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Cutie as a Metaphor of the Mind in Asimov's Reason - Cutie as a Metaphor of the Mind in Asimov's Reason Using one's reason to the highest ability is considered to be a virtue in our society. Reason and logic have a lucid quality that is reassuring to human interaction. Ultimately, humanity prizes itself for its ability to logically explain our observations by using reason. Another facet of the human mind is to be inquisitive, to constantly ask questions about our surroundings. Both these facets are shown by the main character, "Cutie," in Asimov's "Reason." This thought-provoking story uses Cutie, a robot, as a metaphor of the human mind, and on a larger scale, humanity itself....   [tags: Asimov Reason] 1112 words
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Free Will and Predestination in Asimov's Short Stories - In one of Asimov’s earliest and most-loved pieces, “Nightfall,” the theme of man inability to alter the future regardless of free will is quite clear. Asimov rejects the age-old adage that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Instead, he emanates a general tone that even those who do know history are doomed to repeat it, as evidenced by the events and people of Lagash. There is no doubt that the people of Lagash have free will, shown by their actions. The reactions of the characters to different events prove this....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Destiny vs. Free Will in Isaac Asimov's Writings - People have debated about free will and fate for thousands of years. Alexander the Great once said, "Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all." Roman poet Virgil took an opposite view stating, "Wherever the fates lead us let us follow." One would expect a great author of science fiction, a genre filled with futuristic happenings based on reason and logic, to take a stand on this issue as well. Isaac Asimov shows through his short stories "Nightfall," "Reason," and "The Evitable Conflict," that an individual can not alter his race's destiny regardless of free will's existence....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 2285 words
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Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction - Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction Isaac Asimov, a twentieth century Russian American, was a very prolific writer. He wrote hundreds of books. He is not only a writer, but he is also a scientist, where many books that comprise his body of work are reference books. The subjects range from Space science and geology, to Shakespeare and the Bible. As a man who graduated High School as a genius at fifteen and also as one who could create different believable worlds in a piece of writing, he has successfully bridged knowledge and creativity....   [tags: Papers] 1896 words
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Critique of Asimov's "I, Robot" - Isaac Asimov thrills the reader with his story-telling ability in "I, Robot". Of course, many of Asimov's ideas provide a ploy to add suspense to the story. However, when the plot completely disagree with the laws which he himself has written, the story becomes confusing. On the surface, it appears that his stories make legitimate and logical sense, as well as entertaining the audience in a magnificent way. However, any deeper analysis of the story will prove that there are several significant flaws in the work....   [tags: American Literature] 1104 words
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The Origin of Robots - The Origin of Robots Over the years mankind has advanced greatly in the field of technology and day by day we continue to advance. The future holds many possibilities, one of which is living in a world with robots. Isaac Asimov shared his view of this possible future in his novel I, Robot. His view portrays robots as machines superior to humans mentally and physically. If robots are superior to humans, how do humans control the robots. Humans create the three Laws of Robotics, which are instilled into the positronic brains of every robot created....   [tags: Asimov I Robot Essays]
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The Elements Of Science Fiction In Asimov's Foundation - The Elements of Science Fiction in Asimov's Foundation The Elements of Science Fiction in Asimov's Foundation [This essay explores those characteristics of the novel Foundation, which are peculiar to the genre of Science Fiction.] The most fundamental and obvious element of Science Fiction is its dependence on imagined technological advancements. The SF writer exploits the gap between scientific theory and practice to create a world, or at least circumstances, very different from our own reality and yet very believable because of the scientific ‘logic' behind it all....   [tags: Isaac Asimov] 1689 words
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Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov - Everyone is faced with difficult obstacles at some point in his or her life, whether or not they are able to overcome them can define them as a person. Every story has a plot, but a plot is determined by the characters and their actions to events that take place in the story. According to the article “Science Fiction Images of Computers and Robots” written by Patricia S. Warrick, many of the plots in Asimov’s novels depend on “computers and robots [along with] space exploration and development” (54)....   [tags: The Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov]
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Isaac Asimov's Foundation - Psychohistory - Foundation  Psychohistory Psychohistory is the framework upon which Isaac Asimov's Foundation rests. It provides for diverse episodes about a variety of characters over a period 400 years, and those episodes feature a number of strong-minded individuals seeking solutions to a series of problems as they arise (Gunn 42). In the novel, these problems have all been fore-ordained long ago by Hari Seldon's science of psychohistory. Psychohistory is defined by Asimov as a "'profound statistical science' that deals with the reactions of human conglomerates to fixed social and economic stimuli" (Touponce 76)....   [tags: Isaac Asimov Foundation] 483 words
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The Last Question by Isaac Asimov - The Last Question by Isaac Asimov Life as we know it comes and goes. Many, many years have past and the world that we are now living in has undergone several transformations. The story of "The Last Question" is about the future of civilization. It explored the technological advancements that will probably occur many years from now. But even if man had developed ways to make things "happen", a question was never answered until man and all other forms disappeared except the AC (automatic computer)....   [tags: Asimov Last Question] 1987 words
