“…once you know what the question actually is,
you’ll know what the answer means”.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book discovered by alien researcher Ford Prefect during his researches on the planet of the Earth. It took him fifty years to compose the wisdom of Galaxy in the form of a small book. It’s a book in the book as Prefect’s Guide gave the name to the famous comic fiction series created by Douglas Adams. Adams expressed his ideas with peculiar wit and ambiguity and made the readers laugh and think about important issues simultaneously. The book can serve a useful service to anybody who reads it. It can be a good entertainment for teenagers, good cosmic saga for the admires of fiction novels, influential work for those, who are tired of primitive fiction. As it was written in the School Library Journal “As parody, it’s marvelous: It contains just about every science fiction cliche you can think of. As humor, it’s, well, hysterical.” (1). Also, the book contains political criticism and touches a lot of questions, which go far beyond the limits of merely entertaining reading. Continue reading
The Faerie Queene is probably one of the most noteworthy works written by Edmund Spenser. It is characterized by the hidden sense that even the slightest details within the book may possess.
At the same time, it is necessary to underline that the book is highly allegorical and many images are very symbolic. This is why often a reader has to carefully look beyond what he/she sees in the images and characters, which are quite simple at first glance. Probably one of the most interesting things in the Faerie Queene book 1 is the allegoric image of the Anglican church and its struggle with other churches depicted symbolically in the traits, actions, and relations of the main characters of the book, notably in the image of Redcrosse Knight of Holiness.
In fact, it is quite difficult to trace an analogy between the main character of the book and any of the churches, which existed in Europe. Taking into considerations the historical background that naturally influenced Edmund Spenser, while he had been writing his book, it is possible to reveal what the Redcrosse Knight of Holiness symbolise. In general, the main character of the book may be referred to as an allegoric symbol of the Anglican church. The reason why Redcrosse Knight of Holiness is preferably a symbol of Anglican Church, i.e., the Protestant Church of England may be seen in his name and actions. Continue reading
Humans are social beings and exist as members of social groups that rely on a particular structure that reflects hierarchies, formal and informal networks, and can at times overlap. In communication, people seek for these overlapping structures to facilitate their navigation across human systems. Thus, we aim to find who are the friends and acquaintances of our friends, trying to establish their social location, including their connections, their strength, and features, their relative position in the status hierarchy. In the process of socialization, people learn to find information about each other’s social location and to manipulate the impression of the social location they produce themselves. Continue reading
‘I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree
Perhaps unless the billboard fall
I’ll never see a tree at all.’
To my opinion, one of the most considerable problems of the world is the ecological one.
All of us face it every day, and no one can find the solution of it. We pay the price for the benefits of our industrial society. The risk of a nuclear accident, a waste train derailed, a chemical works explosion, a poisoned water supply, lead dust in the playground or asbestos in the home, are hazards we face daily. Cancer deaths increase our concern. Official secrecy makes matters worse.
Poor control of pesticides on the farm, the sites of dangerous factories, land disposal plans for nuclear waste – facts hidden from nearby communities. We suffer the accidents, noise, and stress of cities choked by traffic. Every day we waste energy and live in a throw-away dreamland. Continue reading
To understand what motivated Mary Wollstonecraft to write Frankenstein one needs to understand thoroughly her background and life story which led her to the literary works and successes. I will argue that Frankenstein was created as Mary’s view of her current life with her husband, where the monster would be his ex-wife and Mary would associate herself with Dr. Frankenstein. Later one will see that Mary’s life resembles the story.
Mary Wollstonecraft was born in London in 1797 on August 30 to the parents involved in the literary works. The mother of Mary, Wollstonecraft was the well-known author of a Vindication of the Rights of Women, a contemporary feminist masterpiece that would encourage females to think and act for themselves without relying much on men as it was customarily at that time (Casson, 206). Mary’s mother died when giving birth to Mary, leaving Mary up to her father, William Godwin to take care of her (Foster, 290). William Godwin was a member of a radical group of English thinkers who together with Thomas Paine and William Blake would push forward novel ideas (Koontz, 2002, 251). As a result of being brought up by her father, Mary would be exposed to cutting age, provocative and modern ideas of her time which in turn is said to have contributed to her connection with Lord Byron (Stoker, 349). Continue reading
1. Of the different encounters with the field of biology, the most important for me was the internship I did at the Center for Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Singapore. The course performed under the guidance of Professor Chia Kee Seng helped me gain exciting insights into the secrets of research, day-to-day activities of scientists, and the latest advances in the field. It is one thing to read about the dazzling progress of science in books, and another exposed to the vibrant scholarly community and its activities.
