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Tori Valadez and Mary Virginia Harper Final Project-Mental Illness, Homelessness, and Veterans

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Lying and Religion

Max’s post “Religion of the Crakers” brought to my mind the cynicism towards religious ideas in both Oryx and Crake and in other various forms of media. One excerpt particularly struck me in the book about concepts of immortality. “‘Immortality,’ said Crake, ‘is a concept. If you take ‘mortality’ as being, not death, but the […] Continue reading

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Can We Steer the Drive to Survive?

At the end of the novel Cloud Atlas, Adam Ewing sits hopefully pondering the fate of the world as he watches children of all different heritages playing peacefully together in a tree. Despite all the troubles of the world that he has seen and experienced on his voyage, he still has faith in the ability of […] Continue reading

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Subjective Civilization

This YouTube video illustrates some of the surprising ways people can offend each other through differing cultural perspectives. Think about a time when this has happened to you. Have you ever accidentally offended someone in another culture as a tourist in a foreign country? Or have you ever made an incorrect assumption about a person […] Continue reading

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The Hollowness of Happiness

What if there were a machine that could give you any experience in the world, and that could continue to supply you with these self-actualizing experiences for your entire life? You could become a great novelist, have a whirl-wind romance, climb Mount Everest, achieve anything and everything you’ve ever dreamed of. All you have to […] Continue reading

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Genetic Screening: Cure or Curse?

In the 2002 PBS documentary Cracking the Code of Life, which narrates the scientific effort to decode the human genome, one episode relates the story of the Lord family. Parents Tim and Allison Lord discovered that their son Hayden had Tay-Sachs disease when he began to miss developmental milestones when he was just a few months old. […] Continue reading

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