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Monday, January 25, 2016

Quiz Jan26

1. What was the name of Aristotle's school?

2. Did peripatetic philosophy entirely cease, with the destruction of Athens in 267 A.D.?

3. Who are John Man and Robert MacFarlane?

4. Who started "This I Believe," and who brought it back?

5. What does TIB invite citizens to do?

6. What does Jay Allison say our time has in common with the '50s? (OR: What does he say we're not doing well?)

And some DQs:

1. Would you like to have attended Aristotle's school, Plato's, neither, or both? Why?

2. Do you consider yourself an active or a sedentary person, by preference? (If given a choice, on a lovely Fall day, would you rather stay in and play video games or go out for a walk/hike/run/bikeride/swim/etc.?)

3. What's the most memorable outdoor experience you've ever had?

4. Have you ever attempted to share your beliefs, convictions, core principles (etc.) in public? (Ifyes, would you say you did it in a spirit of evangelism and proselytizing, or in a philosophical way? What's the difference? And if no, why not?)

5. Are you a good listener? (Do you try to understand the points of view of those who disagree with your beliefs, or do you simply dismiss them as just wrong?)

6. Do you agree that we live in a time of intolerance and incivility, when it comes to dissenting points of view?

62 comments:

  1. Amy Young #4
    I thought I would share a couple of essays I enjoyed. After losing my dad this year, I definitely believe that we carry loss with us and that it changes us. I also believe that letters matter, as discussed in the second essay. One of my most prized possessions is a short little note that my dad wrote me a few years ago on Valentine's Day.
    https://thisibelieve.org/essay/6877/
    https://thisibelieve.org/essay/105643/

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  2. 1. Would you like to have attended Aristotle's school, Plato's, neither, or both? Why?

    Aristotle's - I approve of the idea that information should be freely shared. The fact that Aristotle opened his lectures to the public while Plato did not is a huge deciding factor for me.

    2. Do you consider yourself an active or a sedentary person, by preference? (If given a choice, on a lovely Fall day, would you rather stay in and play video games or go out for a walk/hike/run/bikeride/swim/etc.?)

    A bit of both. I suppose I would classify myself as a sedentary outdoorsman. I love the outside and spend as much time out there as I can. I enjoy walks and day hikes; however, given the choice all I really want to do is sit down with my back against a tree and read a book.

    3. What's the most memorable outdoor experience you've ever had?

    As an outdoorsy person it is difficult to pinpoint one specific moment, though I will give a recent favorite. While living for a short time in Guatemala, one of the places I stayed was on a lake called Atitlan (often ranked in the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world). Every morning while there I would wake up at dawn to sit on the doc and watch the sun rise over the lake. Whether I was reading, writing, or just sitting and listening, those mornings will forever remain some of my most peaceful moments.

    4. Have you ever attempted to share your beliefs, convictions, core principles (etc.) in public? (Ifyes, would you say you did it in a spirit of evangelism and proselytizing, or in a philosophical way? What's the difference? And if no, why not?)

    Never to the public in a large group, though one on one with strangers yes. This has always been my greatest joy in travelling. Meeting others and sharing who you are with them. Whether this conversation be about religion and belief, or who am I and why am I here? The intent behind the conversation always started from a more philosophical root, a curiosity of the other person, never with an intent to make them follow my belief.

    5. Are you a good listener? (Do you try to understand the points of view of those who disagree with your beliefs, or do you simply dismiss them as just wrong?)

    In some ways yes, I do well on listening to others and not judging too quickly, I love and respect everyone's different beliefs and traditions. However I am also quite stubborn in that while I will hear what you have to say and try to understand you, if you try to convert me to your belief I will stop caring about the conversation all together. If you want to convince me of something, show me your passion for it and let it enthrall me itself.

    6. Do you agree that we live in a time of intolerance and incivility, when it comes to dissenting points of view?

    Not at all. Although there are much of these types of views throughout the world I believe that people are for the most part very accepting and accommodating. However I also believe that those intolerant and uncivil people among us are much more outspoken. They strive for their voices to be heard, for their actions to be seen. Thus making them seem more abundant throughout mankind.

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  3. Randi Stanfill #4
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/25013/
    I believe this essay explains how friends should be and never letting you go through something alone. I'm thankful I have had a few friends who have been there every time I needed someone.

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  4. Sterling Smith7:57 PM CST

    Supplemental Discussion Question: Now that you know more about the ideas of the Peripatetic philosophy, does your own philosophy share some of these ideas? Do you now incorporate some these ideas into your own philosophy?

