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My Own Ghost
The Ghost, who appeared as a young girl, ran freely about the clearing, unmindful of the unyielding blades of grass that threatened her pale feet at each step, freezing at random intervals to stare at some motion or shape or creature that had caught her attention. She chattered on, exclaiming at each new thing that came into her sight.
"Oh! Look! That tree the one right over there with the roots and the knots and the cloud above it the one with all the whorls and spirals they almost look like but wait, the cloud's drifting, now it looks more likeoh, can you see these flowers? The colours I wonder why those colours? Are there bees here to cross-pollinate and do they have stings or is there an entirely different method of pollination and wouldn't the whole place be covered in flowers if nothing ever dies so is there never anything new or do plants die Oh, look, there's another man over there, he's talking to someone, I wonder who, he
Cthulhu and Heaven
On the bus ride to Heaven (that is a weird phrase to type), Lewis is told by a fellow bus rider (whom Lewis calls the Intelligent Man) that all the houses he saw in Hell were imaginary, and didn't keep out the rain or anything. When Lewis asks what the point is of an imaginary house, the man replies: "Safety at least, the feeling of safety." Lewis sensibly asks: "And what protection could an imaginary house give if there was any danger?"
Imagination is no defense against reality. Believing you have a gun is no use against a wild boar, and wishing for an umbrella is no use against the rain. The dangers that the Intelligent Man is worried about, while only hinted at in The Great Divorce, would likely not bother themselves about any imaginary houses. This is part of the point in the anecdote, that people use imagination to guard against reality but it will do no good.
However, reading this anecdote, my mind was sent off in a different direction than imagination versus reality
Logic and Theology
What part does logic play in theology?
Logic is the attempt to lay out the fundamental rules of the universe, not those which God laid down, e.g. physics and chemistry, but rather the rules by which even God must play, because it is literally impossible to go against them; there is no way to contradict them. Although perhaps it is a mistake to say that God must follow logic. Rather, logic follows God in the same sense that goodness and love do; they are a part of Him and proceed from Him, neither separate from Him nor containing Him.
In any case, logic then reveals to us a part of God. It is a way for us to understand Him without any interpretation difficulties. Of course, it gives us a rather abstract picture, telling us that He cannot create both an unstoppable force and an immovable object, rather than telling us why He created us or what He would think of gun control. Logic does not pretend to reveal God's thoughts; what it does instead is display a framework within which God's tho
Morgana smiled into the moonlight as she listened to Merlin settle on the grass beside her.
"It's a long time since I've seen you so happy," he mused.
"What's left to worry about?" she replied softly. "It's all over and done with, now."
He hummed in agreement.
"Camelot will, for good or ill, carry on without us. It'll have to. Everyone else is dead: Arthur, Morgause, Gwen " She paused. "I am sorry about Gwaine. He didn't deserve that."
Merlin did not reply.
"What's there left to fight about?" she continued. "Camelot will fall, no matter what you do. Arthur will return, no matter what I do."
They sat in silence, pondering.
Then he grinned --- his proper fool's grin that she hadn't seen since she'd begun to smirk. He sprang to his feet, and with a flash of his eyes changed his torn clothing to a silver tunic, with that ridiculous manservant's cap and (of course) a blue neckerchief. The result was quite motley.
He bowed graciously, and proffered his hand. "My lady
Justice and Power in the Warren Court
Justice for the Country, Power to the Court
The first Supreme Court, nicknamed the Marshall Court for Chief Justice John Marshall, is rather famed, thanks to its lasting effect on American history. The Marshall Court truly established the judicial branch as one to be contended with. Few Supreme Courts that followed embarked upon the same path. Some courts remained in the background, and some went along with the policies of the rest of the government, but some courts took stands on what they understood as hallowed ground and defended the principles of the Constitution. Led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Court was a court that followed the Marshall Court's lead, taking the controversies and turning them into historical precedent and social progress. The Warren court had a huge impact on history through various cases, such as: Brown v. Board of Education, which started the ball rolling in desegregation; Baker v. Carr, which upheld the democratic principles of the C
Success And Failure For Upton Sinclair
The Jungle: Success or Failure for Upton Sinclair
The first decade of the 1900's saw many reforms come about that had been strived for and dreamed of for many years: referendums, secret ballots, and a president supportive of unions, to name a few achievements. Of course, the reformers of this time did not achieve so much by resting on the work of bygone activists. One of the foremost reformers and one of the most renowned was Upton Sinclair, an American novelist and muckraker. Sinclair's foremost novel was entitled The Jungle, a mixture of fact and fiction that aimed not to excel in literary style but rather to prompt reform. In his auxiliary goals of spurring economic reform, Upton Sinclair succeeded with The Jungle (mostly through federal legislation), though politically he saw only marginal gains and in his primary aim of social reform Sinclair did not have any effect save in the long-term.
