May. 25th, 2005 03:23 pm
littlelotte: (WWED?)
I could handle this if the teacher would give equal voice to both sides of the argument, but he doesn't. He creates arguments for our homework based on an assumption that, through my own research, I don't hold to be true, and I'm just not going to do anymore questions relating to this argument. I just won't. I am so pissed off right now I don't even want to type my homework up (I'm done with all but one of the infuriating ones, I just have to type everything up).

*throws things*

I'm sorry...if I don't hold that human life begins at conception, all "abortion" is not "morally" wrong and is not a matter of "taking innocent lives" then I cannot handle finding a "missing conclusion" for the argument: "A social policy promoting abortion will inevitably lead to greater violations of the rights of the person. Such a consequence will undermine the mutual respect for the humanity of fellow citizens upon which democratic society is based." and I cannot stand reading argument after argument stating, "Abortion as a means of birth control will cheapen the American social commitment to protecting life. It should therefore be banned."--and finding the missing premise in that particular one...though that I did. This is just a continuation of four previous homework assignments with similar things. The quotes in the first part of the first sentence in this paragraph are either from previous arguments we've had to work with or something said in class. I'm INFURIATED right now. My ideas on the "morals" of abortion, plain and simple, are circumstantial, and my beliefs on things pertaining to arguments for and against abortion are based on scientific findings. Fuck you, my critical thinking teacher, fuck you.


May. 24th, 2005 01:07 pm
littlelotte: (Lindsay - flower)
Would someone like to explain to me how I'm interpreting my dentist appointment at 2:30 as "I have to leave by 1:30 even though the office is all of 15 minutes away"?--because I just realised that I still have an hour before I have to leave.

In other news...It's a HEART sort of day, apparently. It started with the first disc of "The Essential HEART" and has moved into Jupiter's Darling...heeee. Except the second song (Oldest Story in the World...which is really good) is skipping *glares*--it shouldn't be skipping because I listened to it all of three times last summer after I got it, and it was always in my CD case if it wasn't in my CD player. This CD is a lot better than I was giving it credit for last summer. I think I can blame that on the fact that I was driving to Kalamazoo when I was listening to it last summer.

Okay...Mom is running it by Dad, and it sounds like my grad party will be the first Saturday of July--if any of you will be around the Clio area and can come you're more than welcome!

Bah :-P

May. 18th, 2005 10:43 pm
littlelotte: (Anna Livia)
I really need to learn how to catch crickets so I can pull their hopping legs off. I know Anna would eat more that way, but I'm awful at it! They're just too quick for both her and me :-P :-(

In other news, she's probably going to shed tomorrow. Her skin's gotten very chalky looking today :-) I took a cute picture of her at her mealworm bowl...I'll upload and post it sometime soon.

The Critical Thinking test went pretty well. I couldn't remember the second part of the Confirmation Bias, but I did get the extra credit, which was standardizing an argument with a subargument--we started that Monday and most of the class is lost. The teacher has this really bad habit of putting things like "three of these are explanations" on homework and "make sure you look at it carefully" on this test--it makes you second guess your answer, and suddenly you don't know what it's supposed to be :-P

Okay...off to finish cleaning the bedroom.
littlelotte: (WWED?)
Inspired by an idiot [livejournal.com profile] to_daae_for found...

I have to take the class, I may as well use it in my favour:

Every opinion is NOT valid. Your opinion is not as valid as my opinion is not as valid as X's opinion. There are these things called "facts" and they make opinions good or they make opinions bad. As Sarah says, "That's your opinion!" and as Hoggle replies, "Well it's a lot better than yours!"

Govier says at the beginning of her book A Practical Study of Argument in a note to the student:

...But more can be said. Applying logic to your own thinking will make you more aware of your own beliefs. It will lead you to understand the reasons and assumptions behind your own beliefs and responses to the world...In some cases your reasons will be exposed as incomplete, inadequate, or fallacious. When this happens, yhr honest response is to look seriously at your own ideas, explore fresh evidence and arguments, and think again.

Reasons and beliefs lead to actions, which express your character and define your relationship to the world. There are reasons underlying the beliefs that are fundamental to you. The logical understanding and evaluation of those reasons is part of understanding yourself and thinking for yourself--and doing it well...

It goes on from there, but that's the most relevant part.

