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Before the portrayal of the human body can be critiqued, you must understand the artist's culture. As man evolved over centuries, his views of the body also transformed. Our tour definitely showed the drastic changes in different cultures' art. Each culture and era presents very distinct characteristics. Through time and experimentation, we have expressed our views of the human body clearly with our art. Egyptians were the first people to make a large impact on the world of art. Egyptians needed art for their religious beliefs more than decoration or self-gratification. The most important aspect of Egyptian life is the ka, the part of the human spirit that lives on after death. The ka needed a physical place to occupy or it would disappear. Most of the important men of Egypt paid to have their body carved out of stone. That was were the spirit would live after the man dies. They used stone because it was the strongest material they could find. Longevity was very important. The bodies are always idealized and clothed. Figures are very rigid, close-fisted, and are built on a vertical axis to show that the person is grand or intimidating. Most of the figures were seen in the same: profile of the legs, frontal view of the torso, and profile of the head. Like most civilizations, Egyptians put a lot of faith in gods. The sky god Horus, a bird, is found in a great amount of Egyptian art. Little recognition was ever given to the artists. The emphasis was on the patron. Early Greek art was greatly influenced by the Egyptians. Geography permitted both cultures to exchange their talents. The beginning of Greek art is marked by the Geometric phase. The most common art during the Geometric phase was vase painting. After the vase was formed...
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added: 10/30/2011
Eli Rouimi 12/1/2003 Animal Testing – Argumentative Essay Animal Testing has led to dramatic improvements in the quality and quantity of life throughout the world. The veracity of this matter is crucial to every individual due to the fact that the experiment that is done on the animals can save lives for the reason that it can bring new medicine to aid people's existence and reproduction. To all the scientists who are interested in animal issues and who think that it's immoral and it should be banned, the next few paragraphs might make you think otherwise. Animal testing offers results that benefit the well being of humans. It can enhance understanding of the group under examination, and amplify the development of cosmetic surgery. Animal Testing can introduce effects which are beneficial to the health of individuals and animals. Scientific research on animals is excellent since it can help in finding cures for many diseases. All scientists should realize that animal research is brilliant for the reason that we are able to survive through countless diseases, and not expire after every cold. If scientists did not use animals for evolutionary purposes, we wouldn't be able to survive or reproduce. This is what has been keeping us alive until now. The world has accumulated many negative viruses and germs that by this point in history, the human race would have disappeared. Inuit's used to pass away with just one illness. Nowadays we have medicine that can keep us alive and help our bodies fight just about anything. The credit should be given to the animal testing that researchers do. Laboratory exercises, as well as classroom demonstrations involving live animals can be valuable as instructional aids. Every student should understand that every lab and information given, are tools that can improve and continue all the research...
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Eli Rouimi 12/1/2003 Animal Testing – Argumentative Essay Animal Testing has led to dramatic improvements in the quality and quantity of life throughout the world. The veracity of this matter is crucial to every individual due to the fact that the experiment that is done on the animals can save lives for the reason that it can bring new medicine to aid people's existence and reproduction. To all the scientists who are interested in animal issues and who think that it's immoral and it should be banned, the next few paragraphs might make you think otherwise. Animal testing offers results that benefit the well being of humans. It can enhance understanding of the group under examination, and amplify the development of cosmetic surgery. Animal Testing can introduce effects which are beneficial to the health of individuals and animals. Scientific research on animals is excellent since it can help in finding cures for many diseases. All scientists should realize that animal research is brilliant for the reason that we are able to survive through countless diseases, and not expire after every cold. If scientists did not use animals for evolutionary purposes, we wouldn't be able to survive or reproduce. This is what has been keeping us alive until now. The world has accumulated many negative viruses and germs that by this point in history, the human race would have disappeared. Inuit's used to pass away with just one illness. Nowadays we have medicine that can keep us alive and help our bodies fight just about anything. The credit should be given to the animal testing that researchers do. Laboratory exercises, as well as classroom demonstrations involving live animals can be valuable as instructional aids. Every student should understand that every lab and information given, are tools that can improve and continue all the research...
