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Shakespeare Vocalized

What play did you choose? What act, scene and line numbers did you choose? What character did you play? I read a soliloquy by Iago in the tragedy Othello, Act 3 Scene 3 lines 268-278. What did you learn about the impact of tone, inflection, volume and pacing in your own rehearsal and oral performance? I learned that Iago can […]

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Othello Close Read II

Shakespeare’s play Othello is a masterpiece of trickery and tragedy driven by the villain, Iago. Early on in the play, it is revealed that Desdemona, the wife of Othello (the Moor and the play’s namesake), married without her father’s consent or knowledge. The Duke, the speaker of the below lines from Act 1 Scene 3, sees no reason to be opposed to […]

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Human-Based Determinism

Determinism has been a topic in Western religious debates for as long as theology has been a field of study. The argument stems from the paradox between an omniscient (all-knowing) higher being, generally termed “God”, and the perceived or religiously supported concept of human free will. A simple argument that resolves the paradox explains it by way of a perceivable, […]

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Gale Research

Sadly, Gale does not seem to have the most current scientific journals, which have only recently begun publishing research that would further my thesis. However, I did find one (see reference below) that illustrates the promising technology going into lie detectors — a type of mind reading device. My thesis, as you may recall, is that while most people firmly […]

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Blogging a Research Paper!

For this essay, I am choosing to recycle and dig deeper into one of my past posts, on freedom of choice or lack thereof. While doing some research for my argumentative essay, I came upon an article by Wired (annotations and bibliography below) that has some interesting information and opinions on what an experiment showing precursor activity to a button […]

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Welcome to Tribalism

Everyone forms little “tribes” that they identify with, tribes that help them cope with life or just form a stronger identity. In Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean, Robert Willie (a death row inmate for the rape and murder of Faith Harvey) was, in his version of events, dragged through his crimes by Joe Vaccaro, a friend, and his own […]

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Does us think lesser because internet?

Every second, the internet transfers over 51 thousand gigabytes of data, and each day Google processes over 3.5 billion searches. These are mind-boggling statistics from this internet statistics website, but what is less well understood is the effect that massive data flow is having on the mind. As The Atlantic writer Nicholas Carr puts it, “what the Net seems to be […]

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What Is Education to a Democracy?

Economic regulation is always a hot button topic in politics; one of those topics that nearly everyone disagrees on. In my opinion, a democratic nation would not be sustainable without economic regulation for a few reasons. I will briefly discuss regulation in the form of taxation which provides the funding for government services that, among other things, protect the general […]

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Ethics of Metal, Glass, and Plastic

A little while ago, I visited the Moral Machines website. It’s a study put out by MIT to see how people would respond to a machine having to choose between lives. Turns out, I prefer hoomans a lot more than pets, if forced to choose between them. Some scenarios are distinctly uncomfortable – how do you choose between two doctors […]

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A Question of Choice

I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “You decide!” But are you actually making a choice? A choice is something that is decided upon after deliberation between alternatives. In that sense, even computers make choices, but the question is whether or not the choice was free; whether or not people have free will. A computer may choose to display one result […]

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