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    I have elected to recite my lines from Othello. I will be reciting lines from Iago.

    Iago-

    Good name in man and woman, dear my lords,

    Is the immediate jewel of their souls.

    Who steals my purse steals trash.

    Breathing Life into Shakespeare

    I have elected to recite my lines from Othello. I will be reciting lines from Iago. Iago- Good name in man and woman, dear my lords, Is the immediate jewel of their souls. Who steals my purse steals trash. ‘Tis...

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    Emilia

    4.2.159-169

    A halter pardon him! and hell gnaw his bones!

    Why should he call her whore? who keeps her company?

    What place? what time? what form? what likelihood?

    The Moor’s abused by some most

    Othello, Close Reading Act IV Scene II

    Emilia 4.2.159-169 A halter pardon him! and hell gnaw his bones! Why should he call her whore? who keeps her company? What place? what time? what form? what likelihood? The Moor's abused by some most villainous knave, Some base notorious knave, some scurvy fellow. O...

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    “Google Tackles AI, Robotics Safety to Prevent Future Toasters from Killing Us in Our Sleep”, by Joel Hruska, is a three page synopsis of a 29 page extensive study done by Cornell University and Google that ana

    Preventing Skynet

    “Google Tackles AI, Robotics Safety to Prevent Future Toasters from Killing Us in Our Sleep”, by Joel Hruska, is a three page synopsis of a 29 page extensive study done by Cornell University and Google that analyzes safe practices...

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    I stumbled upon the article “Posthuman enough?”. While this article did not pertain directly to my question, it nonetheless provided insight into how AI and robotics will influence the value of human life thr

    The Ethics, Morals, and Complications of the Future

    I stumbled upon the article “Posthuman enough?”. While this article did not pertain directly to my question, it nonetheless provided insight into how AI and robotics will influence the value of human life through the contested topic of genetic...

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    Most of us know of Terminator, IRobot, and countless other films depicting a dystopia of our own creation. The rise of an age of technology, man versus machine. This fiction is becoming more likely as everyday we

    The Advent of AI Technology will not Devalue Human Life

    Most of us know of Terminator, IRobot, and countless other films depicting a dystopia of our own creation. The rise of an age of technology, man versus machine. This fiction is becoming more likely as everyday we are introduced...

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    “China plans to implement a social credit system by 2020”. In short, every one of the 1.3 billion citizens residing within China will be assigned a “value” open for all to see. This information is unrestr

    "You are only worth 213"

    “China plans to implement a social credit system by 2020”. In short, every one of the 1.3 billion citizens residing within China will be assigned a “value” open for all to see. This information is unrestricted; for example, neighbors...

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    Some six hundred years ago, colonists began their gradual migration. These included a diverse range of people. Albeit most of the population was white, and some black eventually, these groups of people came from

    Abandoning Our Roots

    Some six hundred years ago, colonists began their gradual migration. These included a diverse range of people. Albeit most of the population was white, and some black eventually, these groups of people came from an array of economic and...

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    Since the foundation of the United States of America, representation and consent of the governed have been central to our beliefs. The founding fathers placed an amount of faith in the people, believing we had the

    New Government

    Since the foundation of the United States of America, representation and consent of the governed have been central to our beliefs. The founding fathers placed an amount of faith in the people, believing we had the power to determine...

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    Tokyo, Japan has, undoubtably, one of the most unique residents within its city limits. Shibuya Mirai is a seven year old boy, and his hobbies include, taking pictures, observing people, and talking with people.

    Digital Child

    Tokyo, Japan has, undoubtably, one of the most unique residents within its city limits. Shibuya Mirai is a seven year old boy, and his hobbies include, taking pictures, observing people, and talking with people. But unlike most residents, Mirai...

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    “Ah, I see you’re taking the road less travelled”, my GPS alerted me as I took the wrong exit. Using the app WaZe, I created my own collection of personalized navigation messages. This one just happened to be

    Destination: Unknown, or is it?

    "Ah, I see you're taking the road less travelled", my GPS alerted me as I took the wrong exit. Using the app WaZe, I created my own collection of personalized navigation messages. This one just happened to be whenever...

