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To Save Rationality

Updated on May 26, 2011

To change the now

without causing evil

evil in the way it forces the hand

causes one to act without choices salve

giving cause to blame Father

even more then people do

for stacking the deck

justices abraded

such changes wouldn't do


to the change then

one wise enough to make alteration happen

effectual enough to bring change

let illusions be laid to waist

not by existential methods,

destroying them

but letting humans see life for what it is

simpler then before and more vivid for its simplicity

not what others have caused it to appear

forcing those warping fiends to choose insanity

to continue to bury their heads


it would seem

that one cannot remove stupidity

but if the facades were torn down

causing the world to make sense

if one would reason with any rationality

then perhaps the honest would be rewarded for honesty

and the dishonest living in vain

choice could be made in clarity

absurdity justly repaid.

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      Jhaden 

      3 years ago

      Netan1- True altruism is dlienitefy possible in our world. There are many people in the world who care about others more than themselves. These people are willing to do whatever they can to aid others while not taking any benefit from it. However, some people can help the ones in need more than others. For example, Angelina Jolie is an altruistic person. She travels to many countries in despair and tries very hard to support the people she meets. She is able to do all this travelling because of her wealth. There are other people not wealthy as Angelina who are altruistic and do smaller things to help people in need, without taking credit for their work. This is why true altruism is a reality. In terms of rationality, altruism is clearly irrational. It is not logical to aid someone financially or by another way and not receive anything back.1- In schools, many students distract themselves from paying attention in class and therefore do not achieve their full potential. Teachers and staff use incentives to change the students' opportunity costs. Some teachers do simple pop quizzes so that students who are late do not get the easy marks. Also, some teachers call parents of students who have been late multiple times. This makes the students come to class on time as they don't want their parents to get a call home saying their kids been late to class. Teachers also do class activities and contests with small rewards to make students participate more and enjoy their time in class. There are better ways for schools to alter opportunity costs of students but they have to make sure the incentives aren't too rough as it can have a negative impact on students.2- A great incentive would be to have a group meeting and tell everyone how important it is that each member of the group comes to class, prepared and ready. A negative incentive might be to snitch and tell the teacher that a student is not cooperating with the group. This might make that individual person angry and make him/her participate less for grudge. Positive incentives that each member of the group agrees on can create a successful group but there is always a chance that an incentive might backfire.

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      Lesley 

      3 years ago

      , altruism is not rtiaonal. People make rtiaonal decisions to receive the most gains. With no self-interests in altruism, altruism would not be reasonable and can not be justified. A decision that would result in no benefits but loss is definitely not sound judgment.1.Quite a few social and economic incentives are used by schools to alter the students’ opportunity costs. The social incentives include teachers encouraging students to use their time properly and setting the right priorities and teaching with a regular schedule so that to opportunity costs for the students to miss classes are not being accepted into the class community and the learning environment like everyone else. Schools generally use more economic incentives to try to change student behavior such as humiliating the students when they are late, holding detentions, calling home and giving pop quizzes. In those cases, the opportunity cost of students missing school would be receiving lower marks, getting punished and losing self pride. However, because those incentives are mostly negative incentives, a combination of too many negative incentives may decrease the opportunity cost of students to miss school compared to the opportunity cost of students if they were focusing on school work. I believe the school should have more positive incentives that encourage students to participate actively in class such as creating a fun learning environment and rewarding punctuated students from time to time. Positive incentives would lower the opportunity cost of students participating in school and more students would chose school work. 2.In my opinion, positive incentives would be a better way to encourage positive group behavior. Social incentives that can be used are to show fun clips or have fun group activities at the beginning of a class and to give priority to the groups if all the members arrive on time so that the opportunity cost of students for missing class would be missing out on fun all the other students are having and the guilt of letting down on their group. The economic incentive that can be used is to have really easy pop quizzes from time to time and to give zeros to the students who miss the pop quizzes. In this case, the opportunity cost of missing the class would be missing a chance to boost up one’s marks. Nevertheless, there is a still a chance that the incentives will backfire. Since most of the incentives I have come up with are positive incentives, to some students the opportunities missed are still not very important to them. Therefore, it is possible to some students that taking away the negative incentives would make missing class an easier option for them. However, I still believe that positive incentives will work very well as to encouraging the majority of the class.

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