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Hegel's Contradiction in Human History - Human beings have been struggling to learn the meaning of life since the first day. Ideologies are born as human’s interpretation of the world and belief system, also an endeavor to seek the truth of human nature. Ideologies emerge throughout the periods of great changes: the Enlightenment, the English “Glorious” Revolution, the American Revolution, etc. They have become the motivations, the standards, and the roots to modern political systems. Their roots are the philosophies developed by famous philosophers throughout the time....   [tags: History, Philosophy]
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Dark + Romanticism= Contradiction - The misshapen, the ominous, and the gruesome; these are all words from the fascinating movement of Dark Romanticism which took place from 1828-1865. This movement embraced all of these irrational elements and shaped them into the most popular sub-genre of American literature. Life to the Dark Romantics was colorful, impulsive, and paradoxical. Unlike the Romantics, the Dark Romantics set their stories based on the wickedness of man and the repulsion of evil. The dark romantics believed that humans were equally capable of good or evil....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Biology, Pragmatism and Contradiction - Biology, Pragmatism and the Question of Contradiction ABSTRACT: In this article I present H. R. Maturana's work as an alternative that reinforces pragmatism in the task of thinking philosophy through the evolution of biological species. I try to demonstrate how Maturana's biology dilutes the principal argument against American Neo-pragmatism. This criticism uses the argument of performative contradiction as it has developed in the European Neo-Kantian philosophy. Thus, I begin by presenting Apel....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]
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Savage Contradiction in Heterotopia - Savage Contradiction in Heterotopia During the 1930's, the myth of "the people" was born. This myth stressed the importance of unity, and glorified the notion of "average," as evidenced in a prize-winning essay describing "the typical American boy," written by an eighth grader named Alfred Roberts, Jr., for a contest sponsored by the 1939-40 Fair New York World's Fair. This document, which claims that a typical American boy should be courageous, dependable, and loyal to his beliefs, was "clearly reflective of the values the Fair held dear" (Susman, 1980, p....   [tags: Culture Cultural Essays]
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Contradiction in Another Country - Contradiction in Another Country Another Country contradicts the age-old principle that the United States is a safeground for all people. James Baldwin compares living the life of a homosexual in Paris to living the life of a homosexual in the United States. The views of the French are much more liberal than the conservative views of the Americans. The life that Eric, the homosexual character in Baldwin's novel, leads in Paris is socially acceptable. Baldwin also depicts France as a haven for interracial relationships....   [tags: Another] 561 words
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The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love - The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love Two conflicting disciplines are prevalent throughout Arthurian Legend; that of chivalry and that of courtly love. The ideal of each clash throughout the medieval tales, and it is impossible to interfuse the two models for society. Chivalry is a masculine code, an aggressive discipline, whereas courtly love is based upon women - their needs, wants, and desires. The consistent problem if Lancelot and Guinevere’s adulterous relationship in different tellings of the affair relates back to the differences presented in chivalric code and courtly love ideals....   [tags: Love Chivalry Courtly Essays] 909 words
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Contradiction Between Morals in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone: Contradiction Between Morals In Ancient Greece, new ideals surfaced as answers to life's complicated questions. These new beliefs were centered on the expanding field of science. Man was focused on more than the Gods or heavenly concerns. A government that was ruled by the people was suggested as opposed to a monarchy that had existed for many years. Freedom of religion was encouraged in city-states. These new ideals, though good in intentions, often conflicted with each other creating complex moral dilemmas....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1036 words
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Huck's Contradiction in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Huck's Contradiction in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn       In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck was a boy who thought very little of himself, but had a huge impact on others.  His moral standing was based on what is easier, right or wrong.  He lived the way he wanted to live, and no one told him otherwise.  He had the adventure of a lifetime, and yet he learned along the way. Although Huck has certain beliefs about himself, his actions and decisions contradict these beliefs....   [tags: Adventures Huckleberry Huck Finn Essays]
