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Keep On Keeping On

Similar to other classmates, the biggest challenge I’m facing in the writing process is balancing the time needed to engage fully with my research question and the actual time available to do just that.  The bibliographic essay was beneficial in … Continue reading

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Staying Literary

My final project focuses on the issue of genetic engineering and the limits and morality of science, and how Margaret Atwood uses Oryx and Crake to reflect on that issue. My proposal was too broad and two vague, and that … Continue reading

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The Pain of a Poor Proposal

An inundation with overwhelming amounts of information was not my problem when carving out the bibliographic essay; it was rather, trying to find enough information on my desired topic. I attribute this to poor consideration when it came to choosing … Continue reading

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The Bibliographic Essay Experience

I want to talk a little about my experience with the bibliographic essay. Until this last assignment I had never written a bibliographic essay. Because of this starting the assignment was like exploring a new world. I sat down ready … Continue reading

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Thanks Bib Essay!

I feel as if my biggest enemy in any research project is time.  I find myself thinking that if only I had endless time and energy to look at every potentially applicable article/book/etc. pertaining to my topic, only then will … Continue reading

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To Err Is Human

One of the obstacles I had in working on the bibliographic essay was trying to narrow down my research question so that it dealt with a specific enough subject without being too broad or narrow. In my bib essay I … Continue reading

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One Thing At A Time

Prior to writing my bibliographic essay I was stressed about how much I needed to cover. Avatar is already a long movie (171 minutes), but then I found two books, two short articles, and a forty-minute interview that I want … Continue reading

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This is Harrrrrrd: Sources, Outlines, Blocks

I’ll be honest. I am having a rough time with this assignment. I feel like a deer caught in the headlights. Though I must admit; my modus operandi is to freak and get writer’s block, unfortunately. The aftermath of the … Continue reading

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How natural are natural laws?

One of the most interesting subjects I’ve come across in my research is the idea of “natural laws”.  The premise behind them is that these laws exist inherently in the universe, some branch of academia uncovers them (often philosophy) but … Continue reading

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I need to get off my lazy ass

As I begin writing the first pages of my the paper I’m having a few concerns. Not that I’m worried, I always have distracting thoughts and second guesses, but still. It might help to write them out. One of the … Continue reading

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Work, brain, work!

I felt the bibliography essay was decently challenging. I think I’m pretty apt at summarizing, but I had difficulty connecting my sources into a “conversation”; several dealt with significantly different topics, and some with different works altogether. I was concerned … Continue reading

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Party of Two in the Tree

“He shouldn’t dangle impossibilities in front of himself, as if he were some caged, wired-up lab animal, trapped into performing futile and perverse experiments on his own brain” (45). Oryx and Crake reminds me of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. While trying … Continue reading

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May the Best Human Win

I’ve noticed in the section we have read so far in Oryx and Crake that Jimmy is often described as being more of a beast than a human, while the genetically modified humans (Crakers) are presented as the more ideal … Continue reading

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What Does Human History Mean Without Humans?

“ “I used to be erudite,” he says out loud.  Erudite. A hopeless word.  What are all those things he once thought he knew, and where have they gone?” pg. 148 I think this passage really starts to delve into … Continue reading

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Opinion on Genetics in general?

Possible apocalyptic consequences aside, what are your opinions on the subject of human genetics? Specifically, the ability to grow and harvest human organs? To be honest, I’m completely fascinated by the idea. People on organ donor lists, save those with … Continue reading

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