Later on, in Chapter 1, she discusses opinions:

As human beings living in an uncertain world, we make claims about many matters about which we do not have knowledge or even well-confirmed beliefs. An opinion is a belief, often held with a rather low degree of confidence. Usually when we hold opinions, we are aware that they are our opinions in the sense that we cannot fully defend them by citing reasons or evidence in support. For example, it may be one person's opinion that the artificial sweetner Aspartame is harmless and another's opinion that it is a risk to health. These are opinions, but nevertheless it is clear that reasons and evidence are relevant to their credibility; there are facts about what effects Aspartame has, and those facts can be studied and reported in ways that are more or less reliable. Politically and legally, we are free to hold any opinion at all, as people so often insist when they say things like "I'm entitled to my own opinion." No one can coerce us into believing something we don't believe. This political right, however, does not mean that all opinions are equal with respect to their intellectual credibility. Some opinions are mere opinions, whereas other opinions are based on evidence and careful thinking.

Even though we are in some sense "entitled" to hold and express just about any opinion, when our opinions are carelessly formed and unsupported, they do us little service because they are not reliable guides to the world. We should seek well-founded and sensible opinions, grounded in factual accuracy and coherent reasons...

It is dangerous to be careless and freewheeling about our opinions...Calling some claim "a matter of opinion" is no excuse for failing to reflect on it.
littlelotte: (Lindsay mask)
hah! Finally redid this icon for use in my communities :-P Not quite what I wanted, but it works well enough :-)

Now I need to finish tonight's homework. I'm about 3/4 done with it, and so far it's taken me half an hour, so it should only take me ten or so more minutes.
littlelotte: (WWED?)
Leave it to movie fan idiots to make me giggle when I'm not in a great mood. I must thank Christine a million times over for creating these icons I'm now using in the communities...lol

Edit: Also, I need to remember that if I get my homework done as soon as I possibly can I can play online without fearing I won't finish said homework.

Edit 2: If I get nothing else out of this class, at least I was introduced to the nonexistant word "entertainmentism." Which reminds me: word made up years ago that I on/off remember and love: "idiocity."


May. 6th, 2005 06:22 pm
littlelotte: (Lindsay - flower)
This week has me thinking of you, [livejournal.com profile] peithecelt. The Medieval folks have infiltrated the campus for yet another week of gathering ;-) For those of you unfamiliar: every summer, Western Michigan University holds a Medieval Studies conference. It's really cool, actually, and is great for the area. It's very amusing to see SCA posters posted around campus.

Anyway...I smell like food and smoke. Ewwwwwwww. Bad combination...but I love my job (when I get the right hours)...and if I ever start whining about how much I hate it, hit me and say, "You know you love it." It's so much better than retail. I will NEVER work retail again, unless I'm desperate. I adore the people, and the work is exhausting, but when I can make a table happy and add something a little extra to their day I feel like I've accomplished something when I'm finished. Having cash without relying on paychecks is always a huge bonus, as well. I definitely took home over 20% of my sales today, and just deposited it...our main regulars were in (most of the Friday group own their own businesses, and one of the main guy's friends likes to refer to him as "the richest man in Plainwell." Him and his wife are reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally generous), and one of them (this one only comes in with them occasionally, though) says he's going to Greece with me when I become an archaeologist there *laughs* I also ended up closing last night. I was in at 4 and was there until 2...I haven't had a ten-hour shift since December! :-) It was fun. At about midnight/12:30 one of the regulars, Jay, said, "You're still smiling. That's really cool. Princess Julie runs out of gas at about 11, and Kate...well, she never really had any gas." Ooh! And I found a new way into work so that I don't have to take 131 through construction hell! And the new way is right by my apartment! This will definitely save me some time. Instead of going through all the lights on Main and the construction on 131, I can take one road all the way into Plainwell that has about two lights total to deal with.

Okay...Christine and Alleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey! More images up...take a look?

I also finally broke down and am setting up phone service in the house. I'm getting really sick of this "relying on the computer lab" stuff, though I love the speed. I also hate the idea of being entirely disconnected from the world aside from my cell phone.

I really love having this apartment to myself. I've never really had anything "all to myself" like this before, and it's so great. The place is still a disaster, but I blame it on settling into the new school/work schedule ;-) I'll have pictures once it's not so much of a disaster. The only thing that really bothers me is when I come home to an empty house late at night. I'm already a paranoid person, and being a girl who comes home late at night can be terrifying. Does anybody know if there are any hotlines or anything available that one can call simply as she's walking through the house on that "just in case" chance that someone's there when she walks in? I'd be extremely relieved if so. It will be nice once Dan's there with me to stay :-)

Okay...I usually don't update before I read my friends list, but this time I did. Now I shall be off to do that :-)


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