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Expository Essay Help (ASAP) *solved*
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Expository Essay Help (ASAP) *solved*

Don't worry guys, solved.

(01-10-2012 02:15 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Efs, your nihilism is beautiful.
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You could introduce environmental and cultural determinism into this. Events are immediately caused by the preceding events, everything we encounter in some way as an influence on our identity.

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(03-13-2012 05:12 PM)Elfy Wrote:  You could introduce environmental and cultural determinism into this. Events are immediately caused by the preceding events, everything we encounter in some way as an influence on our identity.

That is actually a really good point that could get me quite a few points, thanks!
But how would I "support" this point? She wants us to show evidence and support our arguments. Would I just quote some philosophers work or I guess I could use some made up anecdotal evidence.

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Some traits in identity can be caused by biological determinism which very well may link to parents. Also more culturally, our environment and experiences shape our behaviour (which includes parents and a lot of other things). Religion is a good real life example that you can use as evidence, take life under Taliban rule. Western values are pretty much rejected, democracy isn't the 'norm'. How they think is shaped by their way of life.

Not sure about philosophers, I've got a few names with their ideas but I'm afraid that this essay wasn't really intended to be on determinism... it would be way off track for that prompt. You could bring in newtonian laws to support that every state of affairs in your life has been causally determined by the previous state of affairs. And if you wanted you could counter that with quantum mechanics and go with the Copenhagen Interpretation and say the world is more probablistic but not determined. And then you can agree with Einstein, we do not know the necessary variables included in sub-atomic particles. Simply an epistemic deficit. This still links back to the question as it is about how our identity is shaped. The causation of events is fundamental to that... but like I said I think this would end up getting too philosophical for what you wash thinking about.

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(03-13-2012 05:46 PM)Elfy Wrote:  Some traits in identity can be caused by biological determinism which very well may link to parents. Also more culturally, our environment and experiences shape our behaviour (which includes parents and a lot of other things). Religion is a good real life example that you can use as evidence, take life under Taliban rule. Western values are pretty much rejected, democracy isn't the 'norm'. How they think is shaped by their way of life.

Not sure about philosophers, I've got a few names with their ideas but I'm afraid that this essay wasn't really intended to be on determinism... it would be way off track for that prompt. You could bring in newtonian laws to support that every state of affairs in your life has been causally determined by the previous state of affairs. And if you wanted you could counter that with quantum mechanics and go with the Copenhagen Interpretation and say the world is more probablistic but not determined. And then you can agree with Einstein, we do not know the necessary variables included in sub-atomic particles. Simply an epistemic deficit. This still links back to the question as it is about how our identity is shaped. The causation of events is fundamental to that... but like I said I think this would end up getting too philosophical for what you wash thinking about.
Yeah I think that should be enough, I don't want to trail off-topic like I usually do. But the information you've given me is more than enough, I just made some more points too so I should be fine tomorrow. Plus the determinism points are perfect.
Thanks mate! I should be all set!

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