Upton Sinclair was a socialist and a progressive, and for
The Difference Between Villains and Antagonists
Well, it's December. Normally I would spend this time of year rambling about the new Hobbit movie (and trust me, that time will come), but I thought of trying something a little different this year. I sort of had a fanfiction-themed month back in April, and since that lent itself to a few interesting literary topics, I figured why not do another theme month? That's why I'm officially declaring this December my Villain Month.
Discussions about writing villains, lectures on the elements of villains, case-studies on famous villains from fiction -- I'm going to cover as much as I can before the end of the year. There's a lot to blog about, and seeing how we're already a week into December, let's dive in! I'll start with a fairly basic question that's been in my head for a while:
What is the difference between villains and antagonists?
We all know essentially what both of those terms mean, and they're often used interchangeably when discussing movies, books, and other storytelling me
So I Wrote an Essay...Everyone who watched cartoons as a child is familiar with the popular persona of SpongeBob Squarepants and his crazy aquatic friends. I want to bring to mind one specific episode of the long-running show, one regarding the affair of imagination. It seems like a silly thing to mention, but this installment perfectly demonstrates this topic by which I am so captivated. To briefly summarize the moral of the episode, imagination is the key to enjoying simple things.
Now, this statement is obviously true of the early stages of one's life, when a creative mind is a crucial component of a child's learning experience and development into a healthy individual. While I have never been athletic, self-confident, even all that courteous, I would consider my childhood to be quite rich because of the presence of that vital imagination. I have met literal, shallow people without a scrap of imagination in their entire personality, and those people almost frighten me. The words "it's not real" are the w
Cardiac CycleStarts at: ESV/Isovolumetric Relaxation
ESV- End Systolic Volume.
Isovolumetric Relaxation- All valves in heart are CLOSED. Ventricles acquire negative pressure. Tricuspid and Mitral Valves open.
S3-- Opening of Mitral Valve/Tricuspid, sound of blood filling the ventricles quickly.
1) Ventricles fill with blood quickly
2) Diastasis-blood flow into ventricles decreased
P Wave- Atrial Depolarization
P-Q Segment- Atrial Contraction, more blood is forced into the ventricles
QRS- Ventricles are full of blood, causing EDV (End Diastolic Volume).
QRS- Atrial Repolarization
QRS- Ventricular Depolarization
S-T Segment- Ventricular Contraction.
S-T Segment- S1, result of Mitral and Tricuspid Valves being shut and heart being thrust again chest wall
Isovolumetirc Contraction- The pressure in each ventricular must reach the appropriate pressure to force open the semilunar valves. The Right Ventricle needs t
Cioran - La Caduta nel Tempo - 30Donde la nostra stanchezza, aggravata dagli sforzi stessi che abbiamo prodigato per abiturci alla civiltà, a tutto ciò che essa implica di corruzione tardiva. Che la natura sia anch'essa corrotta, non si può negarlo; ma questa corruzione senza data è un male immemoriale e inevitabile, a cui ci adattiamo d'ufficio, mentre quello della civiltà, nato dalle nostre opere o dai nostri capricci, tanto più opprimente in quanto ci sembra fortuito, porta il marchio di una scelta o di una fantasia, di una fatalità premeditata o arbitraria; a torto o a ragione, crediamo che avrebbe potuto non svilupparsi, e che solo da noi dipendeva che non insorgesse. E questo ce lo rende, una volta per tutte, ancora più odioso di quanto non sia. Non ci rassegniamo a doverlo sopportare e a far fronte alle miserie sottili che ne derivano, quando potevamo accontentarci di quelle grossolane e, tutto sommato, sopportabili, di cui la natura ci ha largamente provv
Bronies from a Sociological Perspective"When I came into Star Trek with Patrick, the Star Trek fan base had already been established. I feel like I’m at the beginning and watching of a new fan base and I want to invite you who are Trek fans to embrace Friendship Is Magic fans because I discovered that we all have a lot in common."
