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Tutor profile: Kristopher A.

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Kristopher A.
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Subject: Philosophy

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Question:

What is the point of Philosophy if it doesn't solve any problems or answer any questions like Science does?

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Kristopher A.
Answer:

I think one of the biggest misconceptions about education, namely higher learning like university, is that knowledge has to have some immediate, practical use in everyday life. For example, why would go to business school if not to learn how to properly start and operate a business successfully? This is a fair question and a pragmatic view of knowledge and academia. However, philosophy doesn't necessarily serve that same immediate purpose. Philosophy is the study of knowledge in general and it's meant to provide one the means to think about a challenge or a problem with an open mind, and from as many different angles as possible. Some real-world challenges and problems, like in Philosophy, require one to approach it with critical thinking. One might not always reach a solution to the problem, because not every challenge in life is immediately, but we can at least understand it in a different way in hopes to get closer to reaching that solution. In short, while Philosophy does indeed provide answers to some of life's questions, the point of it is to learn how to ask better questions.

Subject: Music

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Question:

What do the dots on the fretboard of a guitar mean?

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Kristopher A.
Answer:

There are a lot of frets on the guitar that it can be very easy to get lost. Even some professional musicians can get lost sometimes while performing. The dots on the fretboard are simply a means to let you know where you are on the guitar. Typically, the first dot is placed on the third fret, and then is continued on every other fret until the ninth. Afterward, we'll have the double dot on the twelfth fret (indicating that that's the octave of the string) and then continues with a single dot on every other fret until the end of the fretboard. This way when I ask you to play the note on the ninth fret on the sixth string, you'll know to go to the fourth dot on the sixth string.

Subject: Photoshop

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Why can't I draw with the Pen Tool like I can with the Brush Tool? How does it work?

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Kristopher A.
Answer:

Technically, you can draw with the Pen Tool, it just works a little differently than the Brush Tool! The Brush Tool functions as a kind of freehand way to draw on the canvas, allowing one to draw or paint as they would with a real brush or pencil. Conversely, the Pen Tool allows one to do the same thing but by creating shapes and outlines with anchor points, thereby serving as a more precise tool. The other cool thing about the Pen Tool is that it also serves as another means to accurately and precisely select an object on an image or the canvas by outlining it and making a selection. This is great for cutting out certain elements (or even people) out of images entirely!

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