Up@dawn 2.0

Monday, August 12, 2013

Introductions

Our first homework assignment:


M 26/T27 - GETTING ACQUAINTED. Introduce yourself by replying online (before our 2d class meeting) to this post, and read classmates' introductions. Address these questions as personally and as philosophically as you like: Who are you? Why are you here? (in this class, at this school, in this state & nation, on this planet...)  Please include your section # (H, 16, or 17) with your first name.

(Bear in mind, this site is not filtered or segregated from the rest of the web... so, be as circumspect as you think you must. There's no reason to think Grandma or the Big Bad Wolf are lurking, but you never know.)

103 comments:

  1. I'll start. I'm Dr. Phil Oliver ("James Philip" on the birth certificate). I've been teaching at MTSU for over a decade. I was born in Missouri, got my undergrad degree at Mizzou and a PhD in Philosophy at Vanderbilt. I live in Nashville with my wife and daughter, a High School student. Another daughter is just beginning college in Memphis. (I've sort of gotten used to my commute.) I'm fond of my dogs, slightly less fond of our cat. I like baseball but have come to detest football, for the violence it inflicts on its players and on the sensibility of some of its fans and (along with other major college athletics) on the university's academic integrity. But I should really save that diatribe for later. Go Blue!

    I teach courses on Atheism & Philosophy, Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, and the Philosophy of Happiness (among others).

    I'm an early riser, and like to write first thing in the morning while sipping my coffee. I also like to integrate my teaching, writing, blogging, tweeting, and living as much as possible. Hence the links at the top of this page to my most recent "Up@dawn" posts, which often pertain to the upcoming day's course content.

    Why am I here? Because I was bitten by the philosophy bug in college, was given a scholarship to pursue my studies at Vanderbilt, married a Tennessean, and was offered a job by MTSU. Beyond that, well... why we think we're here is a discussion we'll be having throughout the semester. I'm looking forward to it!

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    1. Anonymous2:47 PM CDT

      Damon McCook (16)

      I am a Junior studing Psychology. I join Marine Corps after high school. Been in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I went to UT for 3 years and decided I wanted to live on the beach, so I moved back to California. I moved to Nashville 4 years ago. Currently I train dogs for a living. I train protection dogs, police dogs, narcotic dogs, service dogs, and also everyday pet dogs.

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    2. Mabel Rodriguez10:16 PM CDT

      I am Mabel Rodriguez. I was born in Nashville, and lived in TN all my life. I'm a nutrition major. I am here because I didn't like Lipscomb University and MTSU was my next choice. I'm glad I'm here because I am thoroughly enjoying my classes and I'm 100 times more comfortable.

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    3. Savannah Shipman (H)
      Hey everyone! My name is Savannah Shipman. I live here in Murfreesboro and will be graduating in the Spring. I am currently applying to multiple graduate schools all over the country. I believe this is a great time to be in a philosophy class because I am currently at a crossroads in my life where I may take many different paths. I enjoy exploring differing philosophies, making connections to my own life, and working on my book which relies heavily on my own opinions of life, influenced by all things I come into contact with. I look forward to this semester! :)

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    4. Evan Mason3:13 PM CDT

      H01-
      I am a grouping of atoms forming molecules, forming compounds, forming macromolecules, forming DNA, forming organelles, forming cells, forming tissues, forming organs, forming an organ system, forming an organism, forming sentience, and forming the all to interesting questions of who am i, and why am i here? First and foremost i am a Human. Beyond that i am an individual both like and unlike everyone else in a vast amount of ways. I am Evan Mason, but i have gone by many names in the past. I am a biologist. I am a Martial Artist studying the art and philosophy of Wing Chun. I am an Altruistic being here to help others. I love to learn and love to live life. I live by the code of the wolf and it has become a large part of my philosophy on life.

      I am here for two reasons
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      2. To learn philosophy.
      -many other functions

      And to spread the wonder an happiness life has to offer to those who do not see life as such a wonderful gift. To live, to learn, to philosophize, and to hopefully one day find the question to life, the universe, and everything, or at least find Marvin and make him tell me.

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  2. I am a student at MTSU studying Computer Engineering. I've been a student for a long time, and while amassing over 130 credit hours has been nothing short of delightful, employers seem to think that doesn't actually qualify me for anything. So in the pursuit of said degree, and due to Universities not having any well thought out method for having common degree requirements nor any ability to transfer credits in a logical manner, I find myself in need of another Humanities course. So here I am. Why Philosophy? Because I've taken enough English and History courses to last me through several undergraduate degrees, and it is probably time I branched out. I look forward to hearing your insights and input and working with you all in the near future.

    Anthony, 1030-17

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  3. Kristin (16) I am a freshman majoring in Global Studies because I love learning about other cultures and plan to study abroad. I live in Murfreesboro, so I came to MTSU because it was the most convenient option. Since I like learning about different ways of thinking, and I had to pick something, I thought philosophy could be an interesting class.

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  4. Andrew (16) I am a Junior at MTSU majoring in Electro Mechanic Engineering. I have switched majors twice, once each year, but am hoping to have finally found my calling. I was born in Indiana but was raised in Franklin Tennessee.

    I choose to take a philosophy class both because it was a general requirement and to hopefully answer the questions "Who am I?" and "Why am I here" or even "What is the meaning of life".

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  5. Ricky (16) Straight-forwardly answering the questions, I'm from Oakland, California..I'm a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice Administration. I switched from Mechanical Engineering because I realized it really wasn't something I wanted to do. In the list of classes, philosophy stuck out to me so I decided to give it a shot.

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    1. Anonymous2:42 PM CDT

      Im from Richmond California.