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Romantic Contradiction in the Poetry of John Donne - Romantic Contradiction in the Poetry of John Donne John Donne's poem "Elegy 19: To His Mistress Going to Bed" is closely related to "The Sun Rising" in its treatment of love, lust, and togetherness. Both discuss and argue different stances on the same topics, but are united by their language and development. The structure of "Elegy 19" and use of poetic techniques relate it directly and indirectly to "The Sun Rising". In "Elegy 19", there are forty-eight lines of adoration of the mistress of the title; this poem is full of reverence, veneration, and respect for the female form....   [tags: Poetry Poems Poem] 999 words
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The Contradiction between Beliefs and Actions in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - One of the oldest problems of humanity is the contradiction between beliefs and actions. The Shepardsons and the Grangerfords act out this contradiction in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Contradictions One of the oldest problems of humanity is the contradiction between beliefs and actions. The Shepardsons and the Grangerfords act out this contradiction in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Although these families attend church and pay lip service to the teachings of the church, they do not live by these teachings....   [tags: English Literature]
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Perspectivism and Truth in Nietzsche’s Philosophy: A Critical Look at the Apparent Contradiction - Perspectivism and Truth in Nietzsche’s Philosophy: A Critical Look at the Apparent Contradiction “There are no truths,” states one. “Well, if so, then is your statement true?” asks another. This statement and following question go a long way in demonstrating the crucial problem that any investigator of Nietzsche’s conceptions of perspectivism and truth encounters. How can one who believes that one’s conception of truth depends on the perspective from which one writes (as Nietzsche seems to believe) also posit anything resembling a universal truth (as Nietzsche seems to present the will to power, eternal recurrence, and the Übermensch)....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Yes, I am aware this is a Contradiction - I believe that the Broncos are going to own this football season. Yes, I believe that, but that’s not my main belief. Could I go on and on for pages and pages on that belief. You bet I could, but I’m not going to. Instead I’m going to tell you why I believe I shouldn’t have to write this essay. The number one reason why I believe I shouldn’t have to write this essay is that I’m not in school, which means that I don’t want to do anything that is work related. I just want to sit on my butt, watch movies, be obnoxious, and maybe improve my nonexistent Call of Duty skills....   [tags: Personal Experience] 840 words
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What Are Years: Moore's Cohesive Contradiction - ... The first set is the first three lines of each stanza in ABA form, representing dissention (the middle line prevents unity), and the second set is a couplet at the end of each stanza, representing unity. Secondly, she sets up words with meanings opposite of one another, and brings them together in some way. Guilt and innocence are opposing terms, yet no one in their nakedness is exclusively one or the other. Furthermore, Moore ties the end of life with the creation account in Genesis. The first three lines suggest Adam and Eve’s sin; guilt in eating the fruit bore death, and made us aware of our nakedness....   [tags: mortality, soul, courage, meditation]
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A Shakespearean Contradiction to White Domination of Black Slaves: Exposing Religion’s Contamination of Love and Peace - England’s unnatural hate plagues the vulnerable community of black emigrants, religion with war corrupting natural love, in all its diversity, in hopes to purify sin. An enlightening argument provides the inspiring conflicts for William Shakespeare’s composition of Othello, a play that exposes the evolution of racism. Immediately following the integration of black-skinned individuals into Elizabethan culture, the ignorant Christian ideology coalesce Satan’s appearance with anyone born black, a conviction corroborated with centuries of anecdotal evidence....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Contradiction to Relationship: The African American Slave Family - Human beings are born with a tabula rasa. This is a theory that explains that people are born without a pre-existing knowledge of their identity. It further describes that human knowledge and the development of their nature comes from experiences and interactions with other human beings. These types of interactions can turn into relationships, which can aid in personal growth and also bring in a strong support system during times of crisis. One of the first places a person may find this type of support and connection is in a stable family....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Childhood Contradictions - Childhood Contradictions 1. Memories from my childhood are scarce and cloudy at best. Everything is distorted and it always seems like everyone is bigger than you, in more ways than one. From what I do remember, a major player in my development as a child was the overwhelming feeling of confusion. More times than not, I was confused by at least one of many things (authority, my own identity, physical, mental and emotional changes, etc). A child's confusion is due to the massive series of contradictions that is childhood itself....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Apparent Contradictions in the Bible - We Can Trust Scriptures vs. Can We Trust Scriptures. For a Christian, Scriptures are the basis of what he believes. Scriptures are inspired by God and one can be sure that Scriptures never lie, because God simply cannot lie. God leads us ONLY to the truth: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). The Bible itself tells us that it is a good teacher and we may use it to teach others: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16) Nevertheless, if the Bible does contain contradictions, that has to mean that God is contradicting Himself....   [tags: Christianity, Religion, Scriptures] 1327 words