-John de Lancie, Star Trek actor and My Little Pony voice actor
On October 10, 2010, the Hub Network aired the premiere of a reboot of My Little Pony called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It’s creator, Lauren Faust, intended for the show to appeal to not only the children it was marketed toward, but also to adults who either grew up with the original series or were forced to watch it with their kids. She succeeded, but not in the way or to the extent she thought she would.
After the show’s premiere various internet sites, particularly 4-chan, began to explode with discussion and jokes. From there, word spread throughout the internet and My Little Pony gained a fandom of adu
Influence Personality PsychologySocial Influence
What causes us to obey to authority figures such as police, teachers and politicians and why do people conform to social norms? A number of psychologists have tries to explain obedience and social influence, and in this section of Psychologist World we look at studies, theories and explanations of the influences we succumb to in every day life.
The events of World War II and the Holocaust, in which millions were sacrificed by soldiers' willingness to obey to authority figues in Nazi Germany raise questions as to why people are willing to bypass their own values and morals in favour of another person's.
The first form of influence in our lives comes from the roles we see ourselves as fulfilling, explaining why some groups of society behave in a similar way en mass. For example, a student in school will usually treat their teacher with more respect than, say, another child. When they leave school, they will act differently towards different people dependi
Good morning (251) bitterness Thoughtصباح الخير (251) مرارة الفكر
السلام عليكم والعام السابع بعون الله نبدأه بصباح جديد تقبل الله منا ومنكم صالح الأعمال:
نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة
Seven of Nine vs. Kes
How did one of "Star Trek's" most fascinating characters earn a sizable hatred, just for replacing some Tinkerbell imposter? On the other hand, maybe Kes doesn't deserve the hate she gets either; she's like, two years old, give her a break! Only one thing is certain; there isn't enough room for two cheesecakes on Voyager! Who will be victorious? Which assets will prove more powerful--ESP, or Borg nanoprobes? Mini-skirts, or catsuits? We list the pros of each, and you decide!
Reasons Seven of Nine Pawns Kes:
1.) Seven is accused of being a copy of Data, the best TNG character ever. Kes is accused of copying Troi. What does that say?
2.) How many ex-Borg characters existed in sci-fi before Seven? How many ESP fairy-princesses before Kes?
3.) "The fun will now commence."
4.) Seven chooses Chakotay. Kes chooses Neelix…
5.) Hey! Looks aren't what matters! Think about brains, and personality! ….Seven chooses Chakotay…and Kes picks Neelix…
6.) Seven's evil
Liberty. Freedom. America.
Every candidate in every political party will use those words, trying to make you believe that their party is the patriotic choice (and therefore the only choice).
I will not.
I will not tell you that, if you are a true American, our party is the only option. I will not say that a vote for me is a vote for George Washington, or Abraham Lincoln, or Chuck Norris. I will definitely not state that to vote for my opponents is to vote for Communists or Nazis. I will not say any of that, however true it may be.
I will, however, tell you what a vote for me does mean.
It means minimum taxes and maximum protection of your privacy.
It means minimum gun control regulations and maximum liberty.
It means a free market for business. It means letting states try out education ideas and not forcing the federal government's ridiculous tests on all kids. It means protecting doctors from lawsuits when they were just trying to save a life.
The poster you see here says that
AerosolIt has been a day and a half since the crash, and I have found a cabin. In some ways, this is a relief. I don’t know if I could face another night on the mountain without shelter. Outside, a fire does no good: the heat simply travels upwards. However, this place also raises some difficult questions. I estimate that I’ve put eight miles between myself and the crash site. I don’t know if this will be enough. It Saving...
occurs to me that I don’t really know anything.
The survival manual recommends staying with the plane. It explains that this affords the best chance of rescue. It explains that the wreckage offers warmth and shade. It explains that seventy percent of pilots who stay are located within three days, while seventy percent of those who leave are
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