      Damon McCook

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  6. Unique 1030-016 Hi my name is Unique. I am a Freshman majoring in Recording Industry with a concentration of Music Business. I decided to take this class because it just seemed like an interesting class to take. I'm here at college because higher education has always been the goal. I love learning when the topic interests me.

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    1. Your name IS unique, I like it!

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    2. Thanks!

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  7. Austin (16) My name is probably listed as John on the class roll because that's my first name, but I go by my middle name, Austin. I am from the small town of Rockvale, Tennessee. I am a sophomore studying Mass Communication with a focus on film and television, in hopes of becoming a director or screenwriter. I am taking Philosophy because I need it to fill a humanities credit and it sounds interesting.

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  8. Anonymous6:37 PM CDT

    Anthony (16) I am a freshman and I will be majoring in Aerospace specifically Air Traffic Control. I live in Forest City, North Carolina and I came to MTSU because of the Aerospace program. Honestly, I picked Philosophy because I took some Philosophy courses in high school also, I didn't want to take Music Appreciation.

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  9. Anonymous7:28 PM CDT

    Taylore(16)Hello everyone, My name is Taylore.I am from Jackson,TN.I am a junior majoring in Nursing. I am taking this course because it is a required general education course for other nursing programs in Tennessee. In the event that I am not accepted into MTSU Nursing Program i will have satisfied course requirements to apply for surrounding programs.

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  10. Anonymous8:38 PM CDT

    Yijia---E.E(1030-16)
    Hi,Philosophy fans. Up there is my name and I am from China. I've been in USA for about 2 years. Everything goes on just great here. I'm a pre-nursing major and already have a psychology bachelor degree. I think Philosophy is a course that could make people smarter,it is also a subject that people always fight on. I'm looking forward to having a debate based on some international Philosophy gap since I am from Asia. *_*

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    1. The international Philosophy gap may be narrower than the intra-national, in some ways. There are aspects of Tennessee life that are still alien to me, and I've lived here for over 30 years. But did you know that John Dewey was hugely popular in China in the 1920s & 1930s? Or that Emerson and Thoreau were profoundly influenced by Asian philosophy?

      Anyway, I still marvel at your fluency in spoken English. And envy it. I look forward to hearing your perspective on the amazing changes that have come to your homeland in recent years.

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  11. I am a student at MTSU. I am a freshmen this year. I just graduated high school this year with the Class of 2013. I had graduated at the age of 16. My major is Criminal Justice Law Enforcement. I also do have a business in which I sell services that we use everyday like internet, tv, cell phone, home phone, etc. for residents and business. I personally enjoy philosophy because it is a subject that entertains me every time. I always learn something new from it. I have taken Latin before. I plan on learning more that I can use anytime I get into a debate with someone on this subject.

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    1. Sorry, forgot to mention my name. My name is Jegesh Patel, I do go by Jay. And I am in PHIL 1030 Section 17.

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    2. You get into debates on Latin?

      (Just kidding.)

      Sounds like you have tech skills. Wonderful,it's all pretty much Greek to me!

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  12. Posted for Abigail Jones (she's having technical problems, maybe one of you can suggest a fix?)...

    Hello. I'm Abigail (16) but I go by Abby. I'm from Knoxville (go vols!) and a sophomore transfer student from TTU. I am double majoring in mass comm - public relations and ORCO. I am taking this class because my uncle is a philosophy professor in Kentucky and I have always been curious to know what kinds of things he teaches.
    Also, I posted this earlier but I did not see it show up...so if it posted twice, I'm sorry!

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  13. Hi folks, my name is Chelsea. I'm in section 17. I'm a junior majoring in English with a creative writing concentration. This is my first semester at MTSU after taking a two year break from school. I've wanted to take a philosophy course for a while but this is the first time I've had the opportunity.

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  14. Anonymous9:32 AM CDT

    Hi my name is LaShunda(17)and I am originally from Gadsden, TN. I've moved around a lot in my childhood due to being an army brat. I joined the military myself back in 2009 and served on active duty for 4 years and now I'm in the Navy Reserves. When I got out the Navy I lived in California and attended school at California State University Eastbay. I ended up back in TN to be closer to my family. This is would be my first semester here at MTSU. I'm a junior and I'm studying Health Education with a minor in Community and Public Health.

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    1. my parents live in humboldt!!! like 10 minutes away from gadsden... you arent in my class but i had to say something

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  15. Hi y'all, my name's Brandon (as seen above). Who am I? I am a Freshman at MTSU studying Criminal Justice, but I also have an interest in Philosophy. Why am I here? I am on the planet to obey the God of the Bible, and part of that obedience is educating myself about worldviews that are different from my own.

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  16. Bianca (16)10:27 AM CDT

    Hi! My name is Bianca (after Mick Jagger's ex wife), I am a freshman majoring in Public Relations. Who am I? I rather define myself through my personality rather than my own name. I'd like to say that I am adventurous person who is open to try new things. I like to view life as a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. Why am I here? Even though I am Christian and believe that I am here to fulfill the word of God as His prophet, I also like to keep an open mind and enjoy learning from other perspectives, because Christianity is not the only religion or belief we have in the world, and how could one learn with a closed mind?

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    1. i really like that you said you are a Christian,which i am not, BUTTT that you also said that you keep an open mind about other perspectives. in my opinion that is a great way to be. like seriously you're awesome for that.

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  17. Avery (17)11:53 AM CDT

    Hello! My name is Avery, I'm a freshman that recently changed majors (already) from Diagnostic Medical Sonography to Anthropology. Instead of following in the footsteps of my medically inclined family I hope to be a missionary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Middle East. Quite honestly this semester may be my first and last in college because the Lord has blessed me with an opportunity to go to Turkey and Lebanon starting in December. So...until then I'm here to lead any to the Lord that want to receive His Gift, and also to learn all that I can (because honestly I would have eaten the fruit too).