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Juxtaposing the Most Similar Contradiction in Edgar Allan Poe's Work - Throughout all of Edgar Allan Poe's works are common ideas that oppose each such as madness versus sanity, reality versus the imagined reality and life versus death. Usually these sentiments are taken as contrasting ideas with little similarities to each other, like black and white. However, many of these motifs are situated in the grey category. Poe uses the communal thought pathway to highlight its antithesis; the pathway of grey. With the new pathway, he emphasizes the similarities of the opposing ideas until they meld into one solid grey idea....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Contradictions in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales - Contradictions in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales There is no question that contradictory values make up a major component of The Canterbury Tales. Fate vs. Fortuna, knowledge vs. experience and love vs. hate all embody Chaucer's famous work. These contrasting themes are an integral part of the complexity and sophistication of the book, as they provide for an ironic dichotomy to the creative plot development and undermine the superficial assumptions that might be made. The combination of completely contradictory motifs leads to the unusual stories and outcomes that come to play out in the tales....   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales Essays]
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Within the Mind of Macbeth - ... For example, later in the storyline when the prophesy says that Banquo will be “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater / Not so happy, yet much happier (Act 1, scene 3, 65-66*), we can pick up on subliminal hints as to the future psyche of both Macbeth and Banquo. While Macbeth may get what he wants, the kingship, and should be far happier than Banquo, he won’t be, because Banquo will unknowingly be a happier, and “greater”* man than Macbeth due to his clean conscience and for not having murdered anyone....   [tags: Shakespeare, Contradictions, Character Analysis] 885 words
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Contradictions in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Contradictions in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the play "Romeo and Juliet", Shakespeare uses contradictions both to involve his audience in the action and to highlight the important themes and events. The play was written on several different levels of understanding. It could be viewed as a simple, tragic love story but the conflicts within and between the characters give us a fascinating study of human nature. The contradictions within the text in the form of oxymorons and puns counter this simplicity and lead us to examine each line for its true purpose....   [tags: Papers] 1160 words
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Andrew Jackson: A Man of Contradition - Andrew Jackson has been described as a great hero of his time and a man who was atrocious and would destroy the Union. Andrew Jackson accomplished a great number of things during his life but some of his actions were quite questionable. Looking from the present to the past gives insight into areas where the events can be examined more objectively. However, it is vital when examining past events to keep in mind the mindsets of the past. People had a different point of view and a different perspective than the current one....   [tags: Biography ]
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Babel, Color, and Kandinsky: Looking Beyond Contradictions in “My First Goose” - The most common thread in Isaac Babel’s The Red Calvary criticism is evident. In one article alone the critic describes the collection as “a vision of polarity and paradox,” “a tangle of irresolvable ambiguities,” and “a paradoxical world in which irreconcilable polarities are at the foundation” (Luplow 216, 223, 230). In the article, “Babel’s Red Cavalry: Epic and Pathos, History and Culture,” Milton includes a tedious list of contradictions for reader to explore: “the way of violence versus the way of peace, Cossack versus Jew, the new revolutionary order versus traditional society, noble savage versus civilized man, and a pair that may subsume all of these—nature versus culture” (Milton 231)....   [tags: Artwork]
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Contradictions of Character in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - “Manners are the happy way of doing things” according to Ralph Waldo Emerson. According to Emerson people use manners as a front to make themselves look better. Inherently, this will lead to a contradiction of the front and the reality. One such man who is most concerned with manners is the protagonist of Shaw’s Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins. Higgins is a man who displays contradictions within his character. He is in the business of teaching proper manners, although lacks them himself. In addition, Higgins is an intelligent man, and yet he is ignorant of the feelings of those around him....   [tags: Professor Henry Higgins] 976 words
