Category Archives: Humanity

The Cosmic Calendar: Humanities Brief Reign

In the grand scheme of the Universe, mankind has been around for an almost unfathomably short amount of time. Condensing the span of the universe into one calendar year we see clearly how our mark on the universe has barely just happened. All of what what we consider “modern” history takes place on December 31st, … Continue reading The Cosmic Calendar: Humanities Brief Reign Continue reading Continue reading

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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Daniel Lizaola Lopez Humberto Garcia English 190: Senior Thesis May 2, 2018 I wasn’t always an English major. I was lost in the vortex of societal norms and allowed the cosmology of my origin be originated by my environment. In high school, I was influenced by Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his passions. For the duration […] Continue reading

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Good and Evil

Milton needs to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death” because he is the “Poetic Genius” who protects “Divine Humanity” (The Prophetic Books of William Blake). This idea of being the protector of the people correlates with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ died in order to save humanity […] Continue reading

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We Are What They Tell Us to Eat

William Blake has given me a framework to reflect on our relationship with the living world I inhabit. I have arranged three of his plates above to highlight our connected histories and fate with nature. The three plates I chose demonstrate never-ending relationships of language, gender, religion, freedom and so forth. But I think they […] Continue reading

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Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India

Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India Chitra Soundar and Frané Lessac have adapted a traditional Irula story to make it more accessible: turning the traditional churraka into a pumpkin and highlighting the story’s universal themes. The story does, not, however, abandon its cultural roots. It is authentic in its language, retaining the Indian names […] Continue reading

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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett’s New Voices Award Winner Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! is one that, according to author Loney herself, “celebrate[s] the humanity of all children.” In this case, the child celebrated is James VanDerZee, an African-American boy born in 1886 to the former butler and maid of President Ulysses S. Grant. […] Continue reading

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Metamorphosis and Mirrors

[Please Note: This text contains minor spoilers for the 2017 television series “Twin Peaks: The Return.”] The season finale of “Twin Peaks: The Return” earlier this month created a seismic ripple amongst David Lynch devotees of the Internet. The proliferation of detail-obsessed fan theories, wikis in at least six languages, and thoughtful analytic pieces speaks […] Continue reading

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Last Stop on Market Street

I cannot say enough good things about Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s 2015 Last Stop on Market Street. I stumbled upon it quite by accident, tugging on its bright orange spine in the hopes that the book would be less dusty and worn than the others I’d found in the library…and I was not […] Continue reading

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Money Speaks Louder than Human Voices

“Everything has a price.” This phrase in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is not new, but it takes on a new meaning in the context of her novel (139). In today’s world, corporations dominate in every sphere from the economy to religion and politics. While Atwood’s world in which corporations have absolute control is unsettling, […] Continue reading

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Subverting Cognition: Surrealist Automatism and Brooks’ Intelligence Theory

In Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us, Rodney Brooks presents his unique take on the pathway to create meaningful artificial intelligence. To briefly summarize, he suggests that removing clunky algorithms aimed at simulating cognition, while simultaneously creating a direct link between sensation and action, supports more advanced general intelligence (functional intelligence). For me, Brooks’ […] Continue reading

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