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  18. Hi! My name is Molly Brown (17) and I am a student at MTSU. This is my second year at MTSU. I came to college right out of high school. I am majoring in Psychology to become a clinical psychologist. Therefore, I have a lot of class ahead of me. I am going full time and working part time at GBYGuess. I drive to campus from Smyrna. I just recently moved out of my parents house. It makes the drive shorter to work and school. I said this in class but I will remind everyone the reason I am at MTSU is because I have moved so many times before college that unlike all my other classmates in high school that wanted to get away from TN I wanted to finally stay somewhere. So MTSU meet that requirement for me. I hope that MTSU can make my life plans happen for me as I am putting in the work to make it work out. I am pretty driven and out going kind of person. I ask a lot of questions so I believe this class is right where I am suppose to be and I also am not just earning my general credit I am working on learning more about topics for the field of psychology because I think Philosophy goes hand and hand. Although, I am not a big reader I am keeping an open mind to this course.

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  19. My name is Kazon (16) I am a freshman at MTSU majoring in the Recording Industry. I have been recording and writing music since I was 12 years old. And I consider myself to be a conscious rapper. And I wanted to take philosophy because I feel that sometimes I blend that into my songs because I am a very deep thinker. Finally, I hope MTSU will create a path of inevitable success for me when chasing my dream.

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    1. the problem with most rappers today in my opinion is that they dont think deeper. they simply repeat words over and over again not even rhyming or making sense. yet they're famous for repeating words and making random sounds into a microphone " buh buh buh". deep thinking is the way to connect to people who feel the same way you do. you're awesome!

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  20. Jonathan Bogasky1:11 PM CDT

    I'm Jake(16). I'm a freshman at MTSU. I've been in the Army for almost 5 years now and have done one tour in Iraq. I'm majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience and I'm not too sure yet if I want to pursue a graduate degree or stay in the military because everyone knows there's not much you can do with a BA in psychology. I'm taking philosophy to help myself achieve a higher level of thinking.

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  21. Hey y'all. My name is Rachel (17). I am a freshman here at MTSU. I don't have a long story as to why I am here. I'm here simply because I need a college education. I was originally going to go to Knoxville to be 6 hours away from home, but that didn't happen. I love the campus and the people here. My major is Psychology.I am changing it to Criminal Justice, though. I plan on attending law school after I graduate.

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  22. Michael "16"2:21 PM CDT

    My name is Michael, I am currently double majoring in Philosophy and Communications studies. I have always been interested in opening my mind and gaining knowledge from every life experience. I want to pursue a career in Film. I plan on using Philosophy as a tool to see things with a different perspective then most in the industry. I moved here from LaCrosse, Wi to be with my wonderful girlfriend and to use the Nashville area to get connections.

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  23. Hi. My name is Taylor Reed (17). I was born in Big Island, Louisiana but I've lived in Murfreesboro for about 8 years. I'm a sophomore at MTSU. I'm majoring in International Relations and my minor is Anthropology. I hope some day to work for a diplomatic mission and eventually teach at a university. I love to read and I recently moved to a cooperative. We live in private cabins, we farm and raise chickens. There's about a hundred acres to hike and explore as well. It's my personal paradise.
    I'm taking Philosophy so I can gain a new approach of thinking when it comes to reason, existence and knowledge.

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  24. Hi, my name is Seneca. I am taking this Philosophy class because I had a good experience with my two high school philosophy classes, and hope to relive that experience of learning other's ideas. MTSU's horse science program is why I'm at this school.

    Yet, for a more philosophical level, I am here on this earth for the purpose of loving and enjoying God and His creation. Soren Kierkegaard (commonly referred to as the first existentialist philosopher) says, "God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners." I believe that we could all come to the point of existentialism, feeling as though the world is meaningless, unless we either 1. believe in the hope (future certainty) that Christ will restore the world to perfection or 2. find another way to just "cope" in this messy life.

    Anyway, this is just a preview of my thoughts on why I am here. More thoughts to come during class and on this blog. I am also looking forward to hearing many other worldviews!!!

    ~Seneca (H)

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    1. Mitchell9:48 PM CDT

      If I may add to this, I would like to point out that existentialism is the central philosophy to all philosophies. Everything that we do in philosophy all center around existence, so every question we ask about who we are, what we do, and why we do it eventually comes back to how and why we exist in the first place. That's why things like absolute truth are so important to discuss since how we view life directly changes our actions. I, for one, find worldview discussions intensely exciting. This class shall be one to remember.

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    2. Indeed, I do agree that existentialism- discussing existence- is the basis for all philosophies.
      I did, however, mean to imply that existentialism, as a worldview, exudes a hopeless feeling; and I believe that in observing this world, one would have to come to the conclusion that something is not right. I believe this feeling causes me to look to Christ and the Gospel, which acknowledges the futility of life, but also gives us meaning TO LIVE and to look to Him for a hope (future certainty) of becoming restored to an meaningful and perfect world.
      I also agree with you that discussing subjects like absolute truth is extremely exciting, and I, too, look forward to this class with anticipation!

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    3. Mitchell7:44 PM CDT

      I must agree with your analysis on the philosophy of existentialism itself. Well said, indeed.

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  25. Hailey Lawson2:55 PM CDT

    Hello! My name is Hailey Lawson (16). I'm a sophomore at MTSU, majoring in French and minoring in English. I'm an open mind and a free spirit, an artist in many ways, and an enthusiast of the human mind. I'm taking this Philosophy class because I want to experience and learn about different perspectives and ways of thinking, and I'm also hoping to have some interesting conversations with my classmates.

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    1. even if we arent in a group together im always open for conversations with you.

