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Assisted Suicide - 1,869 words
Walking through the corridors of any hospital would show one several things. There would be people healing, hurting, dying, and coping with all sorts of problems. Even though some of them may share the same misfortunes, they are separated into two categories: those who are still fighting for their lives and those who have given up. To those who have given up, the thought of suicide always arises because one no longer has the desire to deal with a problem and they just want out. There may be a man whose withered and shaky hands can not even hold a cup for a drink of water which aides him in choking down the never ending line of pills he must take every day to keep his body from completely bre ...
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Queen Mab - 1,370 words
"A dream is a wish your heart makes," according to Cinderella. Are dreams and fairytales an idealistic notion, or are they actually conceivable? In the play, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo's best companion, Mercutio makes a speech reflecting upon the essence of dreams and fantasy. Basically, it provides a brief comic relief through its mocking tone towards Romeo's latest infatuation. Romeo is obsessed with Rosaline who barely knows of his existence. Mercutio gibes Romeo through his famous monologue, which provides explicit imagery. Romeo remarks that he had a dream and Mercutio adds that he also had a dream. In Mercutio's description of his dream the readers grasps a distinct image of Queen Mab, a ...
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Big Bang - 1,574 words
Our universe is a vast abyss, always expanding without bound. Many objects in space are exciting and intriguing. Mysterious surround many findings and cosmologists, astrophysicists, and astronomers work to obtain a better understanding of these strange phenomena. One great mystery is that of the black hole, which since the early 1960?s has been the object of many scientists? work, but has been dated to be the topic of discussion since 1783, when a astronomer named John Michell first recorded his findings. Questions still surround these holes such as; What are black holes, how are they formed, and how do cosmologists find them? (These answers can be found throughout the paper.) ?Since 1960 th ...
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Gilgamesh Vs Genesis - 1,821 words
In our society, which is overwhelmingly Judeo-Christian, students often find it difficult to compare Bible stories with tales from other cultures, because our own belief system is wrapped up in the prior, and it is hard for many of us to go against our traditional faith to evaluate them objectively. But in a comparison of the Biblical book of Genesis with the ancient Sumerian text, Epic of Gilgamesh, many parallels suggest that the same type of spiritual searching inspired the composition of both works. It would seem that both cultures shared a concern for the nature of human life, and how its shortness affects the way life should be lived. However, the conclusions each culture derived from ...
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Construction Of A Geneticis - 1,003 words
I. A. The construction of a geneticist follows a difficult path of education, preparation, and hard work. VI. Interview -Attraction, Personal Insight VII. Conclusion- Why I would or wouldn't be a genetic engineer? The construction of a geneticist is a person that follows a difficult path of education, preparation, and hard work. Geneticists along with all branches of Genetic Engineering have grown in numbers and importance over the last hundred years. Geneticists have accomplished things that Isaac Asimov and authors like him only dreamed about. What was science fiction then is science fact now, the cycle continues through this day. (Facklam 16) The genetic field will continue to grow until ...
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Fate On Juliet In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet - 1,209 words
... e story, but it is also meant to show Juliet mature from a girl to a woman. 'Barron's Book Notes on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet' also states,'The best mark of Juliet's maturity is that she's strong enough to be true to herself and to Romeo, even though everyone is against it, and the cost is very high.' She was not that strong at the beginning of the play and her newfound strength is what pulls her to the end. G. K. Carey, M. A., also explains, 'In short, Juliet develops from a heroine of light comedy to a heroine of tragedy.' It is very evident that Juliet is the true heroine of the play who has fate opposing her and keeping her from happiness. The power of fate is introduced ...
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'social Science Fiction' In Asimov's Work - 1,525 words
PART I "Social science fiction?" Science fiction is a term familiar to many people. This is especially true due to the tremendous influence of television. But the term "social science fiction," although not heard too often, is a term is descriptive of most of today's science fiction literature. "But what does it mean?" Social science fiction is the term given to literature "which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings."(1) It is to be set apart from the adventure or "gadget" science fiction which is characterized by simplistic plots and flat characters. Social science fiction is concerned with the problems presented to humanity by technology and science. This th ...
