Me, Learning American Government: Establishing and Limiting Government

I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that I would choose to take a course related to the American government and politics. I have the feeling I have forgotten most of what an American citizen should know—yes, I admit that I have fallen from political grace. It is never too late to refreshen the [...]

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Me, Learning Ethics: Virtue Ethics

I actually finished my ethics class in December, but I still have a few more discussion posts that I haven't blogged about. This is the third, or fourth, to last blog post I will be making that is related to the course. Unlike the prior couple of modules, this final section was easier to complete. [...]

Me, Learning Psychology: False Memory and Memory Improvement

Do you believe that physically witnessing an event will result in true understanding? Well, it does not. Apparently, our minds are far more fallible and easy to distort. It's possible to forget and replace certain details that can be insignificant or important. Sure, this can happen through the influence of others, but it tends to [...]

Me, Learning Psychology: Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning is, basically, the act of being trained. This isn't just for house pets. Almost every person is a participant—one could even say victim. There are countless examples of social conditioning, which is the sociological version of classical conditioning. Realistically, there is no way to avoid it because it happens naturally when living in [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Animal Rights

As far as I know, animal rights were not a popular topic until the middle of the last century. Nowadays, it seems like everyone is a vegetarian or vegan (realistically the percentages are less than 10% for most countries--it varies, and it depends on the source of the statistics). What is obvious to me is [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Utilitarianism

I was very wrong about Utilitarianism, or I just happened to hear a different definition of it in the past. Originally, I thought it only related to usefulness—I mean utility is part of the word. Every time it was mentioned, I would clearly imagine the Industrial Revolution in either England or the United States. I [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Ethical Egoism

Are we born selfish, or is it best to be selfish? That's one interesting question to figure out. Psychological Egoism and Ethical Egoism explain why a person thinks of his own welfare before that of others. Both theories are very similar, except that Psychological Egoism determines that it is human nature to be self-interested, while [...]

Me, Learning Psychology: External and Internal Locus of Control

So here is another moment of self-reflection, in my school work, as usual: After thinking it over, I have concluded that my locus of control is external and internal. My case is not stable, though. I would say that I spend days, weeks, and sometimes even months, believing that I have hardly any control over [...]

Me, Learning Psychology: Experimentation and Rights

What if I was a biological psychologist? Would I value the rights of the patients the most--or that of the people or animals taking part in experiments? Well, I chose the patients. As a biological psychologist, it would be mandatory for me to give preference to the rights of any of my clients, versus the [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Social Contract Theory

I was aware that the founding fathers were inspired by various philosophies and doctrines, but, as usual, I had not taken a closer glimpse. The United States still follows Social Contract Theory, which has been interpreted in several ways--from Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques. It seems that John Locke had the most influence, though. [...]