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  26. I am Samuel M. (16) I'm a sophomore majoring in music, and I came to school in search of a purpose. (also because I didn't know what else to do) I hope that philosophy will be interesting and help me broaden my way of thinking.

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  27. (16) Hi...

    Who am I? I'm an author. I'm the life of the party. I'm out-going. I'm creative. I'm Tink. My birth name is Tierney Letcher. I'm a sophomore who's majoring is Mass Communications - Journalism. I was born in Natchez, Mississippi but raised in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Why am I here? I'm talking Philosophy because I'm interested in seeing the world from through peoples' eyes (not literally, of course). I love to think outside of the box, and I believe that Philosophy will help me do so.

    :-)

    Btw, here's the link to the book that I published over the summer.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12/189-1892137-9572616?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=coping%20tierney%20letcher&sprefix=coping+tiern%2Caps%2C208&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acoping%20tierney%20letcher

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    1. i checked out your book. i would love to buy it but due to Mtsu verification BS im on a $$$ constraint right now but i would love to talk to you about it sometime!!!

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  28. Hey there,

    My name is Leigh Stanfield (HNR), and I'm a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Law. As for who I am, I suppose I am a...I don't want to just say writer, because while I do fit the bill, the bill doesn't fit me. Not entirely. Wordsmith, perhaps, would be a better name for it? Because while I enjoy writing - I've written several books and a screenplay, and am currently in the process of writing another which I actually intend to pursue publication for - I also enjoy other forms of communication. Public speaking is actually one of my favorite things to do. Debate, presentations, Socratic-style seminars - I enjoy all of it. Just the chance to express my own ideas and hear everyone else's. Our grasp of complex language is one of the many marvels of mankind, and I like to use that gift to the fullest.

    As for why I'm here, my reasons really vary. I've always enjoyed philosophy, just hearing the various perspectives people have had on the world and the people in it throughout history. It's truly fascinating to me to see how a singular species can have such a diverse interpretation of its surroundings.

    I chose Honors philosophy particularly because I thought the smaller class and expectation of higher-level critical thinking would make for a more engaging experience with the class. I believe I'll take a lot from this class, and I hope to at least offer something in return along the way.

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    1. Shannon Allen (H)8:21 PM CDT

      Hi, Leigh. I just want to compliment your writing and speaking style. You are definitely a "wordsmith." I put the word in quotes because I have never heard it before, but I quite fancy it. I look forward to hearing more from you in the rest of our classes.

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    2. Kayla Foe (H)5:19 PM CDT

      Hi Leigh! I agree with Shannon in that "wordsmith" is a wonderful term, and I may use it in the future. This has nothing to do with class, but as a literature nerd, I'm curious about your books and screenplay. I would love to know more about them! I'm looking forward to class with you this semester.

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  29. Hey my name is Shelby Holley, (1030-16), I'm a transferring sophomore from Mississippi College majoring in Health Education. I'm from Memphis, Tennessee. I'm a sports fanatic. I played sports all throughout my life continuing into high school with baseball and football and I played football last year at Mississippi College. Sports provide many ways of thinking and life lessons. I hope to share both those in my dream of becoming a baseball coach at hopefully a high level.
    I'm here because MTSU is where I would've gone had I not pursued football. I'm loving it here so far. I'm taking this class because it was the most interesting subject to choose from.

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  30. John Gleason (17)5:29 PM CDT

    Hello, everyone! My name is John Gleason, a nineteen year old sophomore and Political Science major with a minor in Economics. I was born in a suburb of Chicago, and I lived there for half of my life, so yes, I am a Yankee, and I hate this awful Southern summer heat. I am fervently praying for winter to come quickly, and for all my Game of Thrones fans... Winter IS Coming! From my previous statement you can probably tell that I a nerd for things like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. This mostly comes from my love of reading, especially in the fantasy genre. I am also in love with British television, culture, and government, and I plan to study abroad in England at least once during my time here at MTSU. I am also very passionate about is my faith as a Christian and my belief in God. I am very excited to learn more about philosophy because it has always been my personal belief that "knowledge is power," and seeing as philosophy is the "love of wisdom," I can't see a better course to take to expand my own "love of wisdom." I look forward to growing in knowledge with all of you and being able to share our ideas and learn from each other. See you all in class! - John Gleason (17)

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  31. Anonymous5:41 PM CDT

    Hello, I'm Kayla (17). I used to attend Nashville State where I studied photography and earned a degree in visual communications. You can check out my site at kaylapackphotography.com. I took a semester off and then transferred here to MTSU. This is my second semester here. I would tell you my major but it seems to constantly change. I'm here to learn while figuring that out.

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  32. Anonymous6:11 PM CDT

    Hey everyone! My name is Nathan Penland (17), and I am a junior Mathematics/Secondary Education major at MTSU. I like to make a lot of dumb jokes. I'm here because God has put me here both to grow spiritually myself, and to help others as much as I can. I enjoy both learning and teaching, and I have a passion for mathematics, which typically earns me a response of "ooh that's gross." I'm a youth pastor, nerd (before it became cool to be one, anyway), and socialite. I'm pretty easy going and consider myself easy to get along with, and I'm excited to get to know all you guys and see where this semester goes!

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  33. Anonymous6:11 PM CDT

    Hello, my name is Amy and I live here in Murfreesboro. I am a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in health and lifespan development. I decided to attend MTSU after sustaining a spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed. MTSU has awesome services for people with disabilities of all kinds. I was still in need of another humanities, so I chose to take philosophy rather than literature or music.

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  34. Hello, my name is Gretta I am currently trying to complete my last year of school. I'm taking this class to explore more about philosophy and expand my thought process.

