Feb 022014

Question by Betty Boop: I asked a question about free will and I got a great response.?
Of course as you know I am an Atheist. Still I believe in Mans Free Will. But It seems even with the Big Bang Theory and Evolution every event would be determined by a previous event so therefore how can there be Free Will? Can anyone help me with this? Or do we just not have free will?
Aquila, thank you very much I love your explanation. I must admit I don’t understand anything about quantum physics or atomic particles but I accept it and will have to do some reading.
William r, your explanation makes no sense thanking would just be something else predetermined if everything else was. kisses Betty
Aquila, thank you very much I love your explanation. I must admit I don’t understand anything about quantum physics or atomic particles but I accept it and will have to do some reading.
William r, your explanation makes no sense thanking would just be something else predetermined if everything else was. kisses Betty
So many of you have so many different explanations about the question of Free Will. I thank it is great and most of you are determined that we have it and so am I. I love you all and that is from my free will thank you, kisses Betty. The previous added details twice was not from my free will. I dont know why it happened. xx

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Answer by Atlas
There just is. Dang, is it really that hard to understand?

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Jul 112013
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Question by ʟɪʟɪтн: Do you believe that we are living in a time of a great shift in human consciousness?
Regardless if you believe in the 12-21-12 doomsday thing… Would you say that an abundance of unexplained phenomena is happening around the world; human consciousness, extreme weather, etc.?

Your thoughts? What’s your Moon, Mercury, 9th House?

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Answer by J Balls
I have a feeling it has to do with the internet/social media sites. Generational dumbing down and laziness.

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May 012013

Question by Grace: What are some great books like the Hunger Games?
I just read the Hunger Games trilogy and absolutely loved it! I wanted to know if there were any other books like the series or really any books you think I would enjoy if I liked the Hunger Games. I also am reading the Uglies right now and like that, so that might help with recommendations. I would really appreciate if you replied! Thanks so much!

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Answer by Stefanie Baker
The Wind on fire trilogy / william nicholson

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Dec 212012

Question by marshasaur: why is the great wall of china considered great when so many people died building it?
The Great Wall of Chine wasn’t built for the love of China or money.
In fact, slaves were forced to build it because of the fear of death
given upon them if they refused. If this is true, what makes the Great
Wall so great and honorable when millions of Chinese were tortured and
put to death to build it?

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Answer by Cecilia M
because it’s big duh

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Nov 272012

Question by 101189: What is the importance or significance of the great pyramid of giza?
why is it such an important monument?

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Answer by kishimat12
Its the largest pyramid.
Its the oldest of the three pyramids in giza.
It was the tallest structure in thr world for over 3,800 years.
Its the toomb of the fourth dynasty in egypt.
And is the only remaining structure of the seven ancient world wonders.

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Oct 192012

Question by Angrylittlegirl: How great of a civilization should one be to be included in a Civilization/Rise of Nations game?
I was thinking about this one day while playing Civ 4. I’ve been wondering how the producers of these games narrow down the 1000+ ancient-to-modern civilizations into 16, 18, or 24.

My mother (who’s formerly a sociology professor) told me that there are factors, but I’m really not quite sure (because she never really loved things about civilization) if these are it:
The Civilization/Nation should:
1. Leave a monumental structure that stood the test of time – or if it was pillaged, at least it had been recorded by the greatest philosophers/historians of the time

2. It occupied a vast territory – I disagreed with her here, Japan isn’t that big, but somehow made an impact in the world

3. It produced the greatest people that ever existed – Plato, Pliny, Aristotle,the Caesars, etc. were great people, that’s why Greco-Roman civilization were included.

4. It must be old – I disagreed with her, the U.S. was included.

5. It must have wone many wars with another country – A-Bomb, Vietcong, Korean War, Alexander’s Indian Defeat, War of 1812, Seven years War, Hundred years war…….but I’m not really sure how that makes a civilization great if it won many wars. Peace advocacy is still a better option.

But I mean, why the Iroquois, or the North American Indians in general? They are barely known in the world. The Nazca lines were shrouded with mystery, but nobody knows about these Nazcas.

The Byzantines aren’t even that unique of a culture. They had emperors alright, but theire armies failed, yet still they’re included.

