American agnostics

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  • Rhetorical Strategies Of Carl Sagan

    Carl Sagan was a well-known astronomer who studied extraterrestrial intelligence advocated for nuclear disarmament. Growing up Sagan developed a passion for astronomy (Moore). Michael Shermer received his B.A. in psychology and his M.A. in experimental psychology. He taught a course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain. He was head of one of America’s leading skeptic organizations (Shermer). Shermer is more rhetorically effective than Sagan in his reading because he goes more into depth about paranormal, mysteries, and miracles he explored. Shermer uses rhetorical strategy in his writing such as starting his essay off with a quote as well as numbering his paragraphs like a list. He participated in a New Age program called The Other Side once but numerous times he explored the mysteries paranormal. As for Sagan, he wrote more of a story to persuaded the readers. He uses more of a personal aspect to connect with his readers. He’s incapable to explain his superstitious of having a dragon in his garage that has no real evidence if there’s a dragon or not. Although he has no proof to back up his claim he still seeks the burden of proving his readers that his belief of a dragon living in his garage is not a myth. Both Shermer and Sagan uses experiments to test their theories, but Shermer uses equipment to help his research which also helps bring him to a legitimate conclusion. He addresses that the sizing of a telescope can reshape how the world looks with the…

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  • 21st Century Societal Changes

    During this period of time, women and children attending to school rates were higher. In the textbook, it stated, “... to African American education, women’s higher education expanded notably…,” and “... thousands of women earned degrees and suffered no apparent harm, fear faded.” These show that education was important to African Americans and women. The education that they had get rid of their fear and weaknesses. However, according STEM Jobs, “women are unlikely hired than men.” For example,…

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  • Personal Narrative: My Parent's Differences

    their respective team. Without being able to choose a team without offending one parent, I never had a team to cheer on, eventually causing me to be ambivalent towards the sport that many Americans spend their Sundays enjoying. This arbitrary divide in my life mirrors another, more important divide born form my parent’s differences. My mother is Roman Catholic, but my father is agnostic. Contrary to my reaction towards football, my…

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  • Hypocrisy In Angela M. Balcita's The Americano Dream

    Balcita goes over similar issues, though on a less broad scale. Using her father’s experiences of immigrating from the Philippines to the United States, Balcita creates an engaging and relatable picture of the subtle moments of integration, while also illustrating how the great American hypocrisy affects this transition. A great example of this comes from two paragraphs discussing her father’s first job at a blood bank. The job is temporary, as he’s trying to get official certification to be a…

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  • The Norton Mix: American History: Article Analysis

    In the book, “The Norton Mix: American History”, there are two articles regarding the Chinese exclusion act. The first article is about a democratic senate from Oregon, James Harvey Slater, who voiced his proposal in 1882 at the senate house. Slater is in favor of the Chinese exclusion and believes in white American protestant religion. Slater’s opponent is a Republican named, Robert G. Ingersoll. Ingersoll voiced his proposal eleven years later on July 1893 in the same room when Slater voiced…

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  • Prejudice And Racism: Chapter Analysis

    A major theme in this section is the American struggle with racism. The chapter begins with the historic achievement of Barack Obama and ends with the differing circumstances/perceptions of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son Congressman Jesse Jackson III. Race is the classification of humans. While science has demonstrated that the concept of "race" is an illusion, it is still a very powerful illusion that shapes the way that humans act and think. "This is our first and most fundamental American…

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  • Vietnam Revealed In Allen Ginsberg's Poetry

    Have you ever read any of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry about Vietnam?” Ferlinghetti asked. “No, I haven’t.” “In his poem Wichita Vortex Sutra he says: McNamara made a “bad guess” chorused the reporters in 1962 “8000 American Troops handle the Situation” Bad Guess in 1954, 80% of the Vietnamese people would’ve voted for Ho Chi Minh “And here I thought most of Ginsberg’s poetry was about sucking cocks,” I said, risking insulting his friend.…

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  • Nana Peazant: Film Analysis

    the leader of the Peazant family. She is regarded as the seat of knowledge in the family – which is already a subversion of mainstream cinema that usually gives that type of knowledge to old white men. Nana Peazant’s knowledge is ancestral and cultural, yet gives her the wisdom of any great scholar - the African intelligence is put toe to toe with the Greco-Roman mythologies in a manner similar to the asserting of the African Griot style as valid in comparison to the linear narrative. The…

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  • Compare And Contrast Ben Franklin And Thomas Paine

    Franklin was a proponent of the public choosing their government by voting for representatives in each of their home states. He saw the one-sided English government as unreasonable and set to keep the American way of life fair with equal representation. Thomas Paine was equally enthusiastic about organizing all of the colonies and breaking free from the tyrannical English government. However, Paine was not as eager as Franklin to setting up local government. In Paine’s pamphlet “Common…

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  • English And Spanish Differences During The Age Of Exploration

    America, and mainly wanted to explore. They were motivated by gold, glory, and god. Their government was tight, watched strictly, and rich. They were sponsored by the Crown which expanded their empire. The religion they practiced was restricted to Catholic, and Protestants were victimized and shunned out. The Spanish had a large trading economy and did some farming. Their population grew slowly because of many early problems like military conquest and bad connections with the Native Americans.…

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