Why Can’t We Trust Our Brains?

Thesis Statement: We can’t trust our brains because we want to be right, we are simplistic, and we are influenced by the environment.

  1. We want to be right so we want reality to conform with our beliefs.
    1. Our perceptions bias the way we think because we believe the things which support our beliefs.
    2. Given a characteristic, we expect and flesh out an entire set of characteristics.
      1. We have a tendency to form prejudgments on others consistent with what we already believe
      2. We form a liking towards something if that object is accessible or familiar to us.
    3. Sometimes we confirm our beliefs even through coincidence and role of chance.
      1. Superstition form as a result of strengthened reinforcement.
      2. We see patterns that aren’t actually there.
  2. We are simplistic.
    1. Our act of simplifying strategies begins with instinct properties which are heuristics and schema.
    2. Sometimes we store too much information in our brains which is very detrimental.
    3. We stereotype and categorize to simplify and understand the environment clearly.
  3. We are influenced by the environment.
    1. Many people rely a great deal on authorities who unknowingly also have made mistakes.
    2. Rumors and anecdotes may become influential especially when it is from a credible source.
    3. People fault in argumentation because they make hasty generalizations to support and defend poor claims.
    4. Our thinking and judgment are easily influenced by conformity. (Solomon Asche Demonstration of social conformity)
      1. The need to feel accepted and valued can also affect accurate decision making, particularly in groups.                                                                                                a. The symptoms of groupthink (Lunenberg, 2010) are stereotyping, pressure, self-censorship, unanimity, and mindguards.
    5. When we who witness an event are later exposed to new and misleading information about it, our recollections often become distorted. (Loftus, 1997)

Conclusion:  We can’t trust our brains because we all want to be right to create a simpler and more understandable perception of the world but we lack the ability to think about the outer environment.

Random Things About Plagiarism

With easier and more expedient technology today and because activities that require the expression of ideas are countless, plagiarism is apparent in today’s society. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own is called plagiarism.

In social networking sites, plagiarism is apparent. Sharing of pictures in Facebook, retweeting tweets in Twitter, reposting blogs in Tumblr are just few of the simple circumstances in which we actually plagiarize. According to the U.S. Law, “the expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions.” Therefore, plagiarism is clearly an act against the law so it must be avoided. Citing your sources, properly paraphrasing others’ works, and using quotation marks are simple ways of steering clear of the possibility of plagiarism.

Bibliography:

OxfordUniversity Press. (2012). Oxford Dictionaries Online.

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Trustees of IndianaUniversity. (27 April 2004). Indiana University Bloomington: Writing Tutorial Services (WTS).

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AIRWORMELLAS

In a world where there’s no gravity, the people have mechanical wings, and there lives an evil genius, airwormellas exist. Once the evil genius there named Dr. Coke attempted to make a creature that will barge in to the lives of every person there. He planned that he will create snakes that will spend the rest of their lives coiling at a personalized stick of their own. The sticks, which should be bouncy, will serve as their means of travelling. When Dr. Coke finally made his creature, he accidentally used a worm’s DNA instead of a snake’s. Unknowingly, he still resumed and at the next step, instead of using a bouncy stick, he used an umbrella stick. Instead of creating evil creatures, he made good-minded creatures that will serve as companion for every person in that world.

Airwormellas are worms that spend most of their time floating on air with their umbrellas. Airwormellas are counterparts of the people there. An airwormella is born everytime a human baby is born. If a baby is fat, then his airwormella is also fat. If person A marries person B, airwormella A also marries airwormella B. The same goes with everything. A person’s persona is exactly the same as his airwormella’s. Airwormellas live in Ormella- their land. It is located just above where the humans with mechanical wings live. Airwormellas can just also peek in under to see if their partners are safe. They are buddies and they are always together especially when going out.

An airwormella’s length at birth is half the length of his person partner at birth. An airwormella’s length is forever half the height of his partner. Airwormellas look like a typical worm- soft and segmented- only that they are bigger and their color is sky blue. They will get their umbrellas as soon as they are old enough to take care of themselves. Their partners are the designers of their umbrellas. An airwormella’s umbrella is the source of one’s life. If it is vigorously damaged, they will die. Likewise, if their partners die, they will also die.

