Up@dawn 2.0

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Team Ball is Lyfe (Section 12)

During class we enjoyed a nice peripatetic walk in the beautiful weather. While on our walk, we had a discussion about whether or not we were happy with our lives right now and if we could improve them by choosing a different philosophical view. Some of the things mentioned include that we would be happier if there was less discrimination, better moral decisions, and if people remembered to be grateful for what they have more often. The conversation then changed over to the topic of free will. Most of the people in our group, including Dr. Oliver, believe that there is certainly some form of free will available to us. Even if it is not true, because we feel like everything we do is a direct response of our choice, we consider it to be free will. I mentioned that I picture free will as a river, with everyone's personal free wills coming together like the streams that make up the river, and then this one big free will affects others. For example, we don't choose to be in a vehicle accident, but it is because of someone else's decisions that it happens.

As for the reading, I found that I agreed with Locke's point of view that someone can be the same man/woman all of their life, but they will not be the same person. This makes complete sense to me because over time and through experiences, our knowledge and beliefs change and we become different people.

FQ: Name one of John Locke's scientific friends.
FQ: T/F John lock believed in religious tolerance.
DQ: Do you think you are the same person you were when you were five years old? Do you think you will still be the same person you are now when you are eighty?


  1. Anonymous11:11 AM CDT

    Sarah Hoilman

    FQ: T/F Locke believed that God would forgive people who no longer remember commenting a crime.

    DQ: do you believe that our experences really do shape who we are?

    I believe Locke in his ideas about how God is all knowing and that babys are born with a clean slate. The reason why i believe this is because our experences do shape us and how we act. For example take an active solider who has seen terrible things whiile at war and he comes back a different person. He is forever changed because of what he has seen and done. I also agreaed with our mortal responsiblites playing a part on how we look at ourselves

  2. Fq: T/F Campbell created the modern theory of tabula rasa
    Dq: do you think the tabula rasa is an accurate theory, are we nurture beings or nature beings?

  3. FQ: What is the condition where there are more than one person inhabiting a body?
    DQ: Are there any instances where multiple personality disorder can be a positive thing?