it.  In all probability the making factor on most admissions for colleges are the SAT’s because that’s the only fair way to gauge students performances across the country.  Unfortunatly that does not mean the most intelligent people are recognized.  My friend going to OSU is certainly much more intelligent, he is able to construct complex things to solve problems, and draw from a small amount of basic knoweldge huge conclusions.  Whereas, the Yale kid knows a lot of information, but it is useless because he knows not what to do with it and cannot make any grand ideas like my other friend.  In fact should I chose someone to be the smarter of the two and the one I would prefer to have for any cognitive challenge it would be the one who did not get into Yale.  I think intelligence is better than knowledge hands down, because it is not taught but it is always present.

DOOMSDAY Prophecies

        Doomsday prophecies have been around since the begining of time and have been made by numerous cultures from around the world and by nearly every culture.  They have been conveyed by the likes of individuals such as Nostradamus, to entire cultures such as the Mayans.  Their thoughts have become ever more popular with modern day society and have also greatly influenced our culture.  What has caused this great increase in our interest in doomsday events?  I feel it is our access to all this knowledge on the internet has allowed volumes of knowledge to unintelligent people.  This is why it gains so much steam that these various prophecies are able to change our culture.  Logic clearly shows that these prophecies are no more exceptional than the most abstract forms of modern “art” requiring the audience to interpret the message so the creator doesn’t have to create one.  So in essence it is the same reason why abstract art is successful, because people are stupid!