Writing prompt for September
What objects/things can you make (by hand)? (Please
dont respond with a peanut butter and jelly
sandwich or a Nutella burrito.)
How is our relationship with objects altered/enriched
by our having made them?
If you co
While youre waiting, please begin writing down
relatively precise and extensive responses to
the following questions:
1. What are your primary values? That is, what things
(abstract or physical) do you value most?
2. How did you travel/get around today? W
Writing Prompt for
October 4, 2014
In The End of Nature (1989), Bill McKibben suggests that one
possible way to minimize our impact on the environment is to
pursue more humble, modest livessuch as most students like
yourselves currently lead.
A problem, t
Writing prompt for
November 6, 2014:
How do you define quality?
Do you think quality is subjective (that is, someone determines
an objects quality based on experience, expertise,
Or is quality objectivethat is, we can measure/quantify
Mid-term #1 Study Guide
Elements from reading and lecture to review:
Review focal points/arguments/examples from the articles by Leo Marx, Alvin Weinberg,
and Ruth Schwartz Cowan. Marx discusses Enlightenment and Technocr
Writing prompt(s) for Thursday, 20
Reminder: writing portfolios due end of last
week of classes
In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Rick Deckard obsesses
over owning a real-animal pet. If youve owned a pet (or cared for
animals in other
Writing prompt for
18 November 2014
Are many of McKibbens ideas about smaller,
more localized economies viable/feasible?
That is, do you think people (the so-called
99%) will continue shopping at places like WalMart as the economy slogs along (wi
What question asked by one of Gores sixth-grade schoolmates was readily dismissed by a
Did they ever fit together?
What are some of the principal physical causes of global w
Humanities 303 Fall 2014
Notes on Gattaca (1997)
Written and directed by Andrew Niccol; starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
Epigraphs: Consider Gods handiwork; who can straighten what He hath made crooked?
I not only thi
Final Exam Study Guide
The majority of the final exam will focus on lecture material, assigned reading, and
the two films we have covered since the mid-term: McKibbens Eaarth, Gores An
Inconvenient Truth, Dicks Do Android