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Plato Descartes and The Matrix

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The Matrix and the Search for Truth
In Descartes’ Meditations, he gives license to the idea that doubt can actually be a way of beginning one’s movement towards truth, just as doubt regarding the flickering of images on the cave wall by the inhabitant of Plato’s Cave begins his movement of turning around and seeing the outside sun and beginning the climb upward towards truth. Descartes seemingly encourages his philosopher-reader to do just this—to doubt in order to begin getting the mind working, questioning and interacting with what one can and cannot reasonably know: “Let us suppose, then, that we are dreaming, and that all these particulars—namely, the opening of the eyes, the motion of the head, the forth-putting of the hands—are merely illusions” (Descartes, 1641, l. 6). This same idea is put to Neo by Morpheus, who challenges Neo to stop living in the dream world, which he knows…… [Read More]

References

Descartes, R. (1641). “Meditation I ofthe Thingsof Which We May Doubt” Excerpt from René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

Plato. “The Allegory of the Cave”. Excerpt from Plato, The Republic, Book VII, 514A1–518D8.

Wachowski, A, & Wachowski, L. (1999). The Matrix. Directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Los Angeles: Warner Bros. Pictures.


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Logos and Deception Heraclitus I & II

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It is important to note, from the onset, that despite the fact that Heraclitus’ work is available in various quotations and fragments, there is still significant meaning conveyed via the same. I hereby take into consideration 123. Nature loves to hide and 87. A fool loves to get excited at any logos.
123. Nature loves to hide.
The philosopher presents the inability of human beings to fully decode reality. Human beings find it difficult to perceive or reconcile the inescapable particularity of the universe with its instinctive unity – bringing up queries on how the particular and the whole interact. Although the universe appears to be composed of a variety of items that are seemingly not only self-existent but also inconspicuous and unobtrusive, the philosopher is able to internalize the contradiction to the effect that change is the one constant. That what is congruent to us is essentially temporal…… [Read More]

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How to Increase the Level of Happiness in People

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Increasing the level of happiness in people is all about breaking bad habits and starting new ones. This paper will show exactly how to do that by taking just a few short steps in the right direction.
Bad habits are easily formed because they are the path of least resistance. As Achor notes, “passive leisure” is not as rewarding as “active leisure” but we prefer the former because it is initially easier to do. By making it harder to do, and making active leisure easier to do, we can actually be happier: “Whether people are trying to change habits at work or at home, the key is to reduce choices by making a few simple rules” (Achor).
The best way to be happier is thus to make it easier for ourselves to do the things that we think of as hard. If there are obstacles in the way, one should…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Achor, Ted. The Happiness Advantage.


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Androids A Mind Body Problem

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When viewing the Star Trek episode “Measure of a Man,” it is difficult not to sympathize with the character Data, not only because of his behavior during the episode but because of the close relationship many viewers developed with him and his desire to be human over the course of the series. The question of whether such super-intelligent androids capable of autonomous choices based upon feelings rather than programming would be possible to create in the future is uncertain, however, given the current limits of technology. Regardless, Picard clearly advocates a view of Data as possessing a soul, given that he explicitly affirms Data’s right to autonomy, free choice, and the ability to exercise his will over his body. This suggests that these rights are conveyed by a higher power that cannot be taken away.
Maddox, in contrast, argues for a purely material view of the android. The fact that…… [Read More]

References

Hasker, W. (1983). Metaphysics: Constructing a worldview. InterVarsity Press.


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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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In Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, six principles are provided to help people achieve the titular goal: 1) Become genuinely interested in others; 2) Smile; 3) Remember that a person’s own name is the best sound to them in the world; 4) Listen well; 5) Use terms that are interesting to the other person; 6) Show the other person that you think they are important. In short, the main idea of the book is to care about others and be sincere about it and to do it with a smile and with positive energy. That is the best way to win friends and influence others. In this paper, I will describe how I implemented these principles in my own life, at school, at work, and what the outcomes were.
In my personal life and in my student life, I realized that I was around a lot…… [Read More]

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Philosophies of Religion Generally Fall

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Nevertheless, personal experience is a powerful method of argument, especially when the credibility of the individual is not called into question. The moral argument in favor of the existence of God is weak because the existence of human morality does not in itself mean that God is the origin of morals. Rather, God has often been used as a motive to prompt people to act a certain way, according to religious scripture or doctrine. Miracles pose a significant problem for the philosopher of religion, because if an act is deemed miraculous, it supercedes the laws of nature. However, the laws of nature are always subject to God; therefore, a miracle cannot theoretically exist.

Pascal's "wager" is yet another theistic philosophy of religion, one that is based primarily on self-interest. Pascal suggested that believing in God is a "better bet" than not believing in God. The individual who believes has nothing…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Holt, Tim. "Arguments for Atheism." Philosophy of Religion.info. http://www.philosophyofreligion.info/atheisticproofs.html.

Holt, Tim. "Arguments for the Existence of God." Philosophy of Religion.info. http://www.philosophyofreligion.info/theisticproofs.html.