By David Ramirez
I too, sing America.
I am the dirtier brother.
They tell me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I cry,
Because I can’t eat,
Nor can I grow.
I’ll have a table
When company comes,
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
They’ll see the hope in me,
And be saddened-
I too, am America.
Our Rorschach test shows unanswered questions because it is yet to be answered what it really is. Moreover, it shows impact because it affects the way one's point of view is and like shown in the book, it can change reality. Furthermore, it relates to Rene Descartes because it shows how one perceives but the perceptions are different.
Our Project shows both the positive and negative possibilities that could have happened on the Little Prince's planet. The glass case around the rose represents the love and dedication the prince has for her while the wall shows the separation of reality and the pilot's thoughts.
ELA Blog Post #5- Rene' Descartes Quiz
Rene' Descartes' ideas show that perceiving is an irrefutable truth and there is no doubt it is happening but the perception that comes from the brain can be false or misinterpreted by other people so it is doubtable. Also, perceptions can be fainted or created by society/authority but someone perceiving is their own and is not changed.
ELA Blog Post #5-"Abstraction"
Our painting shows how our first element(an uzi) creates balance and chaos shown in the fire and ice. It shows in the green leading towards the middle that the uzi leads toward chaos. The middle where all the colors mix and meet up represents the chaos caused by the uzi.
I Think Therefore I Am pt.2
After analyzing Rene Descartes' philosophical text, I now believe that Descartes' principle " I think therefore I am" means that he knows he exists and the fact he is thinking about that proves it. Also, his theories show that the mind thinking is an irrefutable truth but perceptions and senses can be false. His principles also showed that "I think therefore I am" means I am alive because I can think and that he can think because also experience the six passions.
ELA Blog #3- FFA and ARG Essays
Flowers for Algernon Essay
The Many Discoveries by Charlie Gordon
During the 1960’s when cruel experiments were conducted on mentally ill people, many did not always work. In the fictional short story “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, they conduct an experiment on a 37-year-old and his IQ triples from a 68 to 204 and with that IQ he makes discoveries about the world around him, before reverting back to a 68 IQ. After Charlie’s IQ triples, he makes discoveries about: his personality and character changes, the people around him, and about how he will be affected by the operation.
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First of all, one discovery Charlie makes is about the people around him. After Charlie’s IQ being tripled, he noticed how his “friends” actually treat him . For example, Charlie notices “...I never knew that Joe and Frank and the others liked to have me around all the time to make fun of me”(293). This means that Joe and Frank only have him around Charlie reacts to finding out everyone laughs at him by saying,“I think it’s a good thing finding out how everybody laughs at me. I thought about it alot. It’s because I’m so dumb and I don’t even know when I’m doing something dumb. People think it’s funny when a dumb person can’t do things the same way they can”(293). This means that Charlie found it helpful to know that people laughed at his mistakes. He stated that people laughed at the fact that dumb people wouldn’t do things as well as others. These discoveries led Charlie to discover over time how the people around him treated dumb people and how they had treated him.
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Yet another discovery Charlie made was about his change in personality and character and how he was before. Over time, Charlie begins to notice how different he is from his past self. After seeing a dumb person mess up and being laughed at he notices,“I’d hidden the picture of the old Charlie Gordon from myself because now that I was intelligent it was something that had to be pushed out of my mind. But today in looking at that boy, for the first time I saw what I had been. I was just like him”(299)! This means that Charlie noticed how he was pushing away his past self and that he had been just like the boy who messed up and was laughed at. After being fired, one of Charlie's friends tells Charlie about his changes and she states, “ You used to be a good, dependable, ordinary man- not too bright maybe, but honest. Who knows what you done to yourself to get so smart all of a sudden. Like everybody around here’s been saying, Charlie, it’s not right”(297). This is the perspective of one of Charlie’s friends on his changes. She states that before he was good, dependable and ordinary but now he is changed and she doesn’t believe they are right. To summarize, Charlie notices his personality change and one of his friends tells him that they don’t see them as positive changes.
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A third discovery Charlie makes involves the effect of the operation on him. After reading psychology books and studying, Charlie notices that his 204 IQ is temporary. Charlie notices that there will be no way to escape the intellectual decrease. After conducting research, Charlie comes to a conclusion and he states,“...The facts and results of my experiment are clear, and the more sensational aspects of my own rapid climb cannot obscure the fact that the tripling of intelligence by the surgical technique developed by Drs.Strauss and Nemur must be viewed as having little or no practical applicability(at the present time to the increase of human intelligence”(301). This means that Charlie finalizes that the technique used by Dr.Nemur and Dr.Strauss at the time does not boost human intelligence. Moreover, he cannot deny the fact that his intelligence will decrease and will slowly change over time. After finding out the results of his operation and the outcome, Charlie states,“...I will continue to record my thoughts in these progress reports. It is one of my few pleasures. However, by all indications, my own mental deterioration will be very rapid”(302). In other words, Charlie’s research leads him to a conclusion that his memory loss will be very rapid. This means that Charlie’s discoveries eventually led him to find out how his intelligence will change over time.
In conclusion, Charlie’s many discoveries led him to learning about his future, the people around him, and how his personality and character change over time. This story teaches that discoveries are not always good and that sometimes ignorance is bliss. This is shown throughout the story and can be applied to the world because at many times people can be better off without knowing something that is actually happening. This is universal because it can apply to everyone. Therefore, although discoveries can lead to knowledge, many times discoveries can be negative and may affect one’s perspective on the world.
Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966. Print.
