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    rather an experience, or collection of experiences, that changes the way one sees and feels about the world. Two such thinkers are William James and Friedrich Schleiermacher. However, while both of these philosophers agree that religion is centered in religious experiences, the specifics of Schleiermacher’s conception of religious experiences are more realistic and relatable…

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    The Ultimate Experience: Life in Color I. Introduction In what may seem a harsh generalization, I would like to begin by considering the likelihood of a Christian committing suicide to gain an early entry into heaven? On first inclination, we know this would not happen because they perceive suicide to be a sin. Even with a less nuanced version, we know that in spite of the belief of heaven and a perfect afterlife, there has not been a wide scale mass extinction of Christians any time lately. If…

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    of them. That is what he attempted to accomplish in The Varieties of Religious Experience, which began as a series of lectures. Our purpose is not to provide a definitive treatise on the subject, but to identify some relevant questions, problems, and dilemmas. We will discuss the complex interaction between Religion and Psychology-one that embraces ambiguity and uncertainty in order…

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    This essay argues towards the conclusion that Robert Nozick’s ‘experience machine’ thought experiment does not successfully challenge hedonism as a theory of rational action. It will first explore the concept of hedonism and what would be required to mount a successful challenge to it. It will then outline the ‘experience machine’ thought experiment and assess the conclusions Nozick draws. Referring to epistemological objections raised by Woolard and Hewitt alongside methodological objections…

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    Experience Machine The theory that pleasure is the only thing worth pursuing; the highest and most important goal in life is derived from Hedonism. The moral of Hedonism explains that pleasure brings happiness, it is good, and that of the opposite brings pain, which is bad. Those that we desire are desirable because it brings us some kind of pleasure (Mill, p. 20). Pleasure comes from an object. Because of this theory Robert Nozick shared with us in his book, the experience machine; a machine…

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    Based on my test scores my top three personalities are agreeableness, openness to experience, and conscientiousness. Openness to experience and conscientiousness were tied for second place. My openness to experiences allows me to be broad-minded and insightful. This personality trait is good for a work position that are always changing and no day is the same as the last. This describes my current work place. I always have different projects to work on and add or change my projects as I see fit.…

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    I am Victoria Bowie and I am on my way to accomplishing a bachelorette in User Experience Design at Lesley University. From a tender age, I have always been fascinated with technology and my mind would fill up with thoughts on how I could help society for the greater good of mankind. Daydreaming about how I can make a change in the world and actions that I have made to help others has been happening since my younger days, even up till now. I was fixing computers at the age of eleven and creating…

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    The Near Death Experience

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    The near death experience was first defined to be a spur of consciousness leading to an altered-reality experience on random individuals who reach the state of clinical death by a lack of oxygen to the brain that implies complete unconsciousness on those individuals (Khanna & Greyson, 2014, p. 1605). Near death experience recounts highlight similarities among those who experience them. Characteristics such as out of body experiences, diving into darkness to then transport into a light-filled…

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    What moments, events, learning experiences have led you to this point in your life? That seems like a pretty straight forward question, but it took me a while to come up with an answer. In getting to this point of my life, it was a combination of a lot of things that reinforced my want to be a doctor. At 7 years old, my parents found out that they would be having another child, my younger brother. Being the youngest of 5 girls at the time, the idea of gaining a little brother was incredibly…

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    The Life Changing Effects of Near Death Experiences in a Christian Way Near death experiences have intrigued many, not only from a religious standpoint, but also in the scientific realm. In order for one to concede the possibility of a near death experiences, you have to be willing to acknowledge that life after death exist. One must look past the notion that near death experiences are explainable by science or that they are isolated beliefs of various religious groups. Death is one of the…

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