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Exam 3: Mind, self, identity, and free will
PHIL 101
• Our format is similar to Exams 1 and 2. This time you have two essays to complete. Pick
two from the list on p. 2 below. Each essay should be about a full single-spaced page
(that’s about 550-650 words each). Submit on Moodle under the Turnitin link by the end
of Tuesday, November 15. You have a two-day grace period if you need it.
• Here are some guidelines for your essays:
a. This is an ‘Exam’, yes, but remember that a central goal for our class is for you to
come to some reasoned judgments of your own on our philosophical issues. The exam
questions ask you about that, so this is your chance to put your thinking together into
some arguments for your positions. Your thinking and reasoning is primary here.
b. So the Exam isn’t a research project. Nobody should be looking up answers to the
questions somewhere, nor should you work together at all. It’s not your view if you
simply looked something up someplace and summarized it.
c. The questions also ask you to relate your ideas and arguments to our readings and
topics we’ve had in our class meetings and discussions. Those are sources that should
be used here, and be sure to document them properly.
d. It’s ok to be not supremely confident about your philosophical views or your
arguments. Philosophical positions are works in progress anyway. But you still should
have more than enough for these essays. If you aren’t in that situation just yet, that’s
ok too. Do your best, I’ll give feedback and suggestions, and you can revise to make it
a better expression of what you think and why.
e. Use your own ‘voice’. You don’t need to sound profound unless that’s actually your
normal way of writing. Shoot for your writing to be clear, intelligible, and coherent.
Revise, proofread, and edit as needed before submitting, but the content matters
most. What you say and defend matters the most here.
• You can revise and resubmit your essays. That deadline will be about a week after the
comments are available. If the gradebook says ‘incomplete’, you have to revise. That
means something was missing or fell short of the expectations above. But everyone has
the option to revise. Everyone can make their arguments better in a revision.
• While there’s no grade here like an A or an 89, the written feedback should give you
something much more useful and precise. Any relevant judgments on quality of the ideas,
accuracy, or the presentation will be in the written comments.p. 2 of 2
Questions on our philosophical content (answer TWO of these):
1) Summarize the argument Descartes gives in Discourse on Method, part 4, for dualism (that’s
what we read for class), and then critique that argument. (Note: You might be tempted to
give us Elizabeth’s question as the critique here. Don’t do that. Elizabeth is criticizing
dualism itself, the thesis, not Descartes’ reasoning for dualism that we read.)
2) What makes you you? Or, what makes a person that individual person? That was the
characterization question about personal identity. Formulate a reasoned position of your own
on this, and compare it to at least some of what we studied in class and had in the readings.
Defend your position, either with an argument for it or by considering and replying to a
possible criticism.
3) For a specific argument in the DuBois reading OR the Baldwin one, summarize the
argument and critique it. Even if you think the reasoning in question is a good one, what
criticism might be raised against it? (If you want, consider a reply to that critique as part of
your essay.)
4) If we’re not free, as Pereboom argues, then how can we still have morality? How can we have
meaning in life? Pereboom addresses both of these possible objections. For just ONE of them,
summarize what he says the objection is and what his reply to it is, and then either give
another reply of your own to help Pereboom answer the objection, OR critique Pereboom’s
reply to that objection.
Other suggestions for making an essay good:
• Organize coherently. Even though our essays are short, using multiple paragraphs will
help the clarity. Summarize something in one paragraph. Give your own view in a
different paragraph. If you stick to one task per paragraph, that makes your writing easier
to read, and thus it’s clearer. Thus we understand you better.
• Avoid direct quotations. You might have learned, “Always include a good quote.” Here’s
a better rule: Unless you absolutely have to include the actual text from somewhere as an
essential part of what you’re arguing, don’t quote. Summarize instead.
• For the philosophical essays, strong essays will consider an objection and reply to it. Try
figuring out the best objection a critic might raise against you and respond to it.
• Draft, revise, edit, and proofread multiple times before submitting. Revising is taking what
you say and writing it again in a better way. The second or third version is usually better.
Editing includes smaller things like condensing the text, getting rid of repetition, and
making the phrasing and word choice better. Proofreading includes even smaller things like
getting rid of mechanical, grammatical, and spelling errors. Do the writing process in that
order: Draft, revise, edit, and then proofread for small stuff.
• Remember to document everything. APA, MLA, Chicago, whatever, both in the text and
with a works cited list/bibliography. But be sure to do it. It’s for integrity and for
distinguishing your ideas from what you’re summarizing.