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    1. Sterling Smith8:02 PM CST

      Section 6

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  5. Akmal Ishmetov section #4

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16925/

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  6. Skylar Dean Section 4:

    Favorite TIB Essay:
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/48202/

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  7. Sterling Smith (#6)8:15 PM CST

    I enjoyed this essay and the idea that pick up basketball can bring together people from all walks of life. I am huge sports fan and believe that all sports possess this ability to bring people together.

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/4006/

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  9. J. Skylar Dean Section 4:

    Extra Quiz questions:
    1. What is the essay "The Old Ways" about?
    2. What does John Man say that walking means?
    3. What does Donald Culross Peattie say about time in "Joy of Walking"

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    1. 1) this is a book about people and place: about walking as a reconnoiter inwards, and the subtle ways in which we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move.
      2)Walking means seeing the unseen, understanding, friendship, privacy, emotional perspective, physical capacity... an image of life itself.
      3)Time is not money; time is a an opportunity to live before you die. So a man who walks, and lives and sees and thinks as he walks, has lengthened his life

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    2. Akmal Ishmetov section # 4

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  10. Supplemental questions: Akmal Ishmetov section #4
    1) What did Albert Einstein meant when he said "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious"?
    2)What did Penn Jillette meant when she said "There is no God"?
    3)What did Jackie Robinson believed in?

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  11. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/170999/

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  14. Chad Andrews - #6

    Extra Quiz Question -
    Who closed all philosophy schools in Athens in 529 AD, and why?

    Favorite Essay -
    Living in the Here and Now - Jeffrey Hollender (115)

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    1. Katharine Khaoone - #4

      Emperor Justinian closed all of the philosophy schools in Athens because of the destruction of the city, which caused most of the philosophers to migrate away in the first place.

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  15. Section 6
    Favorite TIB essay
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/34/
    "There is no God"

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  16. Which space craft took the image of the pale blue dot?

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    1. Katharine Khaoone - #4

      Voyager 1!

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  17. Danni Bonner #410:00 PM CST

    I read this essay in This I Believe II. As a military child I resonate very closely to this, because I've seen my mother go through a lot of emotional turmoil while my father was deployed. I might not believe in a singular higher power, but sometimes I can understand having a sort of blind faith when it comes to people, knowing that someone will make it home to you if they can is very important. Anyway, here's the link http://thisibelieve.org/essay/18027/

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  18. (6) This was the essay that I found most interesting. It's a piece about a couple things that are key to being happy

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/2578/

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  19. Emily Blalock
    Section 4
    This was one of my favorite essays
    "An Optimistic View of the World"
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/40806/

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  20. Cassie Franse 610:49 PM CST

    I had to limit myself to 2 essays.
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/27746/ - this relates to the teacher side of me. Passion can make all the difference.
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16420/ - I really like his 3 codes in which he lives his life.

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  21. Section 4
    These are two the the essays I enjoyed reading.
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/170826/
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/170985/

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  22. Khylan Walker #4
    I feel like this essay speaks volumes. I have always heard you have to "crawl before you walk", and I feel like the best way to accomplish big things is to break them into small pieces.
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/39318/

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  23. Katharine Khaoone - #4

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/170973/ - This essay is about appreciating the little things in life, and it just so happened to relate to my situation right now. Noticing the smaller things in life will definitely open light into your world.

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/2578/ - I also really enjoyed this piece on things that will help you be happy in life. It also questions the world's definition of success, and that there's more to it than just a monetary value.

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  24. Adam Martin #4

    1. I would have preferred Aristotle's Lyceum to Plato's school, as Aristotle allowed common people to share their thoughts openly.

    2. I consider myself a sedentary person. I would rather read a book, watch a movie, or play a game than go for a hike.

    3. The most memorable outdoor experience I've had would have to be shooting one particular film project with some close friends of mine by a lake.

    4. I tend to keep my personal philosophies private, save for a few very close friends. My biggest reason for this is the constant fear I have that I am missing something or will change my mind. I know there are plenty of topics that I have a different opinion on now than I did two years ago, and I wouldn't want to spread faulty ideas.

    5. I try to be a good listener, but I also have a set of rules that need to be followed when someone makes an argument. If someone breaks these rules, their argument can be broken from the start, at least in my eyes.

    6. I believe that all generations are intolerant times when it comes to dissent, but what is currently being dissented will soon become the norm, before more dissent arrives. For example, abolition would have been considered dissent 175 years ago, but it is almost unheard of for someone in the South to promote slavery today. This just seems to be how society evolves.

