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Monday, April 7, 2014

Today's Discussion: Group 2, Section 12

Yo! The semester is winding down quickly, and we'll only have a few more of these till presentation time!  Speaking of which, our group began our discussion by talking about exams and reports. Everyone seemed to be pleased with their latest test grade (especially the one who guessed correctly on all those True/False questions!), and some of us were happy to learn that our average from the first two exams exceeded that all-important goal of 90%.

As for final reports, we all seem to still be mulling over what to choose as a topic, as well as our means of reporting. Now's the time to make those decisions, because time is running out!

After getting business out of the way, we began the philosophical leg of our discussion with Dr. Oliver's suggestion:  Are the more sophisticated pleasures in life more enjoyable than some of those more base pleasures?  I, for one, find playing with a puppy just as fun as listening to a symphony, if not more so. At the end of the day, it's "different strokes for different folks."

We then transitioned to the topic of evolution. Opinions were varied on the subject.  Some said that it is still a theory, and it can't be proven at this point.  Others thought it seemed pretty legit.  I mentioned that the fact that humans are about a foot taller than they were a century ago suggests adaptation, a prerequisite for evolution. Speaking of humans, I also questioned what type of adaptation we have forced on other species by adapting the world to suit our own needs/desires.

We somehow ended our discussion on the subject of generations and the future.  We noted that generation gaps are quickly shrinking, from 10-15 years in the past, to as little as three or four years now. We wondered if our generation will be like some of our parents that are confused by current technology.  Our generation basically grew up as computers and the Internet were developing into what we have today, and most of us think we'll stay up-to-date as we get older. Our consensus seemed to be that we'll be keeping up with future technology more easily than the Baby Boomers are currently.

We're still waiting for all the cool stuff from The Jetsons to come around now, although the show is set in the year 2062.
However, this is a thing: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/tech/are-flying-cars-finally-becoming-a-reality/

See y'all Wednesday! BTW, how will you feel if UConn wins both NCAA basketball championships AGAIN?



  1. jason dziadosz12:45 PM CDT

    on Karl Marx:

    FQ: What historic event/era created the conditions which inspired much of Marx's Philosophy?

    FQ: What two social classes were at odds with each other, according to Marx?

    DQ: I've heard so many people say that Communism looks great on "paper", but doesn't work in practice. Why??

    LINK: http://listverse.com/2013/01/17/10-reasons-why-communism-sucks/

  2. Morganne Stanfill10:08 PM CDT

    On Kierkegaard:

    FQ: Who wrote the book Fear and Trembling, which was about Abraham's thoughts and feelings during the attempted sacrifice of his son Issac? Kierkegaard (LH 152-153)

    DQ: Kierkegaard wrote a lot about decision making after his choice to call off an engagement; one of his books gives the reader the choice of a life of pleasure and chasing beauty or a life based on moral rules. Which would you chose? Why? Which life do you think would be more fulfilling?

    LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q70ZXD4Qvbo

  3. on Karl Marx

    FQ: Who wrote the community Manifesto in 1848? Marx
    DQ: Do you believe that one day capitalism will destroy itself or has time so far told that it won't?
    Link: http://youtu.be/txSYAY1xjZo

  4. FQ: How did Karl Marx die?
    DQ: Does progress within a community only work because of the underlying economic force?
    Link: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1877/06/karl-marx.htm