[Karl Marx sits in the hallway of his dorm room. Claud de Rouvroy, who goes by “Simon”, trips over Marx’s outstretched feet.]
K: [quickly pulls his feet back] Ooh, sorry, man!
S: [getting up] Don’t worry about it… er, what are you doing?
K: I’m locked out of my room… Adam’s MIA. Have you seen him?
S: [dropping his bag and sitting down] Nah, not since Econ this morning. I’m kind of glad, though… it got a little intense today.… Read the rest here
American society is one that values boldness and strength, and the person getting the attention is most often the one demanding it. People are recognized and rewarded for being outgoing. Success and happiness are often associated with sociability and popularity among peers, while loneliness is often associated with introversion. However, a significant portion—at least a third—of the American population consists of wallflowers, of people who’d rather listen than be heard. In my essay, I’d like to discuss the value of the quiet ones, and bring attention to the household names that belong to people who were brilliant and introverted, such as Einstein and Van Gogh. … Read the rest here
By the late eighteenth century, America and France had developed a politically and socially symbiotic relationship. It was the tail end of the enlightenment, and France’s famous Encyclopédie had been published and read by thousands European and American citizens. This massive set of books contained subtextual political jabs and criticisms hidden in works from many famous philosophers. Their revolutionary ideas, such as Voltaire’s separation of church and state and Montesquieu’s separation of powers had heavy influences on their own country, as well as on the American colonists, who were becoming increasingly unwilling to cooperate with their mother country, Britain. … Read the rest here
Thomas More’s Utopia and Plato’s The Republic both address morality in the context of ideal civilizations. Similarities arise when each novel describes its people, and how they come to be functioning and ideal members of Utopia or the perfect State. Each author describes some sort of conditioning process that each society’s residents must go through. However, Plato’s subjects are closely inculcated with specific information and preplanned cultural influences from birth; thus, they know nothing other than their enforced goodness. … Read the rest here
Carolyn Helfand FYS Podcast 2012
The inefficiencies of (and proposed solutions to) the Dickinson Bike-Rental System.
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When my roommate and I met–not counting the Facebook stalking that had occurred prior to our arrival on campus–we were both flanked by our parents, who appeared to be at least twice as excited as we were. We had a very formal introduction, and were relatively silent as we unpacked. Our first two days were characterized by lots of “so when do you usually…” and “oh okay, yeah…” A lot of nodding, and living logistics. A lot of wandering to the same places in an attempt to look social. … Read the rest here