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Examine the contradictions in The Great Gatsby, including its narrative - Examine the contradictions in The Great Gatsby, including its narrative styles. The novel moves on two levels: Fitzgerald makes you see the magic and romance of Gatsby's vision of ideal love, dazzling the eye with wealth; yet, at the same time, the narrator pulls us down to earth revealing the immorality, waste and corruption of those who surround Gatsby and cause his death. Examine the contradictions in The Great Gatsby, including its narrative styles. One of Fitzgerald's main aims is to show the reader that the world he illustrates in The Great Gatsby includes both dazzling wealth and corruption, both of which are evident in American society of the 1920s....   [tags: English Literature] 2949 words
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Christian Contradictions - Christian Contradictions THESIS STATEMENT: If only the Christians were allowed to profess their faith and do what ever they want to in express to their faith, then non of these would have happened. Way back before when Christianity was still a bud starting to grow and become a full-bloom flower, a lot of people especially the Roman emperors could not accept it. They condemned and persecuted the Christians who would profess their faith. When Christianity was finally accepted, still there were still people who contradict with the Christian faith....   [tags: Papers] 728 words
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Contradictions in "The Adventures of Arabella" - The majority of Charlotte Lennox’s 1752 novel The Female Quixote, or The Adventures of Arabella focuses on outward actions and appearances, particularly those of its eccentric heroine, Arabella, who conducts herself according to conventions of the romances she spent her life reading. A genre dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome, romance generally deals with the loves and adventures of the nobility, and within the world of The Female Quixote, this definition narrows to refer predominately to English translations of seventeenth-century French narratives, usually set in an idealized vision of the Classical World....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Contradicting Character of The Sniper - Contradicting Character of The Sniper In this Irish war we have two sides, but this can also be reflected in the two sides within the Sniper himself. The Sniper seems experienced yet amateur, cold yet emotional, lusting for war yet hating it, self-assured yet vulnerable, and clear-minded yet mad; he is a living contradiction. The Sniper exhibits qualities that are both experienced and amateur. O’Flaherty describes the Sniper as “a man who is used to looking at death”, from which we can infer that the sniper has seen many deaths, since a person who is exposed frequently to death gradually grows senseless to it....   [tags: The Sniper] 1123 words
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Contradictions in the Great Gatsby - Contradictions in the Great Gatsby They were known as the roaring twenty’s because the economy at the time was through the roof and people were partying all over the place. At the time there was a prohibition on the manufacturing and sales of intoxicating drinks. Since a lot of people did not feel like drinking gin they made in their bathtubs all the time, there was a huge market for organized crime. Organized criminals catered to the needs of the drinking public by illegally supplying them with liquor and made a fortune doing it....   [tags: English Literature] 1617 words
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Turkmenistan: A Nation of Contradictions - Turkmenistan: A Nation of Contradictions In October 2001, the Central Asian country Turkmenistan celebrated its tenth year of independence. Formerly the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (T.S.S.R), Turkmenistan gained its sovereignty with the collapse of its communist counterpart, the Soviet Union in 1991. However, there is much to be questioned about the status of the “democratic” republic which operates Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan functions as a government who has elected a lifelong dictator, supported the Taliban regime of Afghanistan, and allows no political opposition in any “democratic” function....   [tags: Turkmenistan Turkmenistanian Essays]
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Social Contradictions in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground - Social Contradictions in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground Notes from the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a truly remarkable novel. Dostoyevsky's novels probe the cause of human action. They questioned conventional wisdom of what drove humans and offered insight into the inner workings and torments of the human soul. In Notes from Underground, Dostoyevsky relates the viewpoints and doings of a very peculiar man. The man is peculiar because of his lack of self-respect, his sadistic and masochistic tendencies, and his horrible delight in inflicting emotional pain on himself and others....   [tags: Notes from the Underground Essays] 968 words
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Context and Contradictions in Plato's Phaedrus and Plato's Symposium - Context and Contradictions in Plato's Phaedrus and Plato's Symposium It is well known that Plato, a devoted student of Socrates, chronicled many of Socrates' speeches and conversations. Every so often one can find instances where Socrates and other players in these conversations seem to contradict themselves, or at least muddle their arguments. One such occurrence of this is in Plato's Symposium and Plato's Phaedrus. Both texts speak of love in its physical sense, both texts describe love and its effects, and both discuss how it is best realized, yet they do this in very different fashions, and for different reasons....   [tags: Plato Socrates Phaedrus Symposium Papers]
