Crime is always an important issue at election time and a frequent topic of debate on radio talk shows. Most of us have stories to tell of burglaries or being mugged or worse and while, when we tell them the incident may be nothing more to us than an anecdote, at the time it probably left us feeling shaken and vulnerable. Crime affects us all. However, we as a society still like to cling to the idea of the criminal as a wild-eyed James Cagney, or a more modern day screen villain-- psychopathic, utterly remorseless and, in the end, getting his just desserts. It comforts us to think of criminals simply as “bad seeds”. In part, because it absolves us of any responsibility for having “created” them, or any guilt we might feel in punishing them. The fact is, though, that psychopaths are few and far between. Most crime is rooted in socio-economic factors that we, as a group, help to foster.read more
John Woo’s films, predominantly of an action and adventure genre, incorporate aspects of Chinese mythology in the characterizations of goodness and evil (Hanke, 35). Woo’s American films (Face/Off, Broken Arrow) exemplify the most obvious attributes of Woo’s style, with excessive gunplay, slow motion, and unbelievable action sequences. Within these aspects of violence, however, is a choreography that reflects a basic morality tale about power, personal transcendence, and a romantic hero’s struggle to overcome a moral crisis (Hanke, 36). It is here, in the fantasy morality play that particular Chinese influence that can be traced to the American-made films of both Woo and Ang Lee.read more
The economics view of intellectual property sees the protection of intellectual property as both a good and a bad thing. The view recognizes that there needs to be protection and promotion of new ideas, but it also takes into account that many ideas can be worthless. In other words, the economics view believes that ideas have to be looked at for what they are worth, not just for being spoken. This is primarily because the protection of intellectual property increases cost, but such increase in cost can be disproportional to the real worth of the ideas themselves. Nonetheless, one thing has to be kept in mind: information is a public good. (Cooter and Ulen, 140)read more
Charles Beard was interested in the interrelation of economics and politics. In An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, he argued that the framers of the Constitution, as property owners, were chiefly interested in constructing a charter to protect their wealth. This was a Marxist analysis that focused on the haves and the have-nots.read more
This paper sheds light on various economic concepts from Neoclassicism era and also discusses their survival and validity in the 21st century. Neoclassic economics developed concepts, which are still popular in certain areas, because they were parallel to the principles of a free economy. But some changes were introduced in certain models and concepts when they were considered flawed and no longer appeared valid.read more
This page undergraduate paper discusses the change in the quasi-capitalistic micro economy over time. The paper also refers to a shift from the classical study of economics from Adam Smith that is from the free market system to a more Keynesian approach. The paper highlights how technology has changed how we work as the employee is no longer just a factor of production to be exploited but a meaningful part of the business.read more
The topic of mate selection has always been an important one for researchers of animal behavior precisely because mate selection is vital to the species that those researchers are examining. No living organism can sustain life indefinitely and must eventually procreate to pass on their genetic information to the next generation. I have therefore chosen to study sexual selection and in particular the physiological traits that influence it by examining a species in which the factors of effective mate selection are relatively transparent to the observer. In particular this research examines mate selection in the damselfly Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis.read more
Introduction: This scientific study will examine a scientific and ethical argument against human cloning in regards to the problems with “Dolly”, the first animal to ever be cloned. In this manner, the problems of Dolly’s death will be examined through the science of cell research to realize the premature death of this pioneering animal. In this respect, Dolly died at an early age due to severe arthritis, which may be an error in the development of the cells that created Dolly from her “mother.” Through an examination of the details of this erroneous cloning, there needs to be far better research and development before human beings should be considered for the cloning process.read more
The word “account” is at the root of the words accountable, accountant, and accounting. Common to all these words is the idea of accurate and responsible reporting and/or recording. This paper will regretfully show that while the word “account” certainly carries weight insofar as lending an impression of truth, accuracy, and objectivity, in our society today, the impression is increasingly found to be false. Highlighted and discussed will be the fields which seem to be particularly vulnerable to misleading or outright false financial reporting:read more
The religious writings of Soren Kierkegaard represent a fundamental challenge to traditional modes of thinking about subjects such as theology and faith. Indeed, this 19th century Danish philosopher's reflections upon the relationship between God and Man, Faith and Reason, are so idiosyncratic as to be virtually heretical within the parameters of most organized Christianity. Given this, some might question the value of studying his religious philosophy.read more
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