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Eng 101 final - C Garner English Composition 101 Final Paper Modern man is faced with a universe that we understand to be based upon fixed

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C. Garner English Composition 101 Final Paper December 19, 2006 Modern man is faced with a universe that we understand to be based upon fixed principles of physics and mathematics. As a result, we face a universe that is cold, empty and many think godless, therefore we face an existence that is fundamentally absurd. What does our future hold? No person could tell you exactly, but if philosopher’s beliefs and widespread ideas are taken into account, it’s no where good. I understand that, as intelligent human beings, there is always at least one among us that will question the norm, and I have nothing against that, but there are those that will apply certain ideas, fixed principles, to all people, and that is what will be the downfall of society in the future. Foreword thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, and Friedrich Nietzsche are some of those that would set fixed principles to everyone in society. While their ideas seem different from each other, they actually have to do with the same thing: the future of society and the way humans interact within it. In Darwin’s Natural Selection , the evolution of species is said to be influenced not by man or other higher forces, but by nature. Nature is the driving force that weeds out the weak traits so the species can survive. For example, an instance in which a city undergoes a large climate change. Most people in this city will adapt to the climate change, but there will also be a select number that will become extinct, due to their inability to adapt (Darwin: Natural Selection 562). Also, these changes in species occur over a long period of time, as Darwin notes:
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It may be said that natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinizing, throughout the world, every variation, even the slightest; rejecting that which is bad, preserving and adding up all that is good; silently and insensibly working, whenever and wherever opportunity offers, at the improvement of each organic being in relation to its organic and inorganic conditions of life. We see nothing of these slow changes in progress, until the hand of time has marked the long lapses of ages, and then so imperfect is our view into long past geological ages, that we only see that the forms of life are now different from what they formerly were. (564)
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Newman during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Rockland.

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Eng 101 final - C Garner English Composition 101 Final Paper Modern man is faced with a universe that we understand to be based upon fixed

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