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Asimov's Green Patches - A crucial portion of Asimov's analysis of human vulnerability is the supposed chaos of normal life. In Asimov's eyes, unity and cooperation function much better than the effort of any given individual towards a specific goal. In Green Patches a group of astronauts lands on Saybrook's planet. The planet is fascinating in that all of the organisms work in conjunction in order to maintain homeostasis. There exists no competition for food, for space, or for sex. In a sense, "all life on Saybrook's planet is a single organism"(371)....   [tags: Isaac Asimov] 1226 words
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Issac Asimov's I, Robot - Issac Asimov's I, Robot Asimov’s robots can be described as clumsy, hard-working, cost-efficient, soulless, strong, fast, obedient, human-made, a cleaner better breed, more human than man. Robots can be caring, gentle, self-aware, creative, intelligent and also evil, rebellious. Robots are made out of metal, plastic, aluminum, gears, bolts, wheels, sensors, memory chips, and other gadgets. TEXT STUDY Asimov’s book “I, Robot” is full of exciting short stories about human-robot relations. But the one story that really touched me was the first of the nine: Robbie....   [tags: Asimov Robots Robot] 1302 words
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Isaac Asimov's Foundation - Cycles of History - Isaac Asimov's Foundation - Cycles of History Foundation is a novel throughout which the cycles of history are present. Isaac Asimov's peculiar notions on how change in the environment affects the nature of historical change are present throughout this novel. Asimov uses principles of Marxism to fabricate his future history. Asimov also creates a future political structure modeled on the Roman Empire. According to Jean Fielder, one of the greatest influences on Asimov's Foundation novel is Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire....   [tags: Isaac Asimov Foundation] 465 words
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Isaac Asimov's Foundation - Validity of Science Fiction - Isaac Asimov's Foundation and the trilogy named after it represent a pinnacle in science fiction. Science fiction lovers from every walk of life have joined together to praise Asimov and Foundation. Furthermore, this series has been awarded the first Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Series. Not before or since the publication of Foundation has this award been given. Despite this recognition, the mainstream literary critics ignore works of science fiction as candidates for more prestigious awards....   [tags: Isaac Asimov Foundation]
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Jonathan Swift's Influence on the Age of Reason - Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, opened the door for satire. He was one of the most well known satirist of The Age of Reason, which gained him much respect as a writer. Swift’s works and lifestyle reflect the Humanities of The Age of Reason, thus giving the reader a glimpse of the common man’s life during this time. In order to understand the life of Jonathan Swift, one must explore his works and The Age of Reason. The Age of Reason was a new beginning for many man kind during the eighteenth century, therefore opening the door for people to pursue happiness and liberty....   [tags: Age of Reason, Jonathan Swift, satire, ] 1742 words
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Thomas Paine: Faith and Reason - The issue of Faith versus Reason and the relationship between them has been discussed throughout civilization. A prime figure in this discussion during the recent past, the mid 18’th to the early 19’th centuries, was Thomas Paine. Paine’s writings during both the United States and French revolutions helped to spearhead the respective countries into revolution and eventually freedom. As such, Paine is certainly seen as an influential figure during this time period for practical reasons. But Paine is equally important because of the way in which he influenced entire countries and helped to bring about change....   [tags: Faith vs Reason]
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Robbie by Isaac Asimov - “Robbie” by Isaac Asimov is a short story that takes place in 1998. When this story was written in 1965, the futuristic elements were extremely profound and one could see how the reader might agree with Asimov’s interpretation of the future. His world is detailed, including news events about manned Mars missions, futuristic technology, a technological code of ethics, or the ‘Three Laws of Robotics,’ and convincing personal relationships. However, Asimov got it backwards. Many elements in his world are still science fiction today and while robots do exist in 2010, Asimov’s robots are far more advanced in some areas and far more deficient in others....   [tags: Technolog Advancement]
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Isaac Asimov - Isaac Asimov is one of the most well known of science fiction writers as well as one of the worlds most prolific writers of any genre. Isaac was born to Anna and Judah Asimov on January 2nd, 1920 (White 3), in the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was a a short-lived republic that formed after World War 1. He later emigrated to Brooklyn, New York, with his family when he was only three years old (White 7). While living in Brooklyn, Isaac taught himself to read English before he was five years old, but retained his ability to speak Yiddish....   [tags: Biography]
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Isaac Asimov, Mind of a Child - Throughout history man has always had a vivid imagination. In prehistoric times, old man used to write stories, tales and such upon their cave dwelling walls. These were performed through the use of symbols. These symbols, called hieroglyphics, portrayed the thoughts and creativity of their authors. Boszhardt once said while talking about the cave pictures in Wisconsin, "When I first visited the cave, I was skeptical about the possible art that Daniel had written to me about, But once my flashlight came upon some of the drawings, there was no question that this was authentic Native American art....   [tags: essays research papers] 1099 words
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Isaac Asimov's The Naked Sun - Isaac Asimov's The Naked Sun When the ship stopped Elijah remained on his seat. Then he looked away and saw Daneel Olivaw, he is a robot that look like a man. After Elijah Bailey went in an air-tube, a robot was in charge of the trip of Elijah, his serial number is RX-2475. When the trip in the air-tube ended, Bailey received information about Solaria and he learned that the population on the planet is 20000 people and 200000000 robots in a territory of 30000000 square miles. He then felt the need to see outside the ground-car....   [tags: essays research papers] 4355 words