Airwormellas possess powers. It is because they have to take care of their umbrellas and their partners. Airwormellas can be invisible only when they are near trees – a nature’s disguise. When in menace, airwormellas use their umbrellas as chakrams. Their umbrellas extend and they spin it as blades come out of the umbrella’s side and then they have their areas of effect at which their chakrams will hit. But then, airwormellas are still creatures of good. That’s why every good deed accounts for a diamond. The number of diamonds of an airwormella determines superiority among the airwormellas.

Food Fantasy

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I woke up on my bed. The light outside is faint which suggests that it’s already nighttime. When I looked around my room and saw piles of books and papers spread around me, I realized that I fell asleep while studying. A sweet and irresistible smell of food awakened me, as if it was calling my name!

I have no doubt that it was my favorite food – fresh from the stove fried pig knuckle drizzled with tomato sauce with chunks of pineapple, mushrooms, and dried banana meat -Patatim! Damn! I’m so hungry that I’m like a horse rushing to the dining area.

When I took my first bite, I was so amazed with the taste that it was like my mind was at tabula rasa because it seems blank and clear. The first taste was so good that it’s like there’s a spell on it that my taste buds are finding for the rich – sweet and lingering – taste which makes me get more and more of it irresistibly. Furthermore, the meat, because it’s soft and smooth and juicy up to the deepest parts pleased me so much! It was really good that I almost ate everything on the serving plate, if not for the bone and knife though.

Because it’s really one of my favorite dishes, my mom served me again some and I smelled the just served food with my eyes closed, fantasizing again and craving still! As I open my eyes, the light outside is faint which suggests that it’s already nighttime. When I looked around my room and saw piles of books and papers spread around me, I realized that I fell asleep while studying. I realized that I’m just in the flight of imagination because maybe I’m really craving for some and of my mother’s company. It was just a dream!

Paradiso

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Made by Norberto Carating in 1999, Paradiso is a piece which depicts harmony and variation, and at the same time, eccentricity and simplicity.

Paradiso depicts variation because it seems to be divided in parts and it is made with a combination of colors. There are parts in which the designs are explicit, many different lines are intricately designed with strokes of brush, and neon colors of pink, green, yellow, and blue. But even though it is made of different designs, colors, and forms, it seems that it has harmony because all in all, it has balance.

Eccentricity, which means how unusual a thing is, is also seen in this painting because its different parts have different forms. There are parts which are abstract, made of the different lines and colors mentioned above, simple with plain colors only, and then combined with a part in which the design is a visible presentation of overlapping long leaves but still the outline of the structure of the leaves are seen at it.

Even though Paradiso is unusual in its designs because it is varied in its lines, forms, and colors, when you look all over it, it is still simple maybe because of the consistency of the colors used, and the designs, which are very complex themselves, look very simple and calm when combined.

Endless Love

My Mom met my Dad on a dinner in an election campaign on May 1992 where my Mom was a singer and my Dad was a supporter. After the election, my Dad started courting my mother. At that time, my mother started learning to love my father but then she refused to answer him yes. This is because she heard from her friends and trustworthy people that my father loved to play with girls when he was on his university days. But worse, she knew that may father had loved and had two daughters with a woman before he met her. My mother avoided him but my father never quit.

Finally, after years of hope and understanding and because they really loved each other, they had their wedding on August 26, 1995. They had been loving for almost four years when I arrived and a year after, my brother was born. But 11 months after my brother was born, my father died.

It is very hard for my mother to cope with this tragedy. But because she loves us, she knew she had to continue working and living for us. I have loved my mother since I began thinking. It’s hard to cope with it and she always cry. She is still loving my father until now. If only my father is alive, they will have been loving each other so dearly.

I have been loving their story for a lifetime. If I will be loving somebody in the future, I will assure that our love will be as dear as my mom and dad’s love for each other. Because if I will have loved somebody with a love comparable with that of my parents, I am sure that that somebody will love me with the love that I need… Just like that of my parents’… Endless love.