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added: 11/25/2011
Laser beams, intergalactic thrusters and space tourism, sound like a sci-fi movie? Well as weird as it may be, the above proposals and other many similar ideas that once seemed only of imagination may soon be possible. Ever since the first days of man, the human race has been baffled by the heavens above always wondering what is out there and if the moon really is made of "Swiss cheese"? Over time the human race has developed machines and other devices to help itself and to explore our boundaries, from the invention of the wheel to the horse and cart, to trains, boats and cars and now the modern day space shuttle. Technology has greatly been a factor in what we have achieved in travel, being a limiting aspect to what can be achieved. To achieve adequate technology for further development, research must be conducted. Research and material development are one of the most expensive aspects of space travel in that there is so much that has to be taken into consideration for the pilot and/or the shuttle to arrive safely whilst staying under budget and using appropriate resources. Without space vehicles it will be practically impossible to learn more detail about the rest of the universe and of course the fact that the sun will eventually destroy all life on earth is another reason why humans may need space vehicles to survive in the future. Ever since Armstrong landed his spacecraft on the moon, the quest for more efficient, stronger space vehicle components and materials has continued. With more than just two countries showing interest in space research nowadays, the technological advances have significantly improved the equipment and techniques used. For space vehicles to be light yet durable, many are conducted of high quality yet metallic alloys including titanium for strength , resilience and high melting point. For long-distance journeys...
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Stephen Grofcsik David Hendler Cloning is Unethical Behavior February 22, 1997 scientists at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland shocked the scientific community. (Federspell, Jeff , 256) The world stood in awe as Dr. Ian Wilmut explained the cloning of a sheep named Dolly. The fact that a mammal had been successfully cloned raised heated discussion on whether human cloning was possible and if it should be explored. Philosophers, theologians, and scientists debated whether human cloning is moral or ethical. Soon after the discovery, President Clinton enacted legislation to prevent federal aid to any project committed to human cloning and further asked that no such attempts should be made by any organization. Based on the knowledge held currently, cloning is an unethical action because it violates the inherent rights of humans, threatens the general welfare of society, and disrespects the autonomy and dignity of a human being. In order for an action to be considered ethical it must not violate any inherent rights of human beings. Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement who's purpose is to determine what rights human beings should be granted. Amnesty works to promote the rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Their adopted declaration contains the following: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person, no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms, and everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (Amnesty International) If an action violates any of these stated rights, it is unethical. For example, murder is deemed unethical by our society. When a person willingly takes the life of another human, he directly...
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added: 12/05/2011
A Space Odyssey, by acclaimed science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, is a tale of human evolution as guided by a higher intelligence, making it a landmark in literary achievement. Rather than focusing on an isolated moment in history, 2001 spans the entire course of mankind's development, from the most primitive cavemen to the final stages of evolution, with each period of evolution being represented by a different character or set of characters. These tiers of human achievement are interconnected by the presence of a mysterious stone structure known as "the monolith," which heralds in each new level of existence for the human race. The themes that Clarke addresses in this book include the evolution of mankind, the conflict of human evolution as opposed to the evolution of technology, and the role of a higher intelligence in human development. The first theme, which forms the foundation of the 2001 story, is the gradual evolution of the human race. In the first part of the novel, mankind is represented by the savage "man-apes," who fit the traditional caveman archetype. These creatures are barely above the intellectual level of animals, until the appearance of an extraterrestrial monolith inspires one of them to hunt using stones, thus beginning the use of tools for the human race and possibly saving the race from starvation. When next we see the human race, science and technology have made amazing strides, and the time period is sometime in a fictional twentieth century. Just as the caveman known as Moon-Watcher represented the man-apes, Dr. Floyd becomes the center of attention during this tier in human evolution. Floyd is called on a mysterious mission to the Clavius moon base, where it is revealed that a monolith much like the one discovered by the ape men has been unearthed. The...
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Does The Matrix Offer An Ultimately Utopian Or Dystopian View Of Information-technology? The Matrix is a postmodern film about life in the year 2199. The word matrix in terms of computers is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "an interconnected array of diodes, cores, or other circuit elements that has a number of inputs and outputs and somewhat resembles a lattice or grid in its circuit design or physical construction"¹. The film questions whether or not we live in reality or we live in a virtual world. The film claims that we (the human race) live inside our minds and that we are actually plugged into a computer programme in which we believe we are experiencing reality. The film is based on the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) has taken over the world and that there was a war between the humans and the computers. During the war the humans "scorched the sky" as they thought that the computers would not survive without solar power, however the computers discovered that humans are like batteries and they would provide enough energy to support them. This led to humans being 'farmed' by the computers to provide energy. The main character in the film, Neo, is freed from the womb-like capsule his body lives in, by Morpheus who believes that Neo is 'the one' who will free the human race. The film is about information-technology and what can happen if it goes wrong. Because of the amount if information-technology in the film, it links in to postmodernity and the film offers a very postmodern view of the world and our society, especially in the west. Postmodernity is a complex theory that questions whether or not something even exists, "our reality is little more than a consensual hallucination" (William Gibson). Postmodernism is a term that describes...