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Contradictions between freedom and slavery - Slavery played an overwhelming role throughout the history of the United States. The riches created by the unpaid labor of African Americans helped to guarantee the country’s industrial revolution and succeeding economic strength. Yet, that wealth created incredible political power for slaveholders and their representatives. African American slaves brought with them many languages, cultures and values, which helped shaped America and it’s exceptional cultural and natural environment. Continuing a brutally cruel system, African slaves developed a profound commitment to liberty and became a living testament to the powerful ideal of freedom....   [tags: Race in America] 1450 words
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The Contradictions in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics - When I think about what makes me happiest in life, I put my family and friends at the top of the list. I know that there is no way I would be who I am today without them. My family loves me and has taught me most of what I know about how to live. Friends have taught me so much more about myself than I could ever have imagined; how to laugh at myself, how to love myself, how to learn from my mistakes, etc. All these people in my life have given me so much and I have in return offered what I have to give....   [tags: Philosophy Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle ] 786 words
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Getting Learical: Gods, Elements and Amusing (or Heartrending) Self-Contradictions - When Lear is metaphorically stripped of his manhood in Act Two, Scene Four of the play that bears his name, the audience is left to ponder over the quantifiable loss of power which accompanies the man who has been duped out of his kingdom by his daughters. Surely Shakespeare’s use of a specific number of men serves to provide a concrete example of the sad old man’s dwindling power. The scene is almost always staged to portray a pathetic Lear, betrayed by his daughters, bereft of a kingdom and ripped from his one-hundred soldiers – his last possession and sole-signifier of his time as king....   [tags: literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1627 words
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The War Poems of Wilfred Owen - Contradicting the Classical Ideas of Heroism and Romanticism - Contradicting the Classical Ideas of Heroism and Romanticism in Dulce et Decorum est, The Send Off, But I Was Looking At The Permanent Stars, The Deadbeat soldier, Counter Attack, Metal Cases and other War Poems by Wilfred Owen      Owen displays the reality of war, atypically shown in 20th century literature. By divulging the secrecies and terrors of brutal warfare, he exposes the superficiality of valor and false heroism; through his vivid writing, he opens the eyelids of his readers and discloses, “the old lie (Owen, Dulce et Decorum est, 25)....   [tags: Dulce et Decorum est The Send Off]
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Muscle Contraction - The nervous system performs its functions as neurons (nerve cells that transmit nerve impulses) innervate muscle structures. For a muscle to contract, the nervous system must first receive sensory inputs. During this process, sensory neurons take nerve impulses from sensory receptors in the skin and other organs to the central nervous system (i.e. brain and spinal cord) in response to external and internal stimuli. For example, to open a book by arm muscle contraction, continual sensory input to the central nervous system from the eyes and hands must be made to inform the position of the book....   [tags: Biology] 447 words
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Contradicting Symbolism in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" - Joseph Conrad utilizes several important literary techniques throughout his story Heart of Darkness. One predominant method of his storytelling is the use of contrasting sensory imagery between black and white and altering the symbolism the colors entail. This theme is clearly prevalent when we read of Marlow's childhood dreams and when comparing and contrasting the Africans, the Europeans, and the corruption of the ivory trade. Generally, Africa and Africans are described in terms of blackness, symbolic of darkness, evil, and corruption....   [tags: American Literature] 902 words
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Argumentative Speech on Baseball Contraction - Baseball Contraction will only hurt the Game I. Introduction A.     Baseball is the American pastime and has been played for over 125 years. B.     It is an organization that has teams in both the United States and Canada and it also boasts players from countries all over the world. C.     It is also a league that has been criticized for giving its players absurd contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Internal Preview--Major League Baseball is a multi-billion dollar organization with aristocrat billionaire owners and the most powerful union organization ever in the Major League Baseball Players Association....   [tags: essays research papers] 834 words
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Contraction and Spread of Streptococcus pyogenes - Contraction and Spread of Streptococcus pyogenes Abstract: Streptococcus pyogenes is a very common bacteria found in humans. It is very transmissible and can be caught through the air via coughing or sneezing. This form of Strep. illness is referred to as Streptococcal pharyngitis, also known as Strep. throat, which can complicate into Scarlet Fever. It is also possible to be infected through abrasions of the skin, which can result in cellulitis, impetigo, or even necrotizing fasciitis. Aside from human to human contact, these bacteria can also be found in unpasteurized milk....   [tags: Biomedical Bacteria Step Throat] 1340 words