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Isaac Asimov - Isaac Asimov: Robotics Essay Uploaded by Klownsam (20) on Jul 4, 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920 in Petrouchi, Russia. His parents were Judah and Anna Asimov. Isaac also has a sister Veronica and a brother Stanley. In 1923 his family immigrated to the United States. He and his family grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In Brooklyn his family ran a small candy and magazine store. This is one of the places where Asimov began to learn about printing....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Isaac Asimov - Isaac Asimov is a very talented writer. Isaac focuses on the intensity of his novels and short stories. Suspense is one of the things he focuses on when writing short stories such as "Marooned off Vesta." "Marooned off Vesta is a story of triumph and intelligence. This story shows what can happen if you put your mind to it"(Corke). 	Isaac Asimov, of Jewish descent, was born in Petrovichi, U.S.S.R. on January 2, 1920. His parents were Judah and Anna Rachel Asimov. Isaac also had a brother named Stanley and a sister named Marcia....   [tags: essays research papers] 1686 words
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The Age of Reason - ... For example, the cotton gin machine allowed for a greater output of cotton than ever done manually. The idea of the assembly line allowed for greater productivity which allowed for a faster production of weapons. These weapons took less time and less people to build due to the assembly line. These technologically advanced weapons were much more powerful they were before. New technology allowed for better and faster communication between people and did not have to rely on slow communication. Steam engine boats were built and they along with other innovations gave these industrialized nations the upper hand....   [tags: european history, enlightment period] 925 words
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Reason for the Weak - The concept of blind faith is often difficult for rational people to comprehend. Rational people believe that every aspect of life must be able to be explained with logic. However, rationalism and faith often come in conflict with each other, creating an exceptional strife in the minds of those unable to accept that which cannot be viewed. In such divergence, the concept of nihilism is often planted into the mind of those who are incapable of acknowledging human nature and the spiritual and natural laws of life....   [tags: Informative, Blind Faith, God] 1999 words
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Faith and Reason - While some people may believe that science and religion differ drastically, science and religion both require reason and faith respectively. Religion uses reason as a way of learning and growing in one’s faith. Science, on the other hand, uses reason to provide facts and explain different hypotheses. Both, though, use reason for evidence as a way of gaining more knowledge about the subject. Although science tends to favor more “natural” views of the world, religion and science fundamentally need reason and faith to obtain more knowledge about their various subjects....   [tags: science, religion, evidence, beliefs, logic, God]
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Faith and Reason - Faith and reason were two modes of belief that dominated the history of Western Civilization. Both faith and reason were popularized as tools to understand the universe in Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian eras. By conflicting with each other, these two modes of belief sparked a lot of controversy. Reason or rationality is belief based on concrete evidence and logic. The development of one’s reason relies heavily on observation and questioning. Greco-Roman philosophers believed in the power of the human mind to understand the world....   [tags: Religion]
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Faith and Reason - Pope John Paul II once said, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” (Fallible Blogma) Based on this significant and powerful quote, one can infer that faith and reason are directly associated and related. It can also be implied that the combination of faith and reason allows one to seek information and knowledge about truth and God; based on various class discussions and past academic teachings, it is understood that both faith and...   [tags: Philosophy] 1813 words
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Faith and Reason - Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and the University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science once said, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” Professor Dawkins is an avid evangelist of reason and logic, and condemns any faith-based worldviews, seeing faith and reason as complete opposites. The conflict between the two is and everlasting debate, pondered by many great philosophers since the time of Aristotle and Plato....   [tags: c. s. lewis, religion, science]
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Age of Reason - An Age of Reason “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” This brief quotation was spoken by the famous writer and philosopher Voltaire; I believe it vaguely points out that some people are full of absurd ideas, and for others to follow such nonsense is foolish. The quote is just a taste of Voltaire’s wisdom and knowledge of the world, during the Age of Reason. The Age of Reason or The Enlightenment is defined as a change in not just a way of thinking, but an establishment of values and rational actions....   [tags: Enlightenment]
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Reason as a Way of Knowing and Thinking - Reason as a way of knowing denotes constructing meaning by modifying and justifying ideas and beliefs based on new or existing information. The term logic, meaning deriving from the use of valid information, is used synonymously with reason, and is recognized as a branch of reasoning. Reason is a way of thinking and the word logic describes the way reasoning follows certain rules and standards. When making a claim to knowledge, coherent reason and consistency are expected to support and provide stability to an argument....   [tags: beliefs, logic, information] 1159 words
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Was The Enlightenment Really The Age of Reason? - “Reason does not work instinctively, but requires trial, practice, and instruction in order to gradually progress from one level of insight to another” Immanuel Kant. Kant’s opinion of reason is that it is a force, which is ever-evolving and constantly building on previous insights. The Enlightenment is a historical period referring to the intellectual movement that swept across Europe in the 18th century. To tackle this question, I will be looking at two texts. The essays, ‘An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment’ by Immanuel Kant, an 18th century philosopher, and ‘What is Enlightenment’ by Michel Foucault, a 20th century philosopher....   [tags: Social Studies]
