*Final Project FINAL DRAFT*pdf copy

*Final Project FINAL DRAFT*pdf copy - Brett Edwards...

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Brett Edwards Elisabeth Orloff Jessica Olah Stuart Allen Final Project POS 360: ASU – Fall 2012, Session 2 Staring into Constructivism The Men Who Stare at Goats is the perfect example of a movie that uses the International Relations theory of Constructivism, but for the rest of this essay the theory of Epistemology and human nature will be explored in further detail. By definition, Epistemology is defined as how you know what you know or the theory of knowledge. The film, The Men Who Stare at Goats , takes the audience on a journey through the eyes of a down on his luck reporter by the name of Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor). The film explores a new style of warfare that deals heavily with psychology and the supernatural, and allows the person who is trained in psychological warfare, known as a “remote viewer”, to kill without using a weapon. The Men Who Stare at Goats takes place during the Gulf War in 1991 and follows the exploits of Bob Wilton, a reporter, and Lyn Cassady; one of the original members of the New Earth Army, as they embark on a secret mission through Iraq. During their journey, Lyn Cassady explains the creation of the New Earth Army and his experiences to Bob Wilton. The film explores the questions of how people view themselves in the world and in particular, how Americans are viewed throughout the world. It also focuses on “group think” and viewing ideas through another human being. The film depicts how a group, in this case the New Earth Army can manage to convince themselves of an idea that others cannot understand, such as the “Sparking Eye Technique”, which consist of nothing more than staring at an animate or
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inanimate object and creating a reaction, when in actuality it was nothing more than just staring at another individual for extended periods of time. One of the main concepts that were continually explored in the film was “linking observation with reality”. The creation of the New
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '11 term at Allan Hancock College.

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