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Expansion and Contraction of Materials - Expansion and Contraction of Materials When most materials are heated they expand and this increase their volume. One example of expansion is the fitting of the starter ring gear to the flywheel. The gear is heated until it expands sufficiently to pass over the rim of the flywheel, and when it is cool the gear tries to return to its original size, this gripping the flywheel with considerable force. All metals do not expand equally when heated through the same range of temperature, e.g. aluminium alloy expands more than cast iron; copper and brass expand more than mild steel....   [tags: Papers] 902 words
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The Possible Mechanisms of Scrapie Contraction - The Possible Mechanisms of Scrapie Contraction Scrapie was first discovered in Great Britain in the late 1900’s. The first case of scrapie in the United States was found in Michigan in 1947 when the flock owner had imported sheep of British origin several years prior. Since then scientists have researched to find the cause of the scrapie agent that are classified as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. At the present, scientists have presented three main theories that explain why the scrapie agent holds a dangerous threat against its host and how it elicits its symptoms....   [tags: Biology Medical Biomedical]
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Action of Myofibrils In Muscular Contraction and ATP as an Energy Source for Muscular Contraction - Action of Myofibrils In Muscular Contraction and ATP as an Energy Source for Muscular Contraction Abstract: The objective of this research was to determine how myofibrils and ATP are involved and/or altered in muscular contraction. I analyzed the structure of myofibrils and their subunits of myosin and actin. I then determined that myosin shortens actin, carrying out a muscular contraction, by forming cross-bridges between the myosin heads and the actin filaments. I also discovered how ATP is used in muscular contraction and then replaced by undergoing a reaction with PCr....   [tags: Biology Muscle]
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Relational Dialectics Theory - Comparing relationships to unicycles seems strange or unlikely, however the constant strive for balance against opposing forces is a perfect description for relational dialectics theory (Griffin, 2009). Barbara Montgomery, an interpersonal communication scholar, describes riding a unicycle as a task of contradicting forces, constantly pulling against each other in a tug-of-war motion. The best way to control the wheel is by the constant changes in movement, adapting one way or the other, to maintain control over the fall (Griffin)....   [tags: Psychology]
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Mill’s Objection to Kant’s Moral Theory - John Stuart Mill famously criticized Immanuel Kant and his theory of the Categorical Imperative by arguing that, “[Kant] fails… to show that there would be any contradiction, any logical (not to say physical) impossibility, in the adoption by all rational beings of the most outrageously immoral rules of conduct. All he shows is that the consequences of their universal adoption would be such as no one would choose to incur.” If accurate, this is a debilitating criticism of Kant’s moral theory as he had intended it....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Relational Dialectics: A Research Report - Relational Dialectics: A Research Report This research of Relational Dialectics Theory refers to the book titled A Handbook of Personal Relationships, edited by Steve Duck. The title "A Dialectical Perspective on Communication Strategies in Relationship Development," written by Lesile Baxter, presents the basic strategies for an ideal relationship . The theories in which Baxter discusses describe the communication actions that a coulpe must use to establish, maintain, and dissolve their personal relationships....   [tags: Relationships Sociology Sociological Papers]
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Abortion and Prenatal Harm - Abortion and Prenatal Harm There is a basic contradiction involved in permitting abortion while at the same time prohibiting prenatal harm. (1) This contradiction can be stated in personhood terms and in terms of the woman's rights. I'd like to elucidate that contradiction and examine three solutions which rise out of current literature; I'd like then to propose a somewhat new, fourth solution. The Contradiction Stated in terms of personhood, the contradiction is this: abortion is permitted or condoned because the fetus (2) is not a person, but prenatal harm is prohibited or condemned because the fetus is a person....   [tags: Argumentative Pregnancy Papers] 4061 words
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Faith in Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard - Kierkegaard believes that true faith can only be attained through a double movement of giving up rationality or logic, while at the same time believing one can understand logically. In “Fear and Trembling” Kierkegaard relates true faith to the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith; in this paper, I will examine this claim and show why Kierkegaard’s analogy is an excellent metaphor for the double movement which is required in one’s quest to attain faith and why. Kierkegaard’s position on faith is represented with the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith....   [tags: Faith Literary Analysis]
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