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The Tension Between Faith and Reason - ... It simply means the reason has not been discovered yet. Ronald de Sousa in his book, The Rationality of Emotion, claims that emotions usually present philosophical problems, yet they are just as much a part of the reasoning process as dry knowledge. De Sousa argues that since emotions always have an object, there is an objective reason for emotions. Emotions are generated by reason. The reason for emotions could be one’s faith, but again that means the “first cause” would still be reason. An appeal to emotion is still an appeal to reason....   [tags: philosophy, chrisitans, reality]
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The Principles of Contradiction and Sufficient Reason - Leibniz writes in Monadology that his Principles of Contradiction and Sufficient Reason are the basis of the theories found within the piece. While it can be said that the principles alone are rudimental, one may find that, in conjunction with the Principle of the Best, the Predicate-in-Notion Principle, the Complete Concept Principle, and the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles, the group of axioms cement a highly convincing argument. The Principle of Contradiction states that a proposition cannot be true and false at once....   [tags: philosophy, contingent turths, god] 1711 words
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The Period of Enlightenment or Period of Reason - The Period of Enlightenment (or plainly the Enlightenment or Period of Reason) was a traditional movement of intellectuals commencing in the late 17th- and 18th-century Europe emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. Its intention was to reform area employing reason, trial thoughts based in rehearse and faith, and advance vision across the logical method. It promoted logical believe, skepticism, and intellectual interchange. It challenged superstition and intolerance, alongside the Catholic Church as a favorite target....   [tags: complexity, government, powers] 2333 words
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The Life and Times of Multivac - Humanity is threatened by the overwhelming growth of science and technology. People are expanding their knowledge through observation and experiment, oblivious to the consequences that result from improper motive. Isaac Asimov—author of The Life and Times of Multivac—uses the science of numbers, or mathematics, as a solution to the fear that arises in a world controlled by a human-like machine. What human beings are afraid of is losing the very word that separates them from everything else in the world—human, and they will do whatever they can to keep that title to themselves....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Isaac Asimov] 909 words
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The Interdependence Between Faith and Reason - ... Everyone has reason, as they do faith, to at least some degree. For example, a young child may believe in his parents’ ability to protect him. Without knowing the moral, social, and biological expectations, the child could still believe. Maybe the parents are limps, blind, or deaf. The child could still feel safety with his parents without understanding the reasoning behind it. James would argue that it is perfectly fine for the child to believe without understanding as long as the child is benefiting from this belief....   [tags: evidence, God, belief] 781 words
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The Role of Reason in Human Behavior - Freud and Thomas Hobbes disagree with Plato and Aristotle regarding the role of reason in human behavior, and all four of these disagree with Jean-Paul Sartre on the same question. Describe. Freud, Hobbes, Aristotle, Plato, and Sartre was all well-known philosophers which each one had their own theory on human behavior. The two philosophers Freud and Thomas Hobbes disagreed with Plato and Aristotle concerning their explanations about the behavior of humans. Freud theory is human behavior was out right egotistical and belligerent but on the other hand Hobbes theory point out that humans is merely like a natural device which is motivated by self desires....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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The Fountainhead: The Irrationality of Reason - Reason is the opportune quintessence of logic. Ayn Rand’s “Fountainhead” explores the assets and disadvantages of employing reason as a weapon of persuasion. The protagonist of the novel, Howard Roark, is reason. He symbolizes, epitomizes, and embodies living logic. Assuming individualism, he achieves complex thought processes, simultaneously exploring the theme of the novel—society’s manipulation of individualism. As reason, Roark is faced with constant opposition—every semblance of his person is shunned, negated, and trampled solely for the presumption of his potential threat....   [tags: Literature]
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The Compatibility of Faith and Reason - In today’s modern western society, it has become increasingly popular to not identify with any religion, namely Christianity. The outlook that people have today on the existence of God and the role that He plays in our world has changed drastically since the Enlightenment Period. Many look solely to the concept of reason, or the phenomenon that allows human beings to use their senses to draw conclusions about the world around them, to try and understand the environment that they live in. However, there are some that look to faith, or the concept of believing in a higher power as the reason for our existence....   [tags: christianity, God]
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Humans are the Reason for the Endangerment of Tigers - ... The ban was made to help protect the tigers, but hunters still found a way past it. “No threat is driving tigers more rapidly toward extinction than poaching for consumption and trade,” this is a very accurate statement because tigers are not disappearing on their own. Even though China did place a ban on tiger products, tigers were still hunted and sold around on a black market. Tigers are also constantly in a competition with humans over prey. Due to this, people could say that tigers are taking all of their food sources and that is why they are constantly hunting them (O'Neill)....   [tags: habitat, hunters, money] 2165 words