During my internship, I was involved in several journal clubs and seminars, participated in project discussions with various researchers in molecular epidemiology, and assisted in data entry and preparation of numerous PowerPoint presentations. This broad scope of activities allowed me to come into contact with different directions in research and acquaint myself with alternative theories and viewpoints. Besides, I was able to meet a large number of professionals and make acquaintances that can form the beginning of a professional network. Continue reading
“A Beautiful Mind” is the movie which goes far beyond the Hollywood template of a refined genre with a foreseeable outcome. It depicts a man whom nature granted a rare gift in mathematics but who had to sacrifice something in return. In John Nash’s case, it is his mental health. His psychiatric disorders affect his work and his closest people throughout his whole life and have some manifestations he is not aware of. Although he is surrounded by devoted people, notably his wife and friends, it takes him longer to learn to live with his disease and to distinguish reality from illusion.
John Nash has an advanced form of schizophrenia, which is characterized by constant defects in the perception or expression of reality. On the contrary to the medical diagnosis, which suggests grossly disorganized thinking, thought processes of Nash were second to none regarding analytical, calculating ability. In this case, it is accompanied by hallucinations which he takes for real people. In medical terms, a delusion is a sensory perception which occurs without an external stimulus. Hallucinations can be of various kinds – auditory, gustatory, tactile, visual, etc., and the character of John Nash experienced their advanced mixed forms. Continue reading
The poem “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath presents the concept of the simple household object from an unusual angle so that the reader gets a glimpse of the feelings and ideas that a mirror can have. This stylistic device is called personification – the presentation of inanimate objects as if these are human beings. The mirror is in this case only a pretext to convey some ideas about human life, not an attempt to engage in an in-depth analysis of the world of things. The mirror can also be regarded as a metaphor for some broader notion.
To understand what the metaphor stands for, let us examine the nature of the object depicted in the poem. The mirror apparently has a character. It prides itself on its objectivity and impartiality, stating that it is “exact” and has “no preconceptions.” In spite of its ambition at objectivity, the mirror does not hesitate to give emotional comments, for instance comparing the woman who looks into it to “a terrible fish.” The mirror even has a heart, as it states that the speckles on the opposite wall have become “a part of … heart”. In the very attempt to underscore the objectivity of presentation, the mirror reveals its pride in being such a truthful presenter. Continue reading
Speaking about managing diversity and diversity in the workplace we should underline the concept of diversity itself. All in all it is a condition of unlike elements, a wide range or variety of something dissimilar. But transferring this concept to the workplace, it can mean the variety that exists between people of absolutely different age, sexual orientation, education, race, religion and superstition, mental and health abilities, nationality and social status, family and employee status. Most of those factors were ignored in the past, but now they are valued greatly, as they show the cultural development and play an important role in improving organizational effectiveness. According to Kelli A. Green, Mayra López, Allen Wysocki and Karl Kepner (2002), “For this reason, profit and non-profit organizations need diversity to become more creative and open to change.” Continue reading
It seems not so difficult to answer the question – what are all people struggling for? What are they looking for during the whole lifetime? They certainly want to become happy. The notion of happiness is a complex and not one-sided for sure, but there are some common constituents of it for most people. No matter how much we want to be happy, but we so often do things that harm us instead of good, i. e. we take some irrational decisions or steps. It is natural for people to make mistakes and we would probably be never able to avoid all wrong choices in our lives.
The best way out if you feel you did something wrong is to stop and to analyze why it happened so, and what should have been done differently to avoid the unpleasant situation or problem, this process is called rationalization. For the theory of rational living Dr. Albert Ellis is known – he was the author of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) in 1995. Thus the notion of rational living became essential and often used in the field of psychology. Continue reading