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  25. Erick Morgado12:31 AM CST

    Erick Morgado Section 4
    This I Believe
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/32392/

    This is an essay I enjoyed reading. It included something that I can actually connect to with my preferences to science over the arts. It talks about Newton's Third Law of Motion coming into play during our daily lives.

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  26. Sean Byars Section 6
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/34187/

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  27. Sean Byars Section 6
    1.Would you like to have attended Aristotle's school, Plato's, neither, or both? Why?

    Aristotle, simply because he acknowledges that that philosophy should be studied by all, rather than the elite.

    2.Do you consider yourself an active or a sedentary person, by preference?

    Honestly, I am more of a sedentary person. With what little free time I have outside of my full time job and college, I spend just relaxing not doing a whole lot.

    3.What's the most memorable outdoor experience you've ever had?

    My family used to live close to the border between the United States and Canada and we used to frequently visit Niagara Falls.

    4.Have you ever attempted to share your beliefs, convictions, core principles (etc.) in public?

    I tend to be more introverted; therefore, I tend to not just go on and on about my personal beliefs, particularly in public.

    5.Are you a good listener? (Do you try to understand the points of view of those who disagree with your beliefs, or do you simply dismiss them as just wrong?)

    I would say I am an active listener in most cases; however, I am also rooted in my beliefs. I will listen to your argument but you better have a convincing case to change my mind.

    6.Do you agree that we live in a time of intolerance and incivility, when it comes to dissenting points of view?

    Absolutely not, I believe we are more tolerant than ever. While there is some level of intolerance, particularly in religion, there is also a much greater level of acceptance than we have previously had.

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  28. Jonathan Murray (4)

    A couple of my favorite essays from what I read on the site were:
    https://thisibelieve.org/essay/13122/ - This essay discusses a "rocking chair rule" when deciding on how to spend your leisure time, which seems like solid advice.
    https://thisibelieve.org/essay/166170/ - This essay discusses gender inequality and the ridiculous fact that it still exists to this day, which is something I agree is outrageous.

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  29. Ian Law #4

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/15381/
    My Home Is New Orleans by Mike Miller

    This essay interests me because here's a person who recovered from hurricane Katrina and decided to stay in New Orleans despite the disruption to life that came in the wake of the storm. For me there was less attachment to the city, and no incentive to stay, although I'd say I haven't found another place that I would claim as my "home."

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  30. LAVOIE, Ashley #4
    An essay I really enjoyed was Tell the Children by Patty Dunn.
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/7580/

    Coming from a family where everything is swept under the rug this essay hit home. I believe in the importance of informing children. It's okay if they grow up and they know about the world that's around them. I believe in giving them time to imagine and time to be real. I believe children can have both if you teach them and give them the tools to understand reality and still see the importance of imagination.

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  31. Sophie Raffo #610:16 AM CST

    Sophie Raffo #6
    Quiz Question:
    What does this Latin proverb mean?"Solvitur Ambulando".

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  32. Watch this if you have the time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21j_OCNLuYg

    "Tedx Life is easy, Why do we make it so hard?"

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  33. Katharine, Karla, Kaitlyn - #4
    Question #5: Are you a good listener?
    - We all agree that we are all good listeners. We'd like to think that we have an open mind, especially when it comes to other peoples' opinions. There's a reason why there are different people in the world, because with that comes different mindsets and perspectives. We think that it's important to understand the voices of others as we would like others to understand our own.

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  34. Megan, Luis, Ben- Section 4
    We discussed that we would prefer Aristotle's school because we want to explore and find our own beliefs. We differed on whether we were active or sedentary people. We all agreed that we were good listeners and are open minded to hearing different beliefs.

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  35. Harrison, Ian, Preston: Section 4: I think we would have attended Aristotle's school because of the views and expressions shared there. We feel that we are good listeners and even though we do evangelize our faith, we try to always listen to other opinions when engaged in conversation.
    With consideration to question three, we have fallen off a cliff and had an engine quit mid flight.

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  36. J. Skylar Dean, Adam Martin, Akmal Ishmetov section 4 discussion group:

    We went through all the Discussion questions. The conversation seemed to stick more closely to questions 4 and 6. So the topics of how we give our opinions and whether or not our culture is tolerant were the topics of the most interest to us.

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  37. Section 4 Group Alley, Katie, Ethan
    1. Aristotles, or Both schools to have both viewpoints.
    2. Active
    3. CliffJumping
    4.Yes we all have
    5. Yes
    6. We do

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  38. Section 4 Group Alley, Katie, Ethan
    1. Aristotles, or Both schools to have both viewpoints.
    2. Active
    3. CliffJumping
    4.Yes we all have
    5. Yes
    6. We do

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  39. We started with discussing our outdoor adventures and ended up having an in depth discussion about the philosophy governing the inner workings of the public school system. Alicia, David crossan, Ashley Lavoie #4

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  41. Section 6
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/23/

    I like this essay because I never thought of the pizza delivery guy in that way she showed how being kind to the pizza delivery guy is as important as showing respect to a CEO.

