Essential Questions

  • How do we define the term "Monster"? How do we react to and/or interact with Monsters in our society?
  • If truth is difficult to prove in history, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?
  • In what ways might social, political, cultural and religious factors affect the types of human science research that are financed and undertaken, or rejected?
  • Is science, or ought it to be, value free? What implications does your answer have for the regulation of science? Considering the fight over Intelligent Design vs. Evolution (as well as Research Scandals), who should decide whether particular directions in research are pursued?
  • Is mathematics invented or discovered?
  • Picasso said, "Art is a Lie That Tells the Truth." Considering our reading of Grendel, to what extent do you agree with that statement?
  • To what extent do the different ways of knowing and areas of knowledge influence the values adopted by individuals and societies?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Grendel Ch. 1

September 1

Please copy and paste this question on to your blog and answer it:

What were your impressions of the First Chapter from Grendel? Why does Grendel describe his life as "the deadly progression of moon and stars" (p. 8) , "depressed" (p.10), " and "life's curse" (p.11). How does he describe his mother? Can you think of anyone in our society that might describe their own life in the same way? Why?

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