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    • Your question is fascinating: how much of your life is determined for you? Does free will exist, or is it but an illusion of our internal narrative? As you mentioned, religious denominations (including Calvinism – see https://carm.org/what-is-calvinism) take the omniscient, timeless God as to mean everything is preset. On the other hand, Catholics take a more delicate approach, describing predestination as more of a “roadmap” of choices: many paths to take, and choices at intersections; while all paths are known by God looking at the map from above, the actual path chosen may vary from person to person according to his free will.

      Neuroscience, on the other hand, has done some interesting experiments (https://www.wired.com/2008/04/mind-decision/) to prove that, at least in some cases, decisions are made for conscious thought.

      Your discussion of more corporeal impacts on one’s future, like race, gender, and socioeconomic background, and then your corollary about a few “lucky tosses of the dice” is interesting. I found a fascinating post by the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/10/18/poor-kids-who-do-everything-right-dont-do-better-than-rich-kids-who-do-everything-wrong/?utm_term=.2c305be36da9) that corroborates your claim that children from wealthy families have an accumulated advantage that still puts them farther ahead than even the hardest workers from poor families.

      I’m interested to see what you post next!

    • This is very interesting Raymond! Many people, including myself at one point, interpret Robert Frost’s poem to be a call to individualism and nothing more. I love how you used your interpretation of the poem to introduce your central question of predestination. Obviously, there are variables that shape our personality from the start, “factors that influence”, but is there something else that leads us towards a certain end? An article that I find helpful in understanding the factors with which we begin is (http://www.psychologydiscussion.net/personality-development-2/top-3-factors-influencing-personality-development/1934). I can’t wait to see where you go from here!

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    The colonization of other stellar bodies would benefit the community of Earth indefinitely. In a world plagued by climate change and uncontrolled consumption of resources, being able to terraform and survive on

    Can We Colonize Mars?

    The colonization of other stellar bodies would benefit the community of Earth indefinitely. In a world plagued by climate change and uncontrolled consumption of resources, being able to terraform and survive on another planet is necessary to guarantee humanity’s...

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    • Dear Raymond,
      I am satisfied with your post. You explained the facts well and gave excellent examples. It is hard to explain why one believes that humans will move to other planets due to whatever reason it be, with actual facts because of how many sceptics there are in this society.
      One thing you mentioned in your post is “All of this would not be possible, if we did not have a certain resource: humans.”, when mentioning resources, many only explain the natural resources that are found here on Earth, such has water, metals and food. But I like how you mentioned we wouldn’t be able to move our people to Mars without something as simple as using our power as humans.
      Regards,
      Emily

    • Dear Raymond,

      I agree that Mars is the next step for human expedition and science. Simply getting to the moon was an enormous feat for human kind and now that we posses all the technology to reach Mars, I think that it would be foolish to not capitalize on such an immense opportunity. In terms of cost, the amount of money it would take to go to Mars is surprisingly small. If your figure is correct, then going to Mars would be half the price of creating the latest and greatest aircraft carrier. According to an article by Cnet, the USA’s newest aircraft carrier costs $13 billion.

      Keaton Yoshinaga

      link to article: https://www.cnet.com/pictures/meet-the-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier/

    • Dear Raymond, I thought your post was well said and I enjoyed reading it. I thought you talking about how we have the technology to move to another planet was very interesting, but I have to disagree with you on that. None the less your post was well researched and put together eloquently.

    • Raymond, this is quite an interesting post. However, you focused on the technology, and money needed – I’m interested to think how you would imagine a society would develop, as you say, ” almost completely independent of the home planet for long durations”. Would it be militaristic? Exploitation-oriented? A vacation resort for the wealthiest or a planet-sized industrial sector?

      I would really like to read what further thoughts you have about exploring planets like these, and what form the colonization may take. Thanks for your post!

    • Dear Raymond,
      I am intrigued by your post because terraforming Mars can be viewed as an escape route or plan B in case our own planet can no longer sustain life. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “As of right now, we have the capability to offer people a one-way trip to Mars, the closest, possibly habitable planet.” I disagree with this sentence because it has been scientifically proven that Venus is closer to Earth and that Venus offers a more sustainable and feasible option in terms of terraforming for human colonization.Venus’ atmosphere is thicker and therefore we can create a magnetic field whereas Mars barely has an atmosphere which will cost more to create and sustain one. Also, Venus is considered our sister planet due to its similar mass and surface gravity which makes it the perfect candidate for human colonization.
      Regards,
      Huong Nguyen

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