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The Social Brain - 1,429 words
The ability of humans to learn and retain knowledge is an incredible power source and also a dominant characteristic of the human species. The intricate abilities of the mind allow for humans to learn skills and to have the power to control and dominate the world they live in by means of learned behavior. The two cerebral hemispheres of the left and right specialize in motor and sensory skills which specialize the socialy established beliefs and behaviors unique to humans. In writing The Social Brain Michael Gazzaniga proclaims an understanding of the principle of both the right and left brain hemispheres by examining split brain patients. Gazzaniga believes in cognitive dissidence and studi ...
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Is Pokemon Evil - 1,635 words
"Gotta catch 'em all" - Why has Pokmon received such acclaim and criticism The world's most common thought systems, the '-isms' of the world - conservatism, liberalism, fundamentalism, fascism, etc - are ideologies. Collins dictionary defines Ideology as 'a body of ideas that reflects the beliefs of a nation, political system etc.'. Yet it is difficult to define the word and the concept of ideology as those that often arise create contradictions. Terry Eagleton highlights some of the definitions and discusses this problem, for example he says that if 'ideology means any set of beliefs motivated by social interests, then it cannot signify the dominant forms of thought in a society' . In fact ...
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Race - 1,457 words
A prejudice is an unjustified negative attitude toward a group, a category of people, or a cultural practice. Prejudice against a group carries a strong emotional discomfort with, dislike of, or outright hatred of its members. Often it is based on a negative stereotype that resists rational argument. Some prejudices come from experience, such as unpleasant or baffling encounter with someone from another ethnic group. Many prejudices are passed along from parents to children, in messages that say We dont associate with people like that, sometimes without either generation having ever met the object of their dislike. Some come from the images that the media convey, for instance, of men and wom ...
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The Love Of Love - 331 words
The virtues of Christianity stand so high above all practices. What social practice has as its praised and adored hero one who teaches, love your enemies, or do good to all? . What great virtue is promoted to all when the lessons are give, love, bless, do good. Any Nation with a great complement of its inhabitants attaining to this ideal will truly be a paradise. A paradise that is so much more preferable to those of simply sun, sand and sea. Christianity is the only practice that has unconditional love as its epicenter. Religions there are of all sorts, and all except Christianity have issues of exclusions. Christianity correct says total inclusion, love, peace, justice, equality. The God o ...
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What Is Culture? - 1,995 words
... rds "boy" and ''man'' with respect to what they say about a person's role and stature in society. Similarly, use of the words "girl" and "woman" has been important to the women's movement. Not only are roles and statuses reflected in language, but language seems to shape a person's identity and sense of self. Language concepts can raise mental fences around the conceptions of self available to us and to others. The concept of "old" as applied to people in our society, for example, has generally implied that "old" people do not want or need sex, despite recent research showing that they desire and enjoy sexual relations of all kinds (Starr and Weiner, 1980). And by excluding sex as part o ...
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Religions Function In Society - 1,175 words
is reinforced when backed by supernatural authority. Thus one's neighbor may be exorcized from his or her community when a behavior is seen as socially unacceptable or inappropriate. Examples of this in the Jewish-Christian community would be the breaking of the Ten Commandments such as stealing, committing adultery, or murdering. Another social function of religion is to "enable people to express their common identity in an emotionally charged environment" ( Ferraro 308). Group solidarity is intensified for those who practice it. When members of a religious group come together to practice religious beliefs, they often bond by participating in other non-religious activities as well. (Ferraro ...
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Deviant Is More Than A Label - 1,148 words
... nly when the activity is brought to the public attention may the stigma become important (Study Guide p 17). ...Social groups create deviance by making the rules whose infraction constitutes deviance, and by applying those rules to particular people and labeling them as outsiders ( Howard Becker reading A5). From this perspective deviance is not a quality of the act a person commits, but rather a consequence of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an 'offender'. The deviant is the one to whom that label has been successfully applied; deviant behaviour is behaviour that people so label ( Howard Becker reading A5).In the case of Aboriginal drinking society attempts to contro ...
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Pilgrimage In Christian Culture - 1,210 words
Secondly, and relatedly, Williams was keen to articulate the ways in which our lived experiences, in their richness of detail, are seldom recognised in what he called the official languages of modernity. He believed that the work of the long revolution was to give voice to, and make hegemonic, those human experiences which are altered, squeezed out and made silent in the official languages of modernity. Attending to these political tasks of our everyday life involves great honesty and great bravery. For Williams, the revolutionary spirit resides in daring to know that the things, which seem individual and particular and very difficult are, actually, shared by millions - and in giving these t ...
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