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March 24, 2010

Global Warming Essay

Global warming is an important issue for humans to consider and science to figure out. Personally I don’t care very much about global warming and have never been active in green movements. The evidence presented in this class is very informative and useful when taking into account the numerous known and unknown causes and cures for global warming. However, my attitude towards global warming is unchanged.

According to the Common Attitudes Toward Global Warming handout I think that my attitude can be described as a mix between several of the listed attitudes. The strongest attitude I have is the Precautionary Principal. It is clear to most of the scientific community that the average temperature of the earth’s surface is increasing. I have faith in science; therefore I believe that steps should be taken to figure out what is going on. I don’t mean taking an alarmist position and believing that drastic actions should be taken now. There is too little evidence showing that the world will be lost because of global warming. I don’t feel a responsibility toward future generations. I think that mankind should go on for a long time enjoying nature as I have all my life. But to blame myself or try to hold others accountable to future generations would be a waste of time for me. I believe that a technological fix will be necessary and has already been employed to help reduce or reverse global warming. Searching for cleaner burning fuels, filters and scrubbers used in power plants, and refrigerant systems using CFC free refrigerants are just three examples of how technology has helped and will continue to help our atmosphere and environment.


May 14, 2009

The Catcher in the Rye Essay

Since its publication in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye has received vociferous criticism because of its seeming foul language and poor role models. However, the so called foul language is only skin deep, and the importance of the issues addressed, including growing up, sex, death, responsibility for one’s actions, and life in general, outweighs the negative aspects. J.D. Salinger’s use foul language is more effective than plain language, and rather, helps convey Holden Caulfield’s true feelings. It is because The Catcher in the Rye is often misunderstood as a foul and vulgar book which portrays the life of a disturbed teenager that it has been unfairly censored. Because they have just reached the teenage threshold, and a higher level of maturity, students should be able to study The Catcher In The Rye starting in the eight grade.

When John Milton published Aeropagitica in 1644, it was the first major work arguing against censorship. Milton believed that censorship destroyed God’s purpose to let man exist, by denying the opportunity to let man express his views. Ironically, it was censored. Like Milton, Salinger’s challenge to current moral standards was censored. Salinger asserts that the teenage years are not easy ones. By censoring the novel, critics deny the difficulty of the teenage years. (more…)

May 13, 2009

Brave New World Essay

Imagine being asked the question, “What do you want to eat?” and spontaneously responding for a hamburger without being able to contemplate between the Mushroom Melt Burger and the Chicken Gratella Sandwich. Usually taken for granted, each individual in our society is capable of making this miniscule decision. In Huxley’s Brave New World, excessive government control leads to the elimination of choice from each individual by scientific procedures such as psychological and physical conditioning. Consequently, the society in this Brave New World looses all uniqueness and individuality due to their overpowering government.

“All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny,”(Huxley,16) states the Director of this futuristic dictatorship. Attempting to optimize efficiency, this futuristic government utilizes conditioning to force the citizens to like what they have and reject what they do not have. “We also predestine and condition,” states Mr. Foster, “We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers…”(Huxley,13). Therefore, everyone happily works together to get things done. (more…)

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