The Potential Framework of Human Nature in The Life of Pi and Copenhagen

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As humans, we crave knowledge. We yearn for truth and understanding. The need exists to discover what exactly human beings are capable of doing—jumping high, running fast, acquiring hidden knowledge, or even perceiving potential distinctions within ourselves as individuals and as a race. The ambition to discover the last of these capabilities manifests itself in research completed in present day as well as in research completed over the past several centuries, beginning, most notably, at the time of Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin, the “Father of Evolution,” inadvertently laid the foundations not only for life and science as it is known today but also for the concept of human nature and questions of its potential framework. After Darwin’s …show more content…
However established, each of the two classes prevail within the reasoning behind decision-making, which many philosophers refer to as ethics. What exactly is ethics? Ethics is, basically, the group of moral principles that govern a person or a group. But what does this have to do with human nature? According to Professor Winkle’s handout, “‘human nature’ is the distinctive way of thinking, feeling, and acting independent of cultural influences.” Moral principles show through our actions and decisions which in turn influence human nature. So, humans base thought and decisions on rationality, but if that is taken away, would true ethics still exist? We use ethics in attempt to escape from subjectivity and to show that desires have some rational quality about them, but is that the only view of circumstances? By looking at the fictional works, we know this is certainly not the case. When we take away rationality from humans, we then create apathy towards everything except what our instincts—our basic animal instincts—tell us we need. We best reveal human nature under these circumstances. So, to find human nature, we need not concern ourselves with the truth or falsity of situations, but rather the science behind them. Science can discuss the causes of our desires and our means for realizing them. This theory serves great social purpose, such

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