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Faith and Reason: Can They Coexist? - ... I imagined myself in his situation and it made me question what kept him going. What would keep a man who was so new to a country and already facing so many struggles on his feet and pushing forward. When I inquired about this he simply smiled and said to me in broken English that his strength came from three places; the love of his life, his two children, and the faith he had that his god would see him through. According to Pascal there is no way to prove that god exists. He gives use two reasons....   [tags: philosophical, sense, hope, trust] 1070 words
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Reason in Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" - The Fountainhead is the story of an individual, Ayn Rand’s vision of the ideal man. It is the tale of his unabashed refutal of tradition, his struggle against conventionality, and his eventual triumph over the parasites who fear and lust after his greatness. This man, Howard Roark, succeeds because he thinks of his own accord and embraces reason. While others let themselves be controlled by tradition and trends of public opinion, Roark only follows his own logical judgement. That is why—in the midst of a sea of “second-handers,” people who live only in others’ eyes—Roark stands alone and magnificent....   [tags: Character Analysis, Individualism]
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The Meanings of Reason and Emotion - When studying the meanings of reason and emotion it is often that reason is defined as being synonymous with logic, and emotion with spontaneity. Common associations relate logic with conscious thought and contemplation, and emotion with impulse and reflex. Emotions can undermine reasoning when they “run away with us” (Bastien 66), clouding our judgments and causing us to make bad choices. However, emotion can also enhance reasoning by giving useful guidance whenever the environment fails to provide all the information needed for thoughtful analysis....   [tags: emotions, logic, reasoning] 1160 words
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Reason to Oppose the Proposition 19 - Proposition 19 served as a new initiative on the November 2nd, 2010, California ballot, to regulate and tax marijuana. Many reasons exist to contest this proposition. First, at a state and federal level one can not find a sufficient system to prevent the dispersion of cannabis to minors. Second, contemporary drivers already have a multitude of distractions that may impair their driving such as: alcohol and the use of a cell-phone for talking, browsing the internet, or sending a text message. The government does not need to permit marijuana, which by extension, will serve as an additional dangerous influence for motorists....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Faith and Reason: Creacionists and Evolutionists - Many people believe that Christians have to reject evolution in order to believe in the biblical account of creation in Genesis 1. Scholar and author John Walton, as well as physician, Francis Collins argue that this is not necessarily true. Walton reminds us that we have to read the Bible carefully, as it was not written for us but for the Israelites. Walton also argues that observing natural effects does not mean that we have to remove God from our thoughts. He cannot just reveal all the scientific details that were going to occur because the past generations would not understand....   [tags: religion, christians, bible]
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War: A Reason and a Solution - ... War is an everlasting struggle that seems like a black hole which consumes everything that is around it, sucking all the light out of this world. But the only thing anyone could blame war on is the greed of men and women and their love for materialistic attachments, which tie him or her to this world. They think that power will grant them immortality. The foundation of war profiting has only helped the greed that is in the soul of men and women justify the act of war with a fat check at the end on the month....   [tags: pointless mass conflict] 521 words
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The Good Life: Reason and Religion - A good life can be defined with continuous happiness, various accomplishments, and everlasting prosperity. The eternal desire for a good life has influenced philosophers and their reasoning throughout the years. Many have followed ancient religions; while others followed the modern belief of listening to your heart and therefore one’s self. Pascal, Luther, and Augustine are some of the philosophers who followed religion, and believed it to be the ultimate way of achieving a good life. Other preachers like Rousseau and Nietzsche believed in following one’s heart and conscious in order to achieve the desired goal....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Enlightenment Philosophers : Reason and Ration - The time was 18th century Europe, ideas were flowing and intellectuals were making a name for themselves in academics. Many well-educated and cultured members of the humankind were digging deeper into their brains to make up reason for all that happens on Earth and beyond. The philosophers Denis Diderot, Voltaire, Cesare Beccaria, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke contributed to the Enlightenment by educating people of Western Europe on the ideas of logic and philosophy to help explain the world around them....   [tags: revolutionary ideas] 1232 words
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The True Reason to Celebrate Christmas - ... The word "holiday" actually came from "holy day," which declared certain days like saints' feasts and Christmas to be dedicated to God. Now, Christmas decorations are brought out in stores immediately after Halloween; ads promoting holiday and blow-out sales are found in newspapers and on TV, and shopping for presents begins at least one month before Christmas does. Internet sources such as Wikipedia say that giving and receiving gifts is the core of Christmas. Adrian Rogers, a Christian broadcaster, said that Americans are "...too involved with other things," and we have "...no room for Jesus."(Rogers, Adrian) Not only has the meaning of Christmas been lost due to all the focus on want...   [tags: purpose, holiday, secular, money, gifts, christ] 550 words
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Are Dreams the Reason for Mythology? - ... For example, Great Mother is the primary nurturer, she protects and consoles and has been influential to the development of humans. Archetypes are also characterized by typical figures common to psychic activity in every culture through history; and they also help us understand human personality and to connect to a much broader, divine realm. This allows a connection to form between archetypes and myths because archetypes are not only used again and again in myths, but they explain the nature of the world and life....   [tags: archetypes, symbols, campbell's model] 1168 words
