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  • Brain In A Vat Revisited Analysis

    Zhiyuan Li Philosophy 3000 In his paper Realism and Skepticism: Brains in a Vat Revisited, Graeme Forbes tries to articulate Putnam’s brains in a vat (BIV) argument. According to Forbes (1995), in order for a normally embodied thinker to think about concepts such as brain, in and vat, she “must somehow be informationally linked to” instances of those concepts (206). However, Forbes does not consider (and it seems to me that he does not think he needs to consider) what particular sorts of “informational links” are sufficient to enable a thinker to think about those concepts, though he suggests that an is-and-always-has-been BIV has no such informational links (206). Since no sufficient informational links are available, a BIV cannot think about the concepts of brain, in and vat. It then follows that when this BIV does have the thought that “I am not a BIV” (in vat-English), it is not having the thought that “I am not a BIV” (in English), but really that “I am not a BIV-in-the-image” (in English) (206). Apparently, the BIV is not a BIV-in-the-image (in English), but a physical BIV (in English), and hence it is perfectly right for this BIV to think that “I am not a BIV” (in vat-English) (206). At the same time, for a normally embodied thinker who is not a BIV, it is also right for her to think that “I am not a BIV” (in English) (206). Therefore, either a BIV or a non-BIV is right to think that “I am not a BIV” (in both vat-English and English) (206). We can thus conclude that…

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  • Bolzano's Conception Of Analysis

    In the modern era, analysis is a very well established and developed field of mathematics. It is well known that analytic proofs are very strict in nature and to prove anything in analysis requires a careful consideration of the behaviour and characteristics of the proposition on hand. Before analysis became as well founded as it is today, there was no standard of rigor for analytic proofs. So, many mathematicians gave analytic proofs that were heavily based on spatial and geometric intuition.…

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  • Is Evil Good Or Bad

    Framing reference based on simple word definition, the term “evil” is best described as “morally reprehensible; sinful, wicked, arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct.” (Merriam Webster) However, this is simply a Standard Definition, and is thus excessively exclusive in nature. For that reason, it may also be characterized as a Qualifying Definition, though in either case the description is relatively direct and specific, leaving little to no room for further contemplation or…

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  • Karma Is A Negative Influence In Today's Society

    Upon the majority of wars, acts of terrorism and mass shooting happening in today’s society, there has always been a sense of revenge to satisfy happiness and or social status on one side or another. Mass media and propaganda have led to an increased interest in coalitions, religious views, and political interest. The belief that an individual’s actions determine what good things and bad things happen in the future is correlated to how they preserve life. While karma can be an uncontroversial…

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  • 4 Concepts In Nursing

    What is the definition of the concept? Health is considered a fundamental concept in the nursing practice. With the Healthcare discipline, the use concepts are unclear thereby depicting different images depending on the context. It is imperative that the term “concept” has a unified definition. It is extremely imported as nurses to study concept development and clarification to be able to enhance the Nursing Practice. The concept does not have an agreed definition. (McEwen & Wills, 2014).…

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  • Instagram Model Research Paper

    At the end of the month of October, international Instagram model Essena O’Neill enacted her personal revolt against social media. If you don’t have Instagram, or don’t follow the ‘Instagram famous,’ you may not know who Essena is. Essena has been fairly well known since she was the equivalent of a junior in high school in Australia. Her fame began with her Tumblr blog (a platform that makes it easy for fans and anonymous followers to ask questions), and her Youtube videos, which she used to…

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  • Mere Definition Essay

    In the article, The Role of Definition, the author discusses how a mere definition can affect the way a student will interpret information. A definition can contain concepts that are difficult to understand and will hamper a student’s ability to learn. As math in the classroom progresses, The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommends that the students create their own definitions of for mathematical terminology with the modification from a teacher. This is done to get the student to…

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  • Theme Of Beauty And Morality In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    The following paper will discuss matters of beauty and morality. Different meanings of beauty exist in present society, however the term is most popularly associated with physical characteristics. Physical characteristics include both aspects of behaviour and form and are deemed beautiful when perceived as appealing by others. Morality is the ability for individuals to think rationally and decipher between what is right and wrong. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Shelley wrestles with themes of…

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  • Nature Of Good Analysis

    The question of how 'good ' is to be defined is the most fundamental question in all of Ethics. The main objective of Ethics is a systematic science to give correct reasoning for thinking that something is good. We must come up with a conclusion of what that good is, unless, as Moore puts it “such reasons cannot be given. (Moore, 5, 2) Moore sets out to define what we mean by the object of good. He sets out to determine this by comparing it to the color yellow. He comes to the conclusion…

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  • The Destruction Of The Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    This is the life story of a young boy, growing up in Geneva, by the name of Victor Frankenstein. He tells us how fascinated he became with discovering “the secret to life”. In the part of the story, some might refer to it as “curiosity killed the cat”. He then puts together everything that his professors taught him and created a monster so horrid. He later began to question why he created something so horrible and gave this creature life. His main purpose in life went from finding the secret of…

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