Tutor profile: Tim S.
Subject: Environmental Science
For those interested in understanding and preserving the earth that we live on, the study of environmental science hits the bulls-eye in terms of accomplishing the goals of understanding our earth and finding solutions to our environmental problems. But can science alone solve, for example, the plastic pollution in our water resources?
No, science alone cannot solve our environmental problems because people need to be motivated to take action once a solution is presented. However, without understanding how the earth 'works', we will not be able to offer effective solutions to our problems.
Subject: Religious Studies
There are billions of religious people and thousands of religious claims about God or human's spiritual nature. Religion is a difficult subject in the sense that many of its claims cannot be verified with our senses. We cannot see God-claims unless the claim involves some physical manifestation. Therefore, reason and logic are our best hope of sorting out what is true and false with religious claims. Is there any objective source(s) to help us sort out religion's claims?
The written scriptures of the various religions - if they are looked at as accurately representing God or spiritual beliefs - are objective in the sense that they don't change with contemporary people's opinions. Therefore, a good place to start in trying to understand religion is to look at the documents upheld as representing the tenents of a religion.
The foundation of all the variations of philosophy is logic. Without logic, we cannot advance our knowledge about abstract idea/concepts. Logic informs us what is true or false. A popular concept in today's culture is often expressed in a statement like, "It is morally wrong to tell someone they are morally wrong". Is this statement true?
That statement is what is known as a self-defeating statement, which means it is false. And yet it is uttered and expressed by millions of people each day in the U.S. Come find out why.
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