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Jada W.
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Question:

How do I write 10 pages on a single topic?

Jada W.
Answer:

10 pages can seem intimidating at first, but if you break that one big pager into 5 smaller 2-page papers, the task becomes much more tangible. For example, suppose I had to write a paper on Galileo and his argument on the Earth being round. Pages 1-2: Introduction and Background. I would have an introduction that catches the audience's attention: Individuals in 2017 who truly believe the world is flat. My background would introduce the common belief that the world is round thanks to science and Galileo. I would also give some history on who Galileo was here. Pages 3-5: Galileo's Argument I would lay out Galileo's reasoning for why the earth is round. Pages 6-7: Counter Argument A good argumentative, or persuasive, paper always mentions opposing arguments and possible responses! I would provide the counter-arguments made by the church back in the 1600s, and maybe even provide the counter-arguments made by those who still believe the earth is flat in the twenty-first century (this ties the paper back to the introduction) Pages 8-9: What I the Author Want to Argue Do I agree with Galileo or do I agree with the Flat-Earthers? My position should have already been specified in the thesis statement. Now I just need to list the reasons why I agree or disagree--provide responses to the counter-arguemnt. Page 10: Conclusion Connect the paper back to your introduction, with a nice summary of the the entire paper, and you are done!

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Question:

I am having difficulties remembering all the parts of the human brain and their functions. All the names are starting to blend together in my mind. What do I do?

Jada W.
Answer:

Word associations help! The funnier the word association, the more likely you are to remember them. For example, let's look at the amygdala and the hippocampus. The amygdala is the emotion and motivation center of the brain. Just think Emotional Amy could really use some motivation. The hippocampus is primarily associated with memory and spatial navigation. Just think there's a Hippo on campus. Why? Well I would never forget if I saw a hippo on campus and a hippo takes up a lot of space.

Philosophy
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Question:

In response to Cartesian dualism, what is the Problem of Causation?

Jada W.
Answer:

Cartesian dualism says that we, as people, are composed of both the mind and the body. The mind is considered an immaterial substance and the body is considered a material substance. If Cartesian dualism is true, how can the mind, an immaterial substance, have causal influence over the body, a material substance? It's assumed our mind, i.e. thoughts, can cause our bodies to engage in physical events, i.e. actions. To be causally linked to the material body, the mind must somehow occupy time and space. Since the mind is immaterial, it cannot occupy time and space. Therefore, Cartesian dualism must be false.

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