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The Real Reason for JFK's Assassination - ... The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was not the work of a lone gunman. President Kennedy was assassinated because of his unpopularity among several motivated groups and could have been murdered by any or a combination of them, including but not limited to Cuban expatriates, The Mafia, The Military Industrial Complex, and the American Government led by LBJ himself. Many people believe there is a connection between Cuba and the assassination of John F....   [tags: conspiracy theories] 600 words
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Habit is Stronger than Reason - “Habit is stronger than reason” I believe that habit is, indeed stronger than reason. However, to completely prove this statement we should first understand what exactly constitutes a habit. Habits can be anything from day to day routine like brushing our teeth or combing our hair to the very knowledge we are taught. It is a tendency to do something routinely or on a regular basis or an automatic reaction to certain situations (I want to rethink my definition). Habits are often hard to give up and habitual urges can often be stronger than reason....   [tags: logic, routine, society] 548 words
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Integration of Reason and Emotion - In Chapter 4 of Lesbian Ethics, Sarah Hoagland argues that desire is a socially and politically constructed perception and that in today’s heterosexual society the current concept of desire forces and perpetuates the split between reason and emotion. Hoagland focuses on sexual desire, however her analysis can be applied to the desires of any person, object, or action. I will give an account of Hoagland’s view on desire, and reason and emotion; I will analyze three things that I desire: my career, developing a family, and making enough money for that family to live comfortably, why I desire them and how my desires are socially constructed; I will finish by determining, based on my analysis of...   [tags: Desire, Socially Constructed, Evidence]
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Internal Reason and the Emotions - The greatest human challenge is to try and understand oneself. To understand oneself is to understand why we have feelings, how we interact within ourselves, what is actually occurring in our internal psychological conflicts, and if our thoughts are rational in comparison to our feelings. An internal psychological conflict can come down to just the simple decision between what is right and what is wrong. The ancients describe this as “what I think is best” versus “what I really want and desire to do right now”....   [tags: Aristotle, Stoic Views]
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Faith, Reason, Belief and Action - “The three center-points of a Christian theology are beyond doubt the doctrine of a triune God, of God the Word made manifest in the flesh of Christ, and of God the Spirit who expounds the revelation of love in the Church and in her members.”1 While the first of these three, the triune God, begs no question from the church, the latter two seem to transcend the minds of the Catholic clergy. “God the Word” signifies that both belief and faith are pillars of understanding in the Catholic tradition....   [tags: Religion]
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Glorifying the Age of Reason - ... But to discard of ignorance that was so widespread at his time is not easy, so he had to come up with a way for people to figure things out. These two really set up the method for everyone else to figure things out and this method is known as the Scientific Method. Isaac Newton, another great thinker/mathematician/physicist of The Enlightenment took the ideas of Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes and took them beyond imagination. He created a branch of math called calculus and also the laws of gravity and the laws of motion....   [tags: englightenment, imagination, advancement] 578 words
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Everything Happens for a Reason - “Everything happens for a reason.” This was the last thing that my young philosophical mind told me. I had now lost the ability to think philosophically indefinitely. This incident is something that sounds really dubious, but is absolutely real. This was after my grandfather’s death – first death in my family since my birth, and before my experiences of hearing words that weren’t said, and seeing things that weren’t there. I used to be an obsessively compulsive and hyperactive person before this incident – and now I was calm, emotionless and fearless of death, which was sure to come....   [tags: detachment, sadhguru, mercy]
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The Reason Why Teens Runaway - In a person’s life, their teen years may be very stressful. In these years they try and find out who they are and who they want to be. Most runaways have been known as throw aways for many years. They might run from family problems all the way to bullying at school. Also, they might run from addictions or just because they think they got it bad. People will never understand or know the full reason of why teens runaway. There are many reasons why teenagers runaway but some are more common than others....   [tags: family problems, sexual abuse, run away]
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The Reason Why Children Misbehave - ... Secondly, it builds child's confidence. Thirdly, it makes the child responsible of his choices. fourthly, it strengthens the relationship between parents and their child. However, some parents are against discipline their children, because they think it effects their psyche and there is no need for punishment . They will grow up and learn. Moreover, cruelty to children can be a reason of why children misbehave. Cruelty make the child behave wrongly as a reaction , and this cruelty includes two types either beating or insulting , and both types are wrong ways....   [tags: parent, misbehavior, discipline, rearing]
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Reason People are Prescribed Stimulants - Stimulants are a type of medication prescribed to treat various medical conditions. A stimulant is a drug that excites any bodily function, more specifically those that increase brain and central nervous system activity (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). When stimulant medications are taken, dopamine and norepinephrine levels are increased which helps transmit signals between nerves in the brain which increase brain activity. This medication promotes the brain to be alert, increase motor activity and, wakefulness which why it is prescribed to treat many medical conditions....   [tags: medication, dopamine, norepinephrine]