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/148068/

    This essay is really great because in today's society everyone is rushing through life without stopping to smell the roses and interact with each other. It is important to sometimes stop and acknowledge the people around you.

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  42. Anonymous11:20 AM CST

    Devin Mahoney (6)
    1. I probably would have attended Plato’s school if given the choice. I do respect and understand the idea of an open forum, especially for the purposes of philosophy. I can understand the benefits behind having no exclusivity towards the “students”. However, having have to work harder for their “membership” or access to this type of schooling, they will provide a more consistent and constructive forum. I think the open concept allows the possibility for the process of education and growth to be derailed by non-constructive discussions or situations. The idea that you have earned something to me, provides a sense of dedication to the purpose of knowledge.

    2. I truly vary. I enjoy being active and exploring. I love doing something different and pushing myself to experience new things and new places. However, I feel that it is necessary sometimes (at least in my own personal life) to “recharge”. I enjoy solidarity and the times I am able to just relax and contemplate. I do not know if I have a preference on either. I think I have to have a strong balance of the two for myself.
    3. When I lived in California I took a two week trip up the Pacific Coast highway all the way from LA to Lake Tahoe and back. This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It is almost impossible to put into words the feelings, emotions and overall experience of that trip. The hiking and incredible diversity in nature I saw while hiking and staying in Big Sur can only be explained as breathtaking. The California Coastline is like no other. Moving from that type of scenery to the gorgeous and sprawling fields of Napa Valley, then to Lake Tahoe can never be replicated. My drive back to LA through Yosemite national forest is something I would force anyone I know to add to their bucket list.
    4. I love to discuss, share and debate. I have always had, as my parents would call it, the gift of “gab”. I am never one to shy away from discussion or debates. I think I love it because I need to have a complete picture on things. I strive to know the ins and outs of any topic or belief I can. I do not look to debate out of some necessity to argue, but more to challenge my own ideas and structures. If I exit a conversation or debate and have not gained more perspective or learned something of value I would be disappointed.
    5. I pride myself on being a strong and supportive listener. My life is built on an “open door” philosophy. I am not one to strike anything down or push my own ideals on others. I enjoy sharing and discovering what makes people tick. I want to know what people’s thoughts, feelings and actions are and why they are that way. It takes a stronger person to listen than it does to talk. Everyone has a voice and naturally wants to be heard. However, how can we progress as a species and culture if no one is willing to listen? In the same token, you must be willing to challenge others in a constructive way. This is a necessity in development and common understanding.
    6. I do not think that is true on a grand scale. I believe we live in a time that the most animated, boisterous and often times, the most close minded, are the people who are thrust into our lives the most. We live in an age that any and everything is posted, streamed, projected or any other number of forms of communication into our lives. On a daily basis we are nearly overloaded with media, regardless if it is something that benefits our lives or society in any way. I do not believe we live in a time of intolerance or incivility towards dissenting points of view. I do believe however we live in a time where we seem to support and glorify those who do bring forth those ideals.

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  43. Beshoy Aziz11:48 AM CST

    Beshoy Aziz(#6) DQs:
    1. I would prefer to attend Aristotle's school because of how ideas could be shared in public.
    2. I would consider myself active because I would always prefer to be outside playing sports rather than staying home.
    3. My most memorable outdoor experience was doing an English project, where I had to record a video of my talents.
    4. I have never attempted to share my beliefs in public because i am a quiet person. However, I always share my beliefs with my friends and family.
    5. I am a good listener; I always try to listen and understand others' point of view.
    6. Yes, because we see a lot of intolerance and incivility when it comes to religion.

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  44. 6 Brock Francis
    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/17023/

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  45. 1. I would probably be interested in both so that i may recognize multiple different viewpoints.

    2. It depends on the day. There are many nice days where I just feel like sitting inside alone with my thoughts and activities, and other days i want to go out and exercise or grab some friends and be active.

    3. My most memorable outside moments are probably when playing sports.

    4. I'd say I am very open about my philosophies with many people, and it's hardly ever in a persuasive manner. I always like putting out ideas and conversations and seeing what others think about different topics. Although I've never given a lecture or anything like that.

    5. Yes, I consider myself a good listener. Whenever I'm having a conversation with someone I'm trying to understand and interpret what is being said to me, and I'm always interested in new ideas.