Argumentative Essay #1
Social Media: Good or Bad?
In America alone, 78% of people use social media. This is a majority of people who spend their time using apps such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. But is all this use negative or positive? Three sources that explore and research social media were examined. These include an article by Melissa Healy,”Teenage Social Media Butterflies May not be such a bad Idea”, another article by Hilary Stout, “Antisocial Networking?”, and a research study by Youngstown State University titled “Use of Social Media by College Students: Relationship to communication and self-concept”. Since 2010 when facebook was made, teens around the world have communicating digitally, and even more nowadays due to the establishment of others such as Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest and Instagram. Many parents have now been wondering whether this has positively or negatively impacted their interpersonal communication skills, which leads to the question,”What have been contributions of social media to people nowadays?” Three ways social media has positively contributed are: Encourages Interaction, Boosts Self-Concept, and Grants Freedom of Self Expression.
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One positive contribution by social media on teens and adolescents has been it encouraged them towards interpersonal communication. Interpersonal communication is also known as face to face communication and people think it has diminished due to social media. However, evidence against this can be found in Document C where it states,”According to the 96 students surveyed, 74 still prefered face-to-face communication.” It can be concluded from this that social media has not diminished interpersonal communication but it has encouraged it instead. Another piece of evidence was found in Document B where the author states,”Beth Caferty, a high school Spanish teacher in Hasbrouck Heights, estimates that her daughter sends hundreds of texts each day.”I actually think they’re closer because they’re more in contact with each other” she said. This means that the use of social media has made and strengthened friendships due to more use of social media. So to summarize, the use of social media has encouraged and increased interpersonal communication and also strengthened friendships.
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A second contribution by social media has been that it has increased the self-concept of people. For Example, in Document A it states,” I’m thinking for the most part, Facebook has been beneficial to my sons,” Mr. Wilson said.”For Evan, the No. 1 reason is it’s helping him come out of his shell and develop social skills that he wasn’t learning because he’s so shy. I couldn’t just push him out of the house and say ‘find someone’.” In other words, social media has raised his self-concept and developed his social skills as well. Another piece of evidence can be found in Document C and the author states,”Due to digital technology, users can show considerable information about themselves and friends. This self-disclosure is a way to open their own identities of how they want others to perceive them. Intimate self-disclosures help produce greater intimacy in computer mediated communication than in face-to-face contact. Producing an attractive personal profile for others to admire is a way to improve self-concept. This means allowing people to create themselves a personal profile sets up their personal identity and improves their self-concept.
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A third and final contribution by social networks has been it grants self-expression to users . Evidence can be found in Document A and the author states,” The digital world is creating new opportunities for youth to grapple social norms, explore interests, and develop technical skills and to experiment forms of self-expression, the group’s 2008 paper concluded.” It can be concluded that social media allowed people to express themselves and create a personality and identity for themselves. Another piece of evidence was found in Document C and the authors stated,”Identity formation occurs during emerging adulthood as many adults as young adults are figuring out who they are as a person. Since this is a time of exploration and change, individuals may seek peer feedback to help foster their self identity. Emerging adults use social media communication methods as they make lifelong decisions for themselves.” This means that social media allows people to find a form of self identity and develops a lifelong personality for someone. And while some may argue that social media diminishes the personality and identity of one it was seen in Document A that social media has allowed people for people to develop a personality and create and identity proving them wrong.
In Conclusion, social media has an overall positive impact in one’s interpersonal communication skills, self-concept, and how they express themselves. This is important because it allows people to develop skills that make them more successful and are needed by people everywhere. Moreover, expressing yourself and having self-concept allows one to create an identity for themselves and to be unique. It can be concluded from the three resources that social media has had an overall positive effect on the personality of people across the world.
Stout, Hilary. "Antisocial Networking?" The New York Times. The New York Times, 01 May 2010. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.
Blog Post #2- Mindset Project
Gate Icons and Imperatives
A recent study showed that many students have a fixed mindset when thinking about the future and it’s origins lead back to little details in one’s childhood. Carol Dweck concluded from an experiment that people’s mindsets are different. In a study with the soccer team the Blackburn Rovers, Dweck found that certain players weren’t reaching their full potential(¶.1). This was due to a common myth that said one’s talent -was gained at birth, not developed.This same issue is what is occurring with many children. Children then feel like they can’t learn or get better and give up, because they are scared to fail.
The growth mindset theory is important because it shows how one's own mind can be it’s limitation to learn. Moreover, it changed teacher’s way of teaching across the world and it also broke common belief that one’s intelligence was inherited.The growth and fixed mindset matters because some people have problems like the fixed mindset that gets bad grades. In an article by US News, it states that parents are treating children when they succeed like if it’s a consolation prize. Not only has the growth mindset affected student’s way of thinking by showing their intelligence can grow and doesn’t stay the same, it has affected teacher’s way of teaching, and the way parents parent as well.
For our poster we chose to put buildings because buildings show growth and reaching the sky. Also, we chose to draw the details sign and origins imperative to show which one’s we used. To symbolize growth vs fixed mindset, we made a building that represents how fixed mindset stays at one level and how growth mindset rises to the top.
Blog Post #1- "Cogito
This year's theme is "Cogito Ergo Sum" which means "I think therefore I am"-Rene Descartes. To me this quote means that I won't change my ideas due to other's judgement. Moreover, it means that my unique ideas and thoughts are what make me "me". What I think Rene Descartes meant was that if he was thinking that meant he existed because a human needs to think. Rene said this because if one is doubting their existence, they must exist because an existing human has to think.