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Everything happens for a reason - Voltaire and Kosinski’s literature works are two of the significant artistic work of the eighteenth and twentieth century. Although the artistic works were produced during different periods, they have strong basis of numerous human nature which demonstrates the human association. Flipping from one page to the next of the products of two shrewd authors, many related thematic issues are revealed including stupidity, foolishness, optimism among others. However, one of the most important themes espoused in the contents is that of “everything that happens in human life has a reason” (Voltaire, 1950)....   [tags: Voltiare and Kosinski] 2025 words
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Theory of Knowledge and Reason - ... The Vikings did not purposely try to attack churches in the first place, but because of the text written by the church members, the Vikings were wrongly depicted and historians came to know the past through those bias texts. If historians had not found texts that prove otherwise, Vikings would still be considered as a violent and cruel race. The purpose of a historian isn't only trying to understand the past it is also to make sure that the future population will have gained knowledge about past mistakes and will have learned from them....   [tags: history, the human sciences, population] 1381 words
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The Reason to Study Mathematics - From a very young age, I was intrigued as to how everything around me worked. From what makes Vehicles move to how images appear on a screen. It wasn't until I began to learn Physics in school, that I was given a more detailed understanding of how all the instrumental parts come together, to create a piece of machinery as simple as a Light Switch. It is one of those objects we use every single day, however it is unlikely that the average person gives much thought to what is behind the wall, what it is that makes the Light Switch work so effortlessly....   [tags: everyday, use, problem, solving] 563 words
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Everything Happens for a Reason - ... “Look, if you don't want to talk about it now. We can talk about it late--” “No!” I said earnestly, “We can talk about it now, it's fine. I'm fine.” I point to my face and I give her an exaggerated smile. “See?” “ You're acting weird,” she said, furrowing her brow. “Well, maybe you're acting weird,” I said while emulating her expression. She smiles at me. It pains me to know how determined she is to leave ... to leave me. “ It has been three whole days since our conversation, and she has yet to tell our mother about the move....   [tags: memoir friendly letter] 948 words
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Faith, Reason, and Imagination - Each of our faiths and reasoning are based on our cultural beliefs, behavior, and how we come to rationalize sense in our lives; along with a belief that does not require proof. Reason holds justification and intellectual faculty by which our conclusions are based via a truth or non-truth in why we are faithful. The enriched imagination that one holds is part of that “something special” which helps progress our lives to the next level giving freedom to feel, think, and wonder all the possibilities of life has to offer....   [tags: Christianity ]
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Humans' Ability to Reason - ... History has in fact proven that some people are capable of doing what is morally right, while others only surfaced their morality after being exposed to some form of religion guidance. This view that religion is a good source of moral guidance is seriously an essential piece of the people’s outlook on everything in the natural world. In this paper i will explore the view that supports religion as a model of moral guidance as well as the opposing view. From the stand of those people who do good things in this world for the sake of God....   [tags: communicate, think morals] 922 words
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Amir's Voice of Reason - Who among us has been so fortunate as to have a childhood mentor that has transcended from childhood into adulthood. In the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir, the novel’s protagonist, was privileged with several luxuries during his childhood in Kabul, one of which was a lifetime mentor, Rahim Khan. After suffering the loss of a mother, Rahim stepped in providing a balance to the parental figures in Amirs life. Rahim Khan serves as the book’s moral center with Hassan, the good humble innocent, at one end of the spectrum and Amir, the selfish weak culprit at the other extreme....   [tags: Literary Review ] 916 words
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Reason for Commercial Breaks - ... I would leave all my work and sit in front of the television at 9:00pm. I wouldn’t even allow my dad to watch the prime time news of CNN at that time. Well those old days passed and now Baywatch comes in the afternoon. But one thing hasn’t changed about it, the time being allotted to commercials. Even when the show was running on peak prime time, it was composed of forty-five minutes of the show and around fifteen minutes of commercials. And even during the afternoon broadcast it’s still the same....   [tags: Television, Publicity] 810 words
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The Age of Reason - The Age of Reason The Age of Reason was a period in time that took place from the Peace of Utrecht (1713), to the French Revolution of 1789. It was a period when reason basically replaced religion as the guiding principle in art, thought, and the governance of men. Unquestioned acceptance of the old order of society and the old ways of statecraft yielded to a new spirit of critical inquiry which demanded some rational justification for the existing social system. People thought that the general application of reason would free Europe from the artificialities, restrictions, injustices, and superstitions which that was inherited from the Dark Ages....   [tags: history] 880 words
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The Age Of Reason - The eighteenth century saw unprecedented growth of literature and the arts in Europe and America. Britain during this time period also enjoyed prolonged periods of civil peace that stood in sharp contrast to the bloody and protracted civil and international conflicts that lasted throughout the 17th century. Furthermore, as the rising middle classes increasingly sought both education and leisure entertainment, the marketplace for artistic production swelled dramatically. One of the most critical elements of the 18th century was the increasing availability of printed material, both for readers and authors....   [tags: Romanticism Essays] 2455 words
