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  • Moving Train
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    It is a quiet, Saturday afternoon, and the overcast humidity of the air gives me an obscene sense of nonchalance. Time in hand, I peruse a 'Survival Handbook', a sort of "Pessimist's Guide to the World". It was given to me as a Christmas present, and its perverse implication of Murphy's Law amuses me. I would assume that its pleasant uselessness would appeal to all who share my insatiable appetite for superfluous information. A smile creeps onto my face as I remember the one objective truth abou...
  • Jefferson's And Paine's Difference In Their Tone
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    In Thomas Paine's Common Sense, there are some similarities and differences in the tone as compared to Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. Paine's approach to his work contrasts that of Jefferson's. However, they still use the same basic techniques to making their feelings known, which include examining the problem, giving reasons for why it is a problem, and offering their opinion on the solution. Jefferson's and Paine's difference in their tone is evident when examining who th...
  • More Evident Principle Of Common Sense
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    Common Sense and the Self-Refutation of Skepticism"I begin then, with my list of truisms, every one of which+ I know, with certainty, to be true". -G.E. Moore, "A Defence of Common Sense" "Russell's view that I do not now for certain that this is a pencil or that you are conscious rests, if I am right, on four assumptions. And what I can't help asking myself is this: Is it, in fact, as certain that all these four assumptions are true, as that I do know that this is a pencil and that you are cons...
  • Paine's Common Sense
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    The Effects of Thomas Paine's Common Sense How important was it for America to gain its independence from England? Thomas Paine, an English radical ist, thought that it was extremely important. Important enough to write a pamphlet on why American Colonist should have independence. At the time, 1776, many Americans felt the same way about Paine's view on independence, but never took any action on it. Common Sense was published in 1776 as a way to engage people in certain political issues at hand....
  • Paine's Common Sense
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    Author During the 1770's Thomas Paine was a political philosopher and writer. He encouraged people to fight for American independence from Britain. He is one of the more creative figures of his period. Paine talked about American revolutionary ideas with his 1776 writing, Common Sense. In the writing, Paine made a point that Great Britain was trying to corrupt the American colonies and that they contributed nothing to America's well being. Summary Paine published this 50-page story, Common Sense...
  • Publication Of Common Sense
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    Common Sense Published anonymously by Thomas Paine in January of 1776, Common Sense was an instant best-seller, both in the colonies and in Europe. It went through several editions in Philadelphia, and was republished in all parts of United America. Because of it, Paine became internationally famous. 'A Covenanted People' called Common Sense 'by far the most influential tract of the American Revolution... it remains one of the most brilliant pamphlets ever written in the English language. ' Pain...
  • Common Sense
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    Bertrand Russell: The Problems of Philosophy The value of Philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of Philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from the convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation of his deliberate reason. Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy. Philosophy is commonly thought of as an activity reserv...
  • Common Sense By The Way The People
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    Nicholas Sine (if you read this please email me) Period Four April 5, 1998 Machiavelli "Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense". Ralph Waldo Emerson knew exactly how our society thinks when he said those words. The Prince, written by Machiavelli, was made of his thoughts on being or becoming a ruler. Because Machiavelli's ideas were, like Emerson said", ... examples of common sense... ", people were shocked by them. Machiavelli's ideals for society reflect common ...
  • Thomas Paine
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    "Common Sense" was written by Thomas Paine in 1776 after he quickly sided with the colonists in their controversy with Britain. The pamphlet delves into the understanding of the difference between society and government. Paine is considered to be one of the 'founding fathers' of America, having a large impact on the American Revolution. His work also included writings about Deism and the French Revolution. Common Sense focuses mainly on the distinctions between society and government, including ...
  • Beginning Of The Novel Ralph And Jack
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    Each of the two characters I have chosen to contrast and compare is presented in the novel as the most influential representative of each of the two sides. Jack, the chief of the hunters, representing the hidden human passion and almost animal cruelty, and Ralph, with Piggy and a few other children, who is representing human common sense. When the reader enters the book, they find the whole group of the boys on a small island after they had been evacuated from their hometown and after their plai...
  • Common Sense By Thomas Paine
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    Common Sense by Thomas Paine caused an immediate declaration of independence, assuming a special moral obligation of America to the rest of the world. Not long after publication, the spirit of Paine's argument was shown in the American Declaration of Independence Paine's goal in his infamous pamphlet, Common Sense, is to inspire and motivate the pro-revolutionaries and bring those with doubts to the cause by betraying the king and eliminating arguments for reconciliation. He uses the cultural as...
  • Common Sense And Psychology
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    Psychology and common sense are codependent, and we, as people, depend on them as well. For example, if a psychologist was interviewing a patient to try to find the cause of a certain condition, and the psychologist asked the patient about his / her drug history and found it to be quite extensive, then common sense would lead the psychologist to believe that the patient's condition was caused by drugs, the use of which is an example of bad ethics. Ethics, which are defined as rules or principles...
  • Common Sense Concept Of The Hindsight Bias
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    Ive Always Known About the Hindsight Bias Oh, I shouldnt have missed that question, I knew the answer. No I didnt, I just thought I did. I just further proved the concept of the Hindsight Bias, or the I knew it all along phenomenon. This concept came about in the late seventies when psychologists Paul Slavic and Baruch Fisch off began studying how scientific results and historical happenings always seem like common sense to people when in fact, they had no idea. Once people find out something ha...
  • Paine Use Biblical Quotes As Window Dressing
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    Common Sense, a pamphlet by Thomas Paine, could not have come at a better time. The colonists craved independence, but leaned toward reconciliation with the British. Paine stresses this theme throughout the work. The pamphlet was directed toward every colonist, including those still loyal to the Crown. One opinion of the publication is "Paine's Common Sense was unremittingly secular in tone, making its points through a primer on eighteenth-century republican thought, using Biblical quotes merely...
  • Thomas Paine And His Pamphlet
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    Thomas Paine's Common Sense On January 10, 1776, the American colonies were in a mild state of rebellion against Great Britain. Then, Thomas Paine wrote a highly- circulated pamphlet Common Sense accelerating the Americans towards independence. This composition was the strongest driving factor in the move towards independence. Colonists, literate and illiterate, loyal and patriotic, knew of the bold ideas brought up by Thomas Paine. Even undecided leaders and congressional members heeded Tom Pai...

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