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'social Science Fiction' In Asimov's Work - 1,365 words
... other who is wary of technology and would rather see her daughter with real friends, the little girl's father who sees technology as a boon to mankind, and the little girl who is entirely ignorant of the fact that Robbie is a robot and would rather think of it as a friend. The next story, "Runaround" takes place on the planet Mercury. Being another world, Asimov has chosen two new characters, George Powell and Michael Donovan. These two are field-testers for the largest robot manufacturer, U.S. Robotics and Mechanical Men Inc. They are on Mercury to test out a new series of robot specially designed to go out onto the hot surface of Mercury and retrieve a valuable element, selenium. Asimo ...
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The Fourth Law Of Robotics - 1,581 words
ter>Sam Vaknin's Psychology, Philosophy, Economics and Foreign Affairs Web Sites Sigmund Freud said that we have an uncanny reaction to the inanimate. This is probably because we know that - despite pretensions and layers of philosophizing - we are nothing but recursive, self aware, introspective, conscious machines. Special machines, no doubt, but machines althesame. The series of James bond movies constitutes a decades-spanning gallery of human paranoia. Villains change: communists, neo-nazis, media moguls. But one kind of villain is a fixture in this psychodrama, in this parade of human phobias: the machine. James Bond always finds himself confronted with hideous, vicious, malicious machi ...
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Brokeback Mountain: A Timeless Struggle - 1,303 words
ter> A Timeless Struggle: Knowing the Right Thing to do and Doing the Right Thing Author Isaac Asimov once wrote, Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right. This saying came to mind while reading both Montana 1948 and Brokeback Mountain. The authors, Larry Watson (Montana 1948) and Annie Proulx (Brokeback Mountain) both write stories with the internal conflict of man vs. himself. In Montana 1948 Larry Watsons main characters the Hayden family cope with a situation of sexual abuse that forces them to search for their moral base and choose between right and wrong. Each member of the family begins at a different in their moral expedition, but eventually end up with the ...
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New Ideas In Contemporary Science Fiction - 769 words
Our June issue features "Sidehunter," a wild and wooly adventure by Rajnar Vajra, set on a colorful and very alien world that allows no dull moments. But no matter how hostile the world, a troubleshooter may find that the problem has at least as much to do with the people who hired her. Wolf Read, of course, is the perfect artist to bring such a place to visual life, and hes provided a spectacular cover and opening spread. Our fiction line-up also includes a new Brenda Cooper and Larry Niven tale (set in the same future as "Choosing Life" in our January issue), a worthy successor to Jerry Oltions "Astral Astronauts" story in the May issue, the first new "Victor" story in way too long from Gr ...
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The Runner - 645 words
Pounding, rushing footsteps started to close in on me. The roar of the crowd echoed, as I extended my hand to receive the baton that signaled my turn to run. As I tightly wrapped my fingers around it, I felt the wind rush around me, and my tired legs started to carry me faster than I ever dreamed possible. As I rounded the final stretch of track I remember battling fatigue by contemplating two paths: slow down and give up my chance of winning to gain momentary comfort, or push myself even harder and give up momentary comfort to receive greater rewards later. I chose the second path and later held a trophy that represented my perseverance and hard work. The years of running consistently choo ...
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Nicolaus Copernicus - 855 words
Nicolaus Copernicus, who lived from 1473 until 1543, is known for his idea that the sun is motionless at the center of the universe and that the earth and other planets all revolve around it. This Polish astronomer revolutionized beliefs involving the universe, making his thoughts controversial in his time, but common knowledge in our own (Westman). Before the time of Copernicus, people had extremely different views of the universe. A Greek astronomer named Ptolemy had his own theory of the earth and its relationship with the sun and other planets. Around 140 AD, he came up with a system that showed the earth at the center of the universe with the sun and planets revolving around it in a sph ...
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The Machine That Won The War - 670 words
The Machine That Won the War, by Isaac Asimov. The setting of The Machine That Won the War is the future of the earth, and a great war had just been won against the enemy race. Two men, Swift and Henderson, are the main characters, and are debating over who really won the war for earth. They are discussing whether or not it was the giant strategy computer known as Multivac, or the men in charge of making the maneuvers and programming the computer. The author Isaac Asimov is using description and argument as his modes of discourse for the story. In the story, Henderson who is an excitable man, explained that the fact that Multivac was nothing more than a large machine, only capable of doing w ...
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