Or how about the Zulu? Portugal had the same culture/achievement as Spain (I can barely even tell the two countries apart), but it’s included in one of those games. Montezuma failed. Mansa Musa wasn’t recognized by the whole African continent.

I’m not being racist here or anything. I just want to know what the main factors are to be included in these civilization games.

If somehow I (or my mother) was wrong, then please correct us!!!

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Answer by Kanien:kaha’ka
i’m Haudenasaunee (iroquois) and i will differ with you on this point. we are known all over the world. in fact, there are many who know more about us than those in the usa since the inclusion of truth about us is not a strong point in your educational systems. we also declared war on nazi germany before the americans did.

we were allied with the british and are still considered by the crown to be allies. the usa constitution is based in large part on our constitution as evidenced by the references made to it by franklin and jefferson among others. the symbolism on the presidential seal is taken directly from our constitution..the eagle and the bound arrows signifying strength in unity. the idea of separate nations (states) with their own laws being under one government (federal) without that larger government usurping powers is from us. the checks and balances of power is from us. we are one of the oldest, true, participatory democracies in the world.

you should read our constitution and see what we accomplished long before europeans got here. our confederacy dates back to the year 1100. of course we existed as separate nations long before that.

the game you are talking about i believe is trying to include civilizations that don’t normally get props. they even attempted to use our language…the first time i think that has ever been done in a video game. as a native speaker i find it funny, since they got the words but their pronunciation is far off, but i appreciate the attempt anyway.

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Sep 062012

Question by Drowning in a black abyss.: What’s an affordable college with a great psychology/neuroscience program?
I highly doubt I can get into or afford Stanford, but I want to get into a challenging college. What is one? Also, I know there’s the University of Michigan, but I intend to move out of state when I’m eighteen without my family knowing (complicated cultural predicament) and to apply as an independent (financial), but will they allow me to consideirng my family won’t be covering my whatsoever?.

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Answer by elvislover01
when i applied for the fafsa they told me that even if my parents are not going to help me at all i cannot file as an independent, so i put my mom only and not my dad (they’re divorced and he dosent give child support). later they tried to tell me i needed to give his income information so i called the schools i was planning on attending and told them what was happening and they fixed everything!

ultimately the school you attend is going to be the one that decides what awards you get so if the fafsa is being complicated you can just make an appointment with them and explain your situation and most likely they will help you and understand!

good luck!!

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Feb 042012

Question by COA: How do you explain this great mystery?
According to the standard big-bang hypothesis, before the big-bang there was nothing; no space, no time, no matter, no energy. How is this possible and why is it still the accepted model for the beginning of the universe? If we are to believe a basic law of mathematics, then nothing times nothing equals nothing. Even with the notion of singularity, there is something, but prior to that nothing. How does something come out of nothing? No explanation had been given for that within reasonable bounds of known physical science to convince me.

Is there a hypothesis you find plausible? If so, please share your thoughts with me.

We find ourselves in a bewildering world. We want to make sense of what we see around us and to ask: What is the nature of the universe? What is our place in it and where did it and we come from? Why is it the way it is? – Stephen W. Hawking

I’ve asked this question in M&F because this mystery has been entertained for thousands of years and has often been explained in the mythology of ancient peoples.
There are numerous models besides the big-bang that attempt to explain the origin of the universe. Of course there are religious views, too, and I was not trying to illicit any viewpoint over another, be it scientific or philosophical. I only want to know your thoughts on the subject, so please don’t put words in my mouth or try and read my mind.

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Answer by Chuckles the IPU
it is a great question. But I am afraid I am unable to answer it. I believe in a created universe, and that tends to get me heckled by atheists. I am merely content in that even if I am wrong when I die I am still dead. So I would just assume answer to a higher power, with whom i have morals that keep me from misbehaving.

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Jan 312012

Question by paulus: how are the second great awakening and the american civil war connected?
A prominent historian argued that the roots of the American Civil War lay in the Second Great Awakening. Do you agree with this statement? Discuss how the awakening impacted American Society? How did its impact increase sectional conflict between free and slaves states and help bring about war?

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Answer by Mr. Neutron
Many people have been thinking about this question, and most of them will be composing their answer to it during Dr. Peek’s final later this morning… Maybe you can email Raven afterwards and ask her to let you see some of the other students’ essays!

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