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The Ecstasy of Reason - In the Bacchae, Euripides questions the authority of god versus man and man's allegiance to the gods. Pentheus is caught in a unique struggle of maintaining authority in his own kingdom and keeping allegiance to his favored god Apollo. The appearance of Dionysus in Thebes raises a conflict for Pentheus in that he can not accept the authority of a god other than the one he has chosen to revere within his kingdom. Pentheus resists Dionysus supreme authority as a show of solidarity with Apollo and the laws of reason versus Dionysus and the disruption of civil order....   [tags: World Literature] 899 words
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The Balance of Sense and Reason: Othello’s Over Reliance on Reason - Iago asserts that sense and reason cooperate as if they were on a balance, and that if sense were not governed by reason “our natures would conduct us to the most preposterous conclusions”(1.3.324–25), so, by this view, when one focuses on sense more than reason, their lusts will cause them to do terrible things. Iago does not see any drawbacks from uncontrolled reason, and he does not believe that love is more than “a lust of the blood and a permission of the will” (1.3.329), but in the play the opposite seems to be true....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Similar Themes in Joseph Conrad´s Heart of Darkness and T.S Eliot´s The Hollow Men - ... In his visits with Kurtz’s “Intended”, he realizes that her elegance, her “guileless, profound, confident, and trustful” face, and her desire for Kurtz to make a name for himself had forced him into going to Africa to discover riches. As Marlow retells it, Kurtz never had a desire to journey to Africa in search of a job in the ivory trading business, but because his engagement with the “Intended” “had been disapproved by her people” because “he wasn’t rich enough or something” (70) demonstrates the fact that he had no direction of his own—he simply followed what the world led him to believe....   [tags: Society, Reason]
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Ethical Judgements in the Arts and Sciences - ... Ethical judgments are imposed after the art has been created, meaning that ethical judgments do not limit the methods available on how the arts produce knowledge. But according to my definition, how could someone judge whether a type of art is more ethical than the other. Would the person be quantifying how ethical something might be compared to another. Furthermore, can the society prevent an artist from making art. An artist wouldn’t be stopped from creating art, but he/she would be stopped from presenting the art, in the preponderance of cases....   [tags: Emotion, Reason] 1367 words
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Passion vs Reason - It is human nature to desire freedom and yearn passion, yet it is also human nature to obtain acceptance and follow reason. It is a never ending battle between passion and reason; without reason there is no acceptance, without passion there is no freedom. In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Jane strongly struggles between passion and reason. Though Jane loves Mr. Rochester, her employer at Thornfield Hall, she has certain values to uphold in order to conform with society. Jane does not let her affections overtake her morality, though her return to Mr....   [tags: History, The Victorian Era] 867 words
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The Enlightentment of Age of Reason Sparked Change - ... Many of the enlightened writers saw what was happening in the Caribbean island of Jamaica and were appalled. The luxurious items of Europe such as sugar and tobacco were gotten through harsh slave labor in horrible conditions. Enlightened Reformers saw this with disgust as people received sugar and other cash crops by the blood of the slaves. Slavery became an important concept because of the disgust of the enlightened thinkers. Jean-Jacques Rousseau saw this and wrote his book the Discourse of the Origins of the Human Inequalities in 1754 on the inequality seen through slavery and how it contradicted enlightened beliefs....   [tags: slavery, scientific revolution, inequality] 1035 words
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Discuss the roles of Language and Reason in History - Title Discuss the roles of Language and Reason in History Most of the knowledge that we possess today is a result of the learning and findings that have already occurred- in our past. And we still continue to learn everyday. The past - our History - covers the entirety of time. But the significance of History is such that the events that previously took place have led to this day and provided us with a better understanding of where we stand in the world today from where we were when the first group of Homo Erectus spread out from a village in Africa (Chandra 5)....   [tags: Language ]
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The Age of Enlightenment or Age of Reason Analysis - The “Age of Enlightenment” also known as the “Age of Reason” took place around Europe between the 17th and 18th century. It was a movement that took place to emphasize the use of reason and science in the world. In addition, it was to enlighten or shed light upon the use of factual reasoning and promote the use of evidence when doing things. Thinkers and well-known philosophers of the time such as Voltaire, Diderot, D'Alembert, Descartes, Montesquieu and more were beginning to understand and promote reasoning beyond the traditional ways of doing things....   [tags: reasoning, enlightment, rationalism] 648 words
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17th Century Witers: The Age of Reason - ... Examples of his ideas were: (Chapter 11) Happiness is a continual progress of desires from one object to another, the attaining of one being merely the path to the next. The object of mans desire is not to enjoy something only once, but to assure All mens voluntary actions and inclinations tend to procure and assure a centered life. Desire for praise disposes men to praiseworthy actions- ones that will please the people who seek judgement they value. Frugality makes a man unlikely to succeed in actions that requires the strength of many men at once....   [tags: renaissance, shakespeare]
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Rational Reason for Divorce in The Views of Christianity - Screams fill the room to a point of no return, as the walls hold back the fierce fighting between the two. A young boy sits shaking in the corner not knowing what to do, or where to go as he watches the battle continue to fire hoping this one does not reach the point of no return. As the little boy watches on only imaging his memories of the last and hoping for the end, suddenly a loud bang fills the house and the little boy notices his father is gone once again. This same tragedy happens in many Christian homes across the world as many parents argue until the point of violence....   [tags: Marriage] 504 words
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