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  35. Anonymous7:28 PM CDT

    Hello, I'm Kathryn (17). I am a sophomore with an undeclared major for the moment. I was a psych major but switched over to sociology. I'm now debating(in my head) whether I want to stay on that course or switch over to social work with double minors in African-American studies and investigative journalism. I'm a laid back kind of person with alot on my mind. I'm honest to a fault where it's considered "brutal" at times, but my opinion is just that, mine, but I also listen to the point of view of others. We are all our own unique persons and I look forward to a great semester in this class.

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  36. Anonymous7:31 PM CDT

    Hey my name is Bridgett Butler (17). I am transferring Junior from University of Arizona. However not all of my credits transferred so I am still a sophomore. I am from Nashville, Tennessee. I am an early childhood education major.

    I took a class in high school; theory of knowledge. It was basically a Philosophy class and I found it to be very interesting. I believe this class will be equally as intriguing.

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  37. Anonymous8:11 PM CDT

    My name is Ben Nguyen(16). I am a firm believer of the American dream. I enjoy learning new perspectives on everything in our universe. I came to college to expand on my level of thinking; I want to be a high level thinker.

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  38. Anonymous8:11 PM CDT

    Hi everyone! My name is Rabia Anwar (17) I am a sophomore here at MTSU and this is my second year. I am studying early childhood education and I used to be a pre-med student until I shadowed at Southern Hills Hospital and did not enjoy my experience in a hospital setting. I commute to school from Nashville, Tennessee. The real and honest reason why I am taking this philosophy class is because it is one of the few options of general required classes. I do hope that I learn interesting ideas though that may motivate me to pursue more knowledge in philosophy.

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  39. Shannon Allen (H)8:14 PM CDT

    Hi, my name is Shannon Allen (H). I am a chemistry major in the honors program here at MTSU. Unlike most people that I talk to, I love math and science. I am also an animal lover. Unfortunately, my apartment doesn't allow pets, but I have one dog that lives at my house with my parents, who are MTSU employees. I am also an MTSU employee. I work in a chemistry lab on campus doing Chinese botanical medicine research. I would gladly share where I am from, but I've lived in 5 states and don't really know how to answer that question. I have lived in Murfreesboro for about 6 years now.

    After class today, I don't feel like I fit in much. Like I said, I am a chemistry and math lover. I'm not familiar with many philosophers. Today's class was a bit intimidating because everyone was so well spoken and seemed far more educated in philosophy than I am, but I am eager to learn. Honestly, I am here in this class because I need 3 more honors credits this semester and my Buchanan friends recommended this class.

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    1. Mitchell9:54 PM CDT

      Addressing the specific comment of not fitting in, I would like to point out that philosophy doesn't have too much to do with the quality of one's presentation and far more to do with one's thought process. If you're conducting research into botanical medicine and are doing things with math and science, then you can surely think analytically. If anything, this class will stretch your mind in a new way which will strengthen it. Put some thought into the issues, and I think you'll do just fine.

      Hang in there!

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    2. Hey Shannon.

      Unfortunately, I'm horrid at putting names to faces, so I can't quite remember who you are. (I apparently have some sort of anterograde amnesia when it comes to that; it's an ongoing struggle). But for what it's worth, I'm not sure there really is such thing as "fitting in." We're all different; it's what makes things interesting. Besides, I know a lot of people - myself, for example - that would love to have your mad chemistry skills. So no worries! Look forward to seeing you in class Thursday!

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  40. Hey guys! My name is Jami (17). This is my first year at MTSU, majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science. I graduated from a tiny private school, so MTSU is quite the culture shock... As to why I'm in college, my goal in life is to run on the congressional ballot for Middle Tennessee. As to why I'm at MTSU, it's close to home and also very affordable. See ya'll in class tomorrow!

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  41. hello my name is maiya. (16)I am a sophomore majoring in psychology and an undecided minor that could possibly become philosophy. Who am I? is a question I've always asked myself but never really found an answer to... besides being a weird mixed kid. Why am I here? well i could always find a answer to that one even if they fluctuated at different times in my life. Perhaps I am here because my father decided that 10 years in the CFL was enough and went home to be with his mother in her last years. After her death, although leaving unresolved situations in Canada we never went back and I was raised here. I am left to question the unknown reasons we never returned after her death, what my life would have been. at a young age I questioned everything and never stopped; leading me to believe that the reason I am here is to question everything in search of logical sense and never stop even if I don't find an answer.

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  42. Hi, my name is Nikita Shokur. I was born and lived in Ukraine for 13 years and have been back there almost every summer since my move to United States. I am fluent in Russian and am a Junior at MTSU. I am a pre-med student majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Mathematics. The biggest reason why I am taking this class is because it a general education class that I feel like fits my personality the most. I love to look at other people's viewpoints and compare them to my own.

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  43. Jasmine Cyree9:37 PM CDT

    Hey hey! My Name is Jasmine Nicole Cyree(17). I am a nineteen year old second semester freshman. I'm an open-minded sweetheart, who loves Mother Earth and the beings on it. I'm addicted to Green Day, The Beatles, and Christian Bale. I love learning anything that doesn't have black and white answers. I love to think and asks questions. I'm a creative human being who likes to express myself through art. I am one with the universe, and the universe is one with me.

    I believe I'm here to enjoy the beauty of life and to feel emotions, to understand the life that Mother Earth has given us, and to welcome the unknown with open arms.

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  44. Mitchell10:07 PM CDT

    Guten Abend. You may tell from that opening that I know a little bit of German, not that knowing a little German will make a wit of difference in this class.

