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    pursue that truth. Nietzsche believed that this rationality was incorrect and inevitably led to instinct becoming the prevailing driving force. This Nietzsche viewed as problematic and as a hindrance of man’s will to power. Mill’s view on the ancients was more positive than Nietzsche. Mill highlighted the ability that the ancients had to allow eccentric thought leaders who acted contrary to the popular opinion of society. “In ancient history, in the middle ages, and in a diminishing degree through the long transition from feudality to the present time, the individual was a power in himself; and if he had either great talents or a high social position, he was a considerable power.” (On Liberty III) Mill believed that by allowing people to dissent and people to take powerful contrarian viewpoints, the truth could be better discovered and man would be better off as a result. Mill notes importantly that the ancients were not always perfect; noting the tragic death of Socrates and his state decided death penalty. Mill used Socrates to show a societal mistake silencing an important voice of truth because that voice stood against popular opinion. Mill looked negatively towards Christianity because he believed that it led people to follow the Christian way in a blind manner, and rather than create people who questioned truth and acted as truth seekers it created people who followed doctrine blindly. “Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than active; Innocence…

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    In The Future of Illusion, Sigmund Freud discusses his idea that man at its very basic nature has a primordial instinct for pleasure and that nature and fate play a more powerful role. This has created a perception of civilization that he feels is built on two concepts that are knowledge based and rule set by a minority that has destructive anti-social tendencies. This is done for the base of extracting and distributing “wealth” by means of coercion and suppression of this primordial natural…

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    Block Memory Essay

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    Suppressing bad memories from the past can block memory formation in the here and now, research suggests. The study could help to explain why those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological conditions often experience difficulty in remembering recent events, scientists say. Writing in Nature Communications, the authors describe how trying to forget past incidents by suppressing our recollections can create a “virtual lesion” in the brain that casts an…

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    These thoughts become suppressed because the brain is preoccupied with other responsibilities and thoughts like remembering all the formulas for that statistics final and remembering how to most effectively write a persuasive essay for Writing 150. However, stress can also cause suppressed feelings to reappear. Stress creates certain emotions and feelings that can be associated with the suppressed thoughts. If you feel angry due to stress you might remember a suppressed memory of when your best…

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    The in the article, “Paradoxical Effects of Thought Suppression” researchers explored the hypothesis that thought suppression is difficult for people to do and that suppressed thoughts can return to consciousness with minimal prompting, perhaps becoming obsessive preoccupations (Wegner, 1987.) To explore this, they conducted two experiments where they asked subjects to verbalize their stream of consciousness for 5 minute periods, asked subject groups to alternatively express or suppress thoughts…

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    In The History of Sexuality, Foucault approaches two perspectives of sexuality as seen throughout different societies; the ‘science of sexuality’ and ‘erotic art’. Both of these representations of sexuality can be seen as a significant contribution to societies’ harsh judgment towards weight loss. A main focus of Foucault’s claim can be related to the suppression of urges in both the sexual sense and the nourishment sense. Additionally, Foucault discusses the role of ‘preserving health’ to…

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    different compromise solutions, including the idea that individuals should upload a picture at registration to eliminate the need for photo ID. Ultimately, it is this sort of innovation that is needed in the Voter-ID debate. However, these practical half measures do not fully address the issues in the ideological plane. In deciding which issue takes precedence in determining solutions, history must be examined within the present day context. Historically, both voter fraud and voter exclusion…

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    revealed the true extent of the borrowing. Peterson found that 95 percent of maintenance’s budget was slashed, along with 22 percent of vegetation and watershed management’s, 13 percent of recreation, heritage and wilderness activities’, and 17 percent of wildlife and fisheries habitat management’s. All of these departments have very important and fundamental jobs in the National Forest system. They help to save endangered and threatened species, maintain forest infrastructure, prevent erosion,…

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    Wildland Fire Mitigation

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    While wildfires have been around since the beginning of time, our encroachment into forested areas and dry locations such as southern California requires mitigation to reduce loss of lives and property damage. The most impactful thing I see the communities and individual owners do is vegetation management. There are multiple ways to fight overgrowth of vegetation; prescribed burning, chemical treatments, and mechanical treatments (San Diego County Wildland Fire Task Force Findings and…

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    Mill On Dissent Opinions

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    Mill asserts that there exists a “peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion…, robbing the human race…[and] those who dissent from the [unpopular] opinion, still more than those who hold it.” Mill supports his assertion that silencing one individual is equivalent to silencing mankind itself by exploring the consequences to not only the dissent opinions, but also the prevailing majority beliefs, and ultimately society as a whole. Mills abstractly states that if the dissent opinion…

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