    6. Although I have met many open-minded and understanding people in my life, I think as a whole our society is in a period of ideological intolerance and misunderstanding. If the political atmosphere in the U.S. shows anything, its that differences in opinion do not mix well, and opposing sides seem to view each other as enemies.

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  46. 6 Brock Francis
    When addressing discussion question number one, I would say I would like to have attended Aristotle's school, The Lyceum. I am fascinated by the thought of walking and thinking being linked together fascinates me. When I look at this idea, I completely agree with it and is why I enjoy hiking and outdoors activity.

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  47. 6 Brock Francis, Sterlin Smith, Tanner Davis
    As a group, we did a discussion on our favorite outdoor experience (Discussion Number 3). My favorite outdoor experience was kayaking the Hiwassi river. Sterling's most memorable experience was a trip to a wildlife park. Tanner's outdoor experience was a cliff jumping trip. We chose this topic because we like the idea of the correlation between the outdoors and peripatetic philosophizing.

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  48. (6) Chad, Sean and I (James) discussed our favorite outdoor experiences. Seeing the milky way seems to be the most profound thing we talked about

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  49. Group Discussion section 6 26. Jan Ryan Horony, Saydi Miller, Matthew Bennett. Do you agree that we live in a world of increasing incivility? We are all in general agreement that we are in a world of intolerance and dissidence. We seem to have found a bit of common ground.

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  50. Sophie Raffo #63:26 PM CST

    Group Discussion(6)Lucas Futrell,Emmanuela Okot,Sophie Raffo
    We discussed Question #2 and #6 from the discussion question list. Two of us were more sedentary people and one of us was an active person. For Question six we all agreed that ignorance of different cultures and beliefs causes intolerance in the world. We felt that a lack of communication between cultures causes stereotypes and false views on different cultures. It was also discussed that environment plays an important part in how you view other cultures. How your parents raised you, or where you grew up are factors that shape your view on prejudice and intolerance.

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  51. Erick Morgado4:31 PM CST

    Section 4
    Group: Erick Morgado, Roland Phan, Stephen Martin
    We discussed two of the questions. We started off with memorable outdoor experiences. A trip to a beautiful lake and waking up every morning to see it, and the experience of going hunting with one's father. The mention of festive activities on a trip to Mexico and the annual celebration that is done over there that brings strangers together for a short time.
    The second question related to intolerance towards certain subjects in our current time. How most subjects are viewed through eyes of the loud minority that get their voices out there. How the internet has allowed anonymity between people to allow for bolder actions in speech or thoughts. How some people have become more sensitive towards topics like racism and equality.

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  52. Section #6

    I thought this essay was an interesting look at such a mundane factor of life.

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/23/

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  53. Section #6

    I thought this essay was an interesting look at such a mundane factor of life.

    http://thisibelieve.org/essay/23/

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  54. Section #6

    1. Aristotle's open mind on sharing his knowledge and beliefs is interesting to me, so I believe I would have liked to attend his school.

    2. By preference, I am more of a sedentary person. It mostly depends on mood, though.

    3. I vividly remember almost dying in a boating incident when I was eight. That stands out pretty well among other memories.

    4. I try not to speak too much about myself as to not disgruntle anyone, so I can't say I've often shared any of my core principles.

    5. I personally believe I'm a good listener, although I suppose that's more of a subjective matter.

    6. I do believe that we live in a time of incivility and intolerance. Media seems to perpetuate this and, although some things should be reacted to intolerably, it has gotten a bit extreme, to the point of almost nullifying meaningful discussions among differing points of view.

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  55. Our group, James, Courtney P. and I (Courtney M.) discussed whether we've attempted to share our beliefs with other people or not. James is not opposed to sharing his beliefs if he's asked about it or it naturally comes up in conversation but doesn't volunteer his beliefs if its not warranted. Courtney P. is not concerned with sharing his beliefs or hearing of other's beliefs, to paraphrase what he says: his just doesn't care (about what people have to say about beliefs). I myself, have a "I can show you, better than I can tell you" approach. I prefer to demonstrate my beliefs rather than evangelize. If you ask me what makes me this way or keeps me grounded, then at that time I would tell you my beliefs.

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  56. Anonymous10:32 PM CST

    Our group Jonathan, Anthony, and I (Brian) from section 4 mainly discussed our views on if we think the world is open to other people's opinions and if they're willing to listen. We agreed together that the general population, for the most part, is stuck in their own ways. We found it rare that anyone with a strong opinion for one side would even consider listening to the apposing side.

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