    At any rate, I shall reproduce here in a slightly modified form what I said in class earlier. At the superficial, who I am can be explained by stating my name--Mitchell Brisbon (H)--the fact that I am a martial artist, soccer player, and avid debater. (I spent all of middle and high school engaged in the latter.) Taking things beyond the superficial facts of my interactions with other people, I identify myself as a Child of the One True King, along with a couple of others in the Honors section. If we really look at who I am on the inside, we see that Jesus has redeemed me to the Father in one of the most amazing ways possible. 'Tis a wonderfully neat thing that God has done, though.

    Moving on, we come to why I am here. Again, looking at the superficial facts which other people see, I am in Honors Philosophy 1030 because it fulfills necessary Gen Ed hours, counts toward my major (if I recall correctly), and provides lower division Honors hours. Taken as an existential question, though, asking why I am here asks what my purpose in life is. The purpose of life (or, rather, one's perception of it) is determined by what sort of mindset one holds. As I've already stated, I am a Christian, so I believe that God has a purpose for every person who lives on this Earth; whether they live out that calling or not is another thing, but each person has something they are to do. My particular calling is to work in law (most probably) to revolutionize people's thinking about government and the purpose of government. The problem I see which requires a solution could be summarized by V's statement in "V for Vendetta": "...there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?" I aim to carry out God's calling for my life to the best of my ability.

    So, there is me. I am something of a radical in many of my views, a status I accept with a certain amount of pride. My good friends can tell you that I will argue about anything worth arguing about, so please engage me in argument. On the other hand, I will carry on an argument for quite a while if I can. I anticipate great discussion in this class, which will at least somewhat sate my appetite for argument.

    You have me. If I may reference "V for Vendetta" again, I am very pleased to meet you, and you may call me Mitchell (or Mitch, whichever strikes your fancy).

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    1. But on this most auspicious of blogs, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace reply, to quoth the character of this referenced persona: "Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the 'vox populi' now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
      Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me [Leigh]."

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    2. Mitchell8:48 AM CDT

      Ah, well-played indeed. Fortunately, you do not wear a Guy Fawkes mask, so I am not under the obligation of asking who you are, only to be reminded of the "paradox of asking a masked man who he is" (or, in this case, woman).

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    3. (*note: this is an aside and not really a philosophical comment)

      It appears as though I must view this film... Would either of you happen to posses said movie and be willing to permit it to me for borrowing purposes?

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    4. Mitchell7:47 PM CDT

      Unfortunately, I do not have it, Seneca, but it can be gotten on DVD from Netflix. I will warn you, it has some violence in it (nothing terrible, but there are some mildly bloody scenes), but if that doesn't bother you, then enjoy the movie. I will also note that the end message leaves the viewer in moral limbo, but that makes it an interesting discussion point.

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  45. Anonymous10:42 PM CDT

    My name is Jeffrey (16) I'm from Nashville and I'm here because i take a special interest in phycology and anthropology, along with philosophy and I'm thinking about declaring my major in that. I took a semester off to work and I was a recording, but i decided to get my moneys worth and go back for a different major.

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  46. Anonymous10:54 PM CDT

    (17)My name is Taylor Elder and I am from Nolensville, TN. I'm 18 years old and am taking the class because, honestly, it sounded interesting to me. I'm currently studying to get my Bachelor's degree in Journalism and hope to one day be a photojournalist for a wildlife/nature magazine.

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  47. Anonymous1:04 AM CDT

    I am Courtney (16). I am a freshman and a Psychology major. I decided to attend MTSU because I wanted to attend a large university in Tennessee. After graduating with only 13 other students, I wanted to experience a different type of life. I decided to take this class partially because it overlaps with my major, but mostly because my favorite high school teacher. In his English classes he always added philosophy to most of lessons. I continued to stay interested with any of these lectures, so I figured I would enjoy taking this class.

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  48. Anonymous2:48 AM CDT

    Hey my name is David Xayabudda (17) and I am from Murfreesboro, TN. I am currently a sophomore here at MTSU. As to why I am here, I am still trying to figure that out. I have yet to declare a major yet, but I have a desire to help people in anyway I can.

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  49. Anonymous8:36 AM CDT

    My name is Jordan Cornelius (16) and I am from Chattanooga. I'm a sophomore and a nursing major. I am here because I always heard that philosophy class would open my mind to a lot of thing and I am all about that.

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  50. My name is Corey (16) and I am from a town called Ethridge, Tennessee. I'm older than most traditional students because I've spent the last 7 years mostly concentrating on my military career and taking college courses when I had spare time. I am here because of an incident during my deployment last year that left me in a wheelchair for 3 months and completing a years worth of physical therapy. Which made me strongly reconsider my career choice.

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  51. Chelsea (16)9:44 AM CDT

    I am Chelsea (16). I am from Antioch, TN and have lived there for most of my life. I am here at MTSU to become educated and well rounded. Philosophy sounds like an interesting course to take and I am excited to be in this class while on my path to pharmacy school.

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  52. I am Tyler Hughes I am from Atlanta, GA. Although i did move to Clarksville, TN two years ago. I am here at MTSU to study Aerospace and more specifically i am in philosophy because it intrigues me. I look forward to more deep thinking.

    Philo 1030-17

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  53. My name is Michael (16) and I am from Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm a rising junior and a Psychology Major. I came to MTSU because, after living in Knoxville for thirteen years I didn't want to attend UT. I've never wanted to live in Memphis and APSU never sound like it was a good fit for me. I believe the reason that I am here on this planet is to help people. I want to be a counselor/psychiatrist and be the owner of my own practice. So I can do things the way I see fit, making the environment comfortable for the patient instead of the feeling and treatment they would receive at a typical counseling centers.