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added: 08/25/2012
Head of a Youth For this assignment, I viewed the Greek "Head of Youth." This piece is actually the head and face of a marble carving of a young, striding, nude male. I viewed this sculpture in room 102 of the Nelson Atkins Museum's Ancient Art Collection. It is, of course, very weathered an old, with the marble crumbling on the nose and mouth. There is also a large chunk of marble missing from its chin. Found in Attica, Greece, it is approximately seven and one half inches high, and was carved in about 490 B.C. during the Archaic Period. This period in Greek history lasted from 600 B.C to 480 B.C. Its most important event was probably the overthrowing of tyrants in Athens and the establishment of democracy in the city, which led to important advancements in art, literature, and science. "Head of Youth" is basically a vaguely triangular head, with a very flat shape. His hair is a series of spiral coils (two rows) on the crown, and closely styled over the back. His large eyes seem to be placed high on his head, and he has very full, slightly smiling lips. The eyes, ears, nose and mouth seem to simply be placed on a flat surface to create the face, which is probably evidence of a workshop environment used to create the sculpture. Usually, the ears, nose, eyes, and mouth were drawn onto the marble block and then carved out by workers. This process made for a very flat, geometric face, which seemed to almost contradict the accuracy with which the rest of the body is portrayed. "Head of Youth" is a prime example of a common type of Greek sculpture called a kouros, meaning "youth." Kouroi are said to emulate the general stance of many Egyptian statues, showing the...
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added: 11/05/2011
Arts and Humanities in a Changing World What are arts and humanities? Simply stated, they distinguish us as human beings from the rest of beasts. The human race alone has been molded and shaped throughout centuries by looking at the intriguing things around them, or the beautiful concepts inside of them and expressing them in the form in a piece of art. But how do they really affect our daily lives as it is today. To a certain extent, we cannot fully appreciate what role arts and humanities plays in daily life, until we see the consequences of a generation without it. Arts and Humanities in a Changing World What are arts and humanities? Simply stated, they distinguish us as human beings from the rest of beasts. The human race alone has been molded and shaped throughout centuries by looking at the intriguing things around them, or the beautiful concepts inside of them and expressing them in the form in a piece of art. But how do they really affect our daily lives as it is today. To a certain extent, we cannot fully appreciate what role arts and humanities plays in daily life, until we see the consequences of a generation without it. Humanities define us as the human race, and the condition and quality of being human. Humanities opened up critical branches of knowledge from philosophy, literature, art, to liberal arts and understanding of the human thought. The humanities have connected people from all different backgrounds, for example many people in India love watching American films, and, accordingly, many Americans enjoy foreign film. It is not just through film that people from different cultures can connect, it is through literature, music, and other forms of art. People of different ages can share the same interests, political views, and opinions. All of these...
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added: 12/02/2011
Raul Truisilo said that the dance maker's medium is the human body. In class we have studied the different planes the human body moves in and the bones and muscles that form the human body. I believe a better knowledge of the human body, and our own bodies in particular, will enable us to move in ways that are new to our body. One of the choreographers said that when he is creating a new dance it isn't always new for the audience, but it is always new for him because his choreography is based on a different ways of moving and experimenting with different movement combinations. When we formed into groups in class and told each other to change a movement that we've already seen before, we were using this same tactic. I have to admire women such as Isadore Duncan and Martha Graham for their devotion and creativity in dance. They are women who wanted something different and something liberating. I think modern dance for them was an escape from their, otherwise, everyday, mundane lives as women in their times. They broke some rules, and they succeeded. My favorite aspect was their choice in costumes. They used loose clothing that moved freely. I enjoyed their break from the rigid layers of tight clothing women were expected to wear in their time. These women definitely took "everything" and added "more" to it with the intention of creating a new dance language that is still growing today. Modern dance is "everything that has been done, plus." This is the quote in the video that stuck out in my mind the most. Everything we do in class resembles something that has been done before, but we do it in a different way or at a different speed....
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added: 01/29/2012
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