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Compose a short paragraph (between 4 and 8 sentences) about one of your niche interests. Explain this interest as if the person reading it is 10 years old and knows nothing about the subject. The point of this exercise is to write about a topic while catering to a specific audience.
Topic: the oboe The oboe is a musical instrument found in an orchestra. It is black with silver keys and looks like a clarinet. A person who plays the oboe is called an oboist. They play the oboe using a "double reed,'" where two pieces of cane are stuck together to form an opening which is blown through. It is a solo instrument and often plays by itself, making it a very important part of an orchestra.
Subject: Study Skills
You are really stressed about an upcoming exam and you only have one night to prepare. What are some strategies that you can employ to increase your odds of success? List three different strategies. They can be general or specific.
Examples of possible answers: 1. I employ the pomodoro method 2. I focus on key words in the text 3. I utilize the study-guide if one is provided and highlight information that I don't recognize 4. I ask a friend or guardian to talk out difficult subjects 5. I get a good night's rest 6. I eat a good breakfast in the morning 7. Etc.
Dr. Paul Thompson discusses the connection between animal ethics and pragmatism in his essay 'Getting Pragmatic about Farm Animal Welfare." After reading pages 147-152, in your own words, define pragmatism as it relates to animal ethics. You may utilize other ethicists and ethical theories in your definition.
Pragmatism is concerned with practical use-value and efficacy of philosophical theories, rather than the metaphysical or epistemological approaches of more traditional schools of philosophical thought, such as rationalism or empiricism. Instead of attempting to decipher fundamental philosophical truths, pragmatism attempts to find the 'practical-use' explanation or solution to a problem. In animal ethics, commonly cited ethical theories, like Singer's utilitarian calculus, approaches animal welfare from a theoretical viewpoint before actually looking at potential solutions to the situation. While Singer's philosophy is an important attribution to the literature, it does little to put a 'practical' or 'pragmatic' plan into place. Thompson argues that a pragmatic approach to agricultural policy, technology, and public opinion will ultimately effect greater change than other, more theoretical models of animal ethics.
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