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  54. Anonymous10:19 AM CDT

    Hi. My name is Hunter. (16) I'm from Dyersburg TN, lived there most of my life. I moved home from North Carolina the end of last year, and started school in January. I owned a small business before I joined the service, something I plan to revisit. So I'm here studying accounting, because I doubt any of us will stop paying taxes anytime soon. ha

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  55. Anonymous11:44 AM CDT

    hello, my name is Kevin-17 I am attending MTSU for the next year after which I will be transferring to TN Tech in Cookeville to pursue a degree in engineering. I was home schooled K through 12th, and I am the fifth ten children (two girls and eight boys). I am attending CoPhi to open my mind and broaden my knowledge.

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  56. Anonymous12:00 PM CDT

    Hello. My name is Crystal Shantez Houston (17)and I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee where I was born and raised. I am fortunate to say that I am NOT a product of my environment. I am currently a sophomore at MTSU and I am planning to major in either Nursing, which is currently my major, or occupational therapy. I feel that I am here not only to live life "going with the flow" but to live it as positively and abundantly as I know how. I also feel that true happiness comes from within and life despite anything is what you make it. I am firm believer that "everything happens for a reason" and each day is a test of true character. I feel that I was placed on this earth for a special reason and it is my duty to fulfill this purpose.

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  57. Anonymous12:02 PM CDT

    hey my name is Shane Liddell (17) I am a sophmore at MTSU and a CIM major. I am from franklin TN and currently live in murfreesbor because i attend school here. I am here to get a good education amd further my knowledge in order to become successful in my career as a concrete major.

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  58. Anonymous12:31 PM CDT

    Hello, my name is Michael Anderson(H) and I am from McMinnville Tennessee. I am a freshman CIM major here at MTSU. I am the fourth child in my family to attend college here and I am taking Philosophy to improve the way I think and understand the world around me, as well as discover new ways of thinking and views on life. Through this class I hope to gain fresh perspective, a better understanding of how people think about the world around them and why they think the way they do.

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  59. Anonymous1:32 PM CDT

    Hi my name is Austin Gamble (17). I'm from cookeville tennessee. I enjoy hanging out with friends and having a good time. I am at MTSU because both of my parents went here. I'm a construction management major and a brother of Sigma Nu.

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  60. POSTED FOR ANNA [Anyone else having technical problems, send your post to me or to a groupmate to post for you until we find a solution.]

    My name is Anna Partlow (H). As for who I am, on the surface I am a studious, and horse-crazy, teacher. People who knew me growing up would say I am a "Perfect Partlow"( A stereotype that has followed my family for years) and that I was the weird homeschooler who didn't need to be included. For those who I count as my friends growing up would say that I am a swimmer/soccer player and bookworm, who is passionate about my faith and life. My true identity lies in my belief in the one King. Every other part of my life stems from that, leading to what I am doing here. My goal is to serve people to the glory of God, and to do that I want to be more knowledgable. I am studying Special Education with a minor in Equine Science and my goal is to be the Equine Specialist at a stable with a focus on Equine Assisted Therapy. As for why I am in the class, partly because it fulfills not only a Gen Ed but also because it is Honors. But more importantly because it is a subject that I am not very familiar with but feel like it will be a time of growing for me in many areas. I am excited to see what this semester holds!!

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    1. Mitchell7:53 PM CDT

      (For once Anna can see this): That's a neat concentration for equine therapy. If you're not familiar with them already, I would recommend contacting Sequatchie Valley International Preparatory Academy (SVPA). It's an equine-based, Christian boarding school in Dunlap, TN, about an hour to hour and a half from Chattanooga. It might furnish an internship opportunity or job at some point in the future. We know them through speech and debate stuff, so tell them you're connected to the Brisbons, and they'll probably listen (I would hope).

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    2. Thank you Mitchell :) I will check into that :)

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  61. Anonymous4:37 PM CDT

    Hi, my name is Jody Baltz(H). I'm a freshman here at MTSU. My major is in Aerospace with a concentration in technology. I am here to better myself by getting an education and a career that follows. I chose to take philosophy, because it has always interested me and I would love to learn how others think.

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  62. Anonymous5:02 PM CDT

    Hi, my name is Mathew Bohannon (17), but I go by Mat. I'm from Red Boiling Springs, TN. I'm currently starting my sophomore year here at MTSU. My major is finance and I'm hoping to make a career in the hedge fund industry. I hope to have an interesting semester in this class.

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  63. Kayla Foe (H)5:09 PM CDT

    Hi, my name is Kayla Foe (H). This is my third semester at college and my hope is to be accepted into the Nursing program here at MTSU, though the odds are most certainly not in my favor. Murfreesboro is all that I’ve truly ever known, aside from a week visit to Gatlinburg and another to Pittsburgh, PA, so I would describe myself as a restless soul. A part of me – the childish part that finds comfort in the familiar – wants to stay, because I know the streets and I have my family and friends; however, there is another part that wants to travel and gain an understanding of life outside Murfreesboro, outside Tennessee, and outside the U.S. That part of me loves to learn, and I hope to feed it this semester in this class, as I know little to nothing about philosophy. I prefer to observe rather than speak, and it seems to me that there will not be a shortage of ideas shared in this class. I’m looking forward to learning from and with you all.

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  64. Jennifer Boyd (H)7:24 PM CDT

    Hi, I'm Jennifer (H). I'm a Junior at MTSU studying Recording Industry with concentrations in Music Business and Audio Production. I'm a musician and intellectual and I'm both business minded and creative. My passion is music, and I hope to make my living helping other musicians reach their potential. I'm here (taking CoPhi) as one of my humanities because I love to think about things from multiple points of view, and I'm happy even if I never settle on any particular one.

