Week 10: BAR

Question 2: response- “We know that science has the potential to alleviate hunger, disease, and even war. But without the will to protect these accomplishments and the desire to improve on them, life will remain unpredictable” (par. 16)

Science in itself has the power to greatly influence events, but will only bring about tangiable progress if made a top priority. To prioritize, it is essential give importance to, respect, encourage and protect all rights assosciated with and needed to acheive a certain thing. In this case, scientific research must be seen as a respectable study and one that is practiced with a focus on the integrity of information. If society wishes to improve upon it’s standards for hunger, disease and war, it must first take a critical look at the components of such phenomenon and respond adequately.


The response of science is not simply then research, but action as well. Science is often conceptualized as a simple accumulation of knowledge and an understanding of the patterns that exist in the world. However, progress implies action to which sciene is fully capable of doing. Coupled with information are inventions that work to organize and improve human actions and to assist in the places where humans biologically lack. With science being an extension of humanity, it is then possible that society may improve as it betters current events and calls for a better way of living that what was previously perceived and excercised in the past.

Week 9 : BAR

Question 1: Rublack gives importance to Matthaus Scharz in her essay. She marks him as the spark to not only documenting, but trading and showcasing different styles of dress. Under the essay sub-heading, “Dressed to thrill” it is clear that Scharz is the prime example of an individua who saw clothing as more than just fabrics made for practical standards. Instead, Sharz introduzed a new era of bringing symbolism to the type and colour of cloth used for genders, races, and classes of people. Moreover, Scharz was the first to use clothing as a means of showcasing power and prestige to “thrill’ is audience and inspire them to do the same. The rest of Rublack’s essay uses Scharz’s character and ideals as a starting point to which she breaks off and goes into more historical detail of the ever changing fashion history.

Question 3: It does not surprise me that a large portion of Rublack’s essay is in a male perspective and male focus. It is common knowledge that males were dominant in historical culture in the sense that they were often the ones to document events, lead communities and dictate what a women could and should wear. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that major fashion trends were first introduced by men and then was applied to female dress as well. More importantly, it is not surprising that woman would follow this trend as well as history proves that the clothes they wore could only be from the money that their husbands or fathers purchased for them given that they themselves would only do domestic work.

Week 6:BAR

Question 1: Doyle has a beautiful sense of imagery. The image of the heart as not simply an organ pumping blood, but an instrument that counts time and has multiple connections and paths encourages readers to look deeper for meanings and hidden truths. By firstly describing hearts of mammamals, Doyle plays on the biological significance of a heart and it’s functions, but by relating it back in the 6th paragragh to the human purpose and symbolism of the heart, it connects the reader to Doyle’s true argument. When Doyle speaks of how hard a heart must work, how it thrives to simply be alive, like a hummingbird’s heart beating too fast for fear of freezing over, he fully portrays his true theme in his writing.

Question 2: The last sentence in Doyle’s essay is important because it describes what humanity does to come to terms with it’s heart’s on vulnerability and mortality. The items on the list follow the same theme that they are meant to protect or enhance their heart-their purpose for being- with all of these little experiences. Each one like a little heart beat. And like the hummingbird and the blue whale, it begs the question of

whether one would rather live a short life with as many beats as possible or a long life in slow motion. Not to say that one is necessarily greater than the other, but to reinforce the idea that all hearts are built differently and that we at least as humans, can build them ourselves.

Week 5 : BAR

Question 1: Alang’s use of the telephone sets a precedent on how the Canadian legal institution should react to emerging video surveillance on modern smart phones. On pg. 48, precedents have two compenents: to link and show that the current situation is similar to that of the precents, to convince that reader that the precedent will be beneficial. Alang uses this precedent of telephones affectively as he highlights the problems that arose since it’s creation and the reaction of society as a whole to set new rules based upon it. Moreover, by linking how video surveilance is equally similar and important, he was able to better strengthen his argument.

Question 2: Alang’s argument was well layed out as it appealed to both logic and ethics. In terms of logic, he answered the important questions of what is the problem, why is it important and what has society done in the past for similar situations and what should we then do now. By systematically answering these questions, his argument was clear and convincing. As per ethics, he linked every example to everyday human encounters with the technologies he mentioned so that the legal implications of them would come easily to people once they realize how often they excercise the same norms. In other words, to put themselves into Big Brother’s shoes as well.

Week 4 : BAR

Question 2: Out of the various solutions propsed to make Generation Y consumers more financially responsible, educting youth from a young age is the best option. By allowing youth to excercise savings on a small scale with weekly allounces allows them to correctly allocate their excess cash at low risk. Once a person reaches adult hood, the influx of money coming in and out is in relatively large sums given college fees, rent and other leisure activities. Without the skills necessary to save reasonably, it would be easy to make mistakes and harder to make up after them. By developing strategies early on, it would greatly benefit Generation Y into saving their money more effectively.

Week 3 : BAR

Question 1: The last two paragraphs form a successful conclusion to Pinto’s argument. As described in pages 53- 56, Pinto was successful in achieving and executing argumentative strategies. In terms of a dramatic introcution it relates back to the efforts made around the world to little effect which links the reader to the situation at hand. When Pinto speaks of humanity as a whole, he builds that common ground that outlines the impulse humans immediately feel when responding to natural disasters. Moreover, Pinto grants concessions by acknowledging the work done by NGOs and responds by offering an alternative.

Week 2: BAR

Question 1: Other than stopping students from cheating, Sternberg rasies large concerns for the focus on why student’s may be cheating and if it at all has any effect on how they will perform in later careers. These are important points as it would prove that cheating is redundant if the thing that they are cheating on is not in fact a true test of character. Therefore, to act ethically wrong and cheat, may only arbitrarily enhance a person’s opportunities using a method that is outdated and does not encompass the true value of person.

Question 3: In the short term, instructors and the administration could stop cheating simply by strengthing the institutional rules. That is, to have higher penalties for cheating and to continuously change versions of tests so that there is no to little incentive to seek outside help if it is not readily available.