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Professor Hand Expository Writing Fall Semester 2011 Assignment: Paper 2 Texts: Daniel Gilbert, “Immune to Reality,” in Stumbling on Happiness . Oliver Sacks, “The Mind’s Eye” Rough draft due: Tuesday, February 14 . Late assignments will result in a half-letter grade deduction. (3 pages minimum) BRING THREE COPIES OF YOUR ROUGH DRAFT TO CLASS Final draft of paper due: Tuesday, February 21. Late assignments will result in a full letter grade deduction. (5 pages minimum) Requirements: 12-point type, Times New Roman Double-spaced 1-inch margins MLA format (refer to your grammar book for correct format) In Daniel Gilbert’s chapter, “Immune to Reality,” he discusses the way the brain adapts to its environment especially when faced with unfavorable circumstances. He stated, “The process by which we generate positive reviews are many: we pay more attention to favorable information, we surround ourselves with those who provide it, and we accept it uncritically” (Gilbert 146). Oliver Sacks, in “The Mind’s Eye,” also discusses the
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Unformatted text preview: adaptability of the brain and its remarkable flexibility, he asks us to consider the extent we our experiences, our reaction [are] shaped, predetermined, by our brains, and to what extent do we shape our own brains (Sacks 303). Both authors agree that outside influences cause us to change the way we view the world, but to what extent? For the last century or so, thinkers have debated the theories of nature and nurture and their affect on human adaptation. By nature people ordinarily mean biology, chemistry, genetics, and neuroscience. By nurture they mean custom, culture, and education. How do Sacks and Gilbert contribute to this discussion? Does one author complicate the other? After considering these questions, use the articles by Gilbert and Sacks to address the following question: How does the ability of the human brain to adapt to significant events affect our perception of the world?...
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