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  65. POSTED FOR MEGAN.
    Hi, my name is Megan Sager (H). I am a freshman here at MTSU studying family and consumer sciences education. I believe God put me on earth to teach and that is what I plan to do. I am taking philosophy because I am very interested in learning about different philosophers and hear other student's opinions. I am a little shy because I have never been exposed to a class like this where you are free to express your own beliefs and debate with other's. So I hope I can gain a lot from this class.

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  66. Megan Sager (H)8:14 PM CDT

    Hi, my name is Megan Sager (H). I am a freshman here at MTSU studying family and consumer sciences education. I believe that God put me here on earth to teach and that is what I plan to do. I am taking philosophy because I am very interested in learning about different philosophers and hearing other student's opinions. I am a little shy because I have never been exposed to a class like this where you are free to express your own beliefs and debate with other people. So I hope I gain a lot from this class.

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  67. FRAKFRAKFRAKFRAKFRAKFRAKFRAKFRAKFRAK

    Okay, calm down...profound mode ON.

    On the surface, I am Kyle A. Jameson. I am a man, one who respects all manners of life. I am a player of video games, a peruser of fine entertainment, a skilled weaver of words. On a deeper level, I am a child of the world, the lord and the lady.

    As for why I am here...I am here to broaden my horizons.

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  68. Anonymous12:33 AM CDT

    I am Mitch (H). I am a junior: major-Biology, minor-Chemistry (I am contemplating a double major...but I am unsure). For the longest time I would have told anyone who met me that I knew exactly who I was. I would have told them that I was a Christian boy from a small town, who was a two time state championship football player who was beating the "Jock" stereotype to go and become a surgeon (I am aware that that sentence is probably a run on...english is by no means my area of expertise.) But since I got to college I have begun to see a new world unfolding before me, and frankly, that is unsettling. I feel that I no longer have a solid answer for the questions "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?”
    I was a football player in a football town...and because of that, most people knew who I was, not because they knew me, but because they saw me on Friday nights. I was fine with that then, but I wish that maybe they would have tried to get to know me for me. I do not regret playing football at all, for it has given me very important skills that I might not have gotten otherwise (motivated, driven, goal-oriented, and a leader by example)
    I am from a small town and looking back on home now, I see how close minded my town was. They did not readily accept those who were different or those who walked to the beat of their own drum. Now, I feel that EVERYONE has the right to be him/herself, no matter what other people think
    As for the physician thing, I had a long hard talk with myself and finally came to the conclusion that the only real reasons that I wanted to be a surgeon were: 1. I love science and 2. I wanted lots of $$$. In my small town, physicians were the only people who got to use science on a daily basis, so ipso-facto, if I wanted to use science, then I needed to be a doctor (I knew that there were other ways to use science, but this was the only profession that I got to see first hand). After getting to Murfreesboro and meeting some of the Science professors here, I got a first hand look at my other options. Money was no longer a factor...If I can make enough to get by, then I will be happy as long as I enjoy getting up everyday and going to do something I loved (instead of going to work). Research seems much more fun than surgery anyways
    As for being a Christian...I do not know what I believe anymore. I feel that I believed what I did because that is what my parents believed and that is what my parents wanted me to believe. I went to church and was involved there because that is what I felt was expected. Now, I am unsure of what I believe in...but I know that if I am going to believe in something, I want to believe in it because it is what I have chosen and not what another person has told me to believe (I know I said believe alot...sorry)
    One thing that has not changed about me is that I am a thinker...I like to think things through before I respond. I prefer to think than to talk.
    I have had two days to mull these questions over, and that is why this post is so very long
    I suppose I should answer the questions now
    Who am I?
    I am not entirely sure, other than I am a thinking individual with a sense of humor, who wants to better himself and the world around me
    Why am I here?
    Again, I am not 100% sure, but I hope that it is to make the things better for myself and/or others
    This is the first time I have shared some of these thoughts...so that is me.

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  69. Hi. My name is Olivia (H). I am a sophomore psychology major. I am a sister, a friend, an open mind, a listener, and an adventure seeker. I am a Christian. I believe that I am here to learn more about myself, others, ideas, the world, and most importantly to genuinely love people as I go.

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  70. Hello, my name is Draven (H). I am a freshman double majoring in journalism and German, but I'm thinking of changing the former to education. I'm here because philosophy is a subject that I really enjoy, and because I believe that the questions. "Who am I, and why am I here?" are the most important questions man has ever posed.

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  71. Hello. My name is Gavin (H). I am a sophomore majoring in Audio Production. I'm from Ithaca, NY. I'm a free-spirited and open-minded individual who loves intelligent discussion. I am black, white, and Cherokee. You'll probably recognize me for my massive afro. I'm a funny and outgoing guy who loves to talk, so never be afraid to start conversation with me. I've been told I can look mean if you don't know me, but I assure you that is not my intention.

    Why am I here? Honestly, I'm here in this class because it's a gen ed I need to graduate. As to why I'm here on this planet, that's something I haven't really figured out yet, and I'm okay with that.

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  72. Hello, my name is Graham (or Sterling, whichever you prefer) [H]. I am a freshman double majoring in Biology and Physics. I am an agnostic, a backpacker, and a general lover of the outdoors. I'm here, on Earth, at the purest sense, to continue and better my species. I also believe that we, as a race, have evolved past that to an extent. I live because I can, to gain knowledge, and to be overall happy in this short life that we all possess.

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  73. Posted for Ricky (sec.__)

    My definition of philosophy is like an outline or a backbone of life. You have the way you view things, such as beliefs, religion, morals, so on and so forth. To be honest, I didn't really pay much attention to philosophy and didn't know any philosophers at all but after doing some reading in Philosophy Bites Back, I'm starting to like what I see from Socrates so as of right now he's my favorite but as the readings progress things might change. Do I have a philosophy? I've never really put much thought into it. Well the way I live life is to go through it all and live it through with little to no regrets.

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