Please find the attached file containing the same instructions as above.
mind self identify and free will Exam three options philosophy.pdf

Mass Communication

Background: The electronic epoch began with the invention of the telegraph in 1896. This device used radio waves to carry messages in Morse code and this discovery paved the way for broadcast radio, which became increasingly popular in the 1920s. In addition to broadcasting weather and news reports, radio stations often had in-house orchestras and aired live music daily. Families gathered around the radio to listen to evening programs such as Amos N’Andy, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, or President Roosevelt’s fireside chats.
On the 30th of October in 1938, Orson Welles produced, hosted, and acted in the most famous single radio broadcast of all time, an adaptation of H.G. Well’s science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds. Instead of just acting out the novel, he broadcasted it in a news format, which lead people, especially those who missed the opening disclaimer, to believe his account of battles between Martians and the U.S. Army were real. It is believed to have created panic amongst citizens.
Due: Upload on Moodle the completed document by 1/18 @ 9:00am. Be prepared to discuss the broadcast in class.
Directions: Listen to this famous broadcast from the 8-minute mark to the 27-minute mark and thoroughly respond to the following questions. This is a graded assignment.

  1. How would you react if you heard this live in 1938?
  2. What sound effects make this broadcast believable?
  3. In terms of people’s reactions to the broadcast, do you think something like this [mass panic] could happen today (2018-2023)? If yes, why? If no, why not?
  4. How could you, back in 1938, verify the information?
  5. If this broadcasted live, today, how would you verify the information?
  6. How does the technology we have today influence how we receive and react to information? (Be specific.)
  7. State an example of mass panic caused by the media within last 15 years.
    How is this reaction similar to and different from the reaction caused by the War of the Worlds broadcast?

Media Across Generations: Interview Assignment
Assignment objectives:
By completing this assignment, the student will:

  1. understand how various media sources affect intrapersonal, interpersonal, and mass communication –
    in both the past and present.
  2. infer how various media sources may affect communication in the future – in similar and different
    ways than today and in the past.
  3. develop better interviewing skills and techniques
  4. reflect on and synthesize themes, differences and similarities in media and technology use across
    For this assignment, you will interview two people. The first person, whom you will refer to as “Interviewee
    1,” should be someone one generation older than you (a parent or someone of your parents’ generation). The
    second person, whom you will refer to as “Interviewee 2,” should be and someone two generations older than
    you (a grandparent or someone of your grandparents’ generation).
    Your goal is to learn about what media and technology were like when they were growing up. You will ask
    each interviewee the following 8 questions, as well as two additional questions that are relevant to this topic,
    which you come up with on your own.
    Use these 10 questions as a guide, but allow the conversation to unfold naturally and allow your
    interviewees to expand on their answers as they see fit. Feel free to ask them follow up answers to
    gain more information.
    Interview Questions
  5. What type of media did you use the most often when you were growing up?
  6. How did you gain access to media content (movies, music, magazines, books)?
  7. How much choice did you have when accessing media content?
  8. What type of media/technology did you use most frequently to communicate with your friends and
  9. Tell me about one media product (e.g. a movie, book, or song) that you recall having a strong influence
    on you as you were growing up.
  10. How do you feel that the media you grew up with may have influenced your sense of your own culture
    and identity?
  11. How did the stereotypical representations in the media you consumed affect you and your
    understanding of the world?
  12. What kind of access did you have to find out about what was going on in other countries around the
  13. A relevant question of your own interest related to the topic of media/technology:
  14. A relevant question of your own interest related to the topic of media/technology:
    Assignment Submission
    In your submission, provide each interviewee’s answers to these questions (labeling them “Interviewee 1” and
    “Interviewee 2”), and then thoroughly answer the following questions as your own reflection on this
    interview experience:
  15. What was the most interesting, significant, or surprising thing you learned from your interview with
    Interviewee 1? From Interviewee 2?
  16. What are some similarities or differences between the media use of your generation and the media
    use of Interviewee 1’s generation? Of Interviewee 2’s generation?
  17. What are some similarities or differences between the role that media played in people’s
    understanding of their own identity and the world in the past, and today?
  18. In general, would you say that media and technology have had more of a positive influence or negative
    influence in each generation, as well as your own?
  19. What did you learn about how changes in media and technology have influenced the way we
    communicate over time?
  20. What did you learn about how the cultural influence of media has changed over time?
  21. Come up with one or two additional questions that you would ask your interviewees if you could meet
    them again, to follow up on what you learned.
  22. Please provide any other thoughts, lessons learned, or insights that you have had through this
    Format: Please type your paper using 1” margins, size 12 font, and double-space it. Use appropriate headings, as needed.
    Due: Both the interview AND the reflection paper are due by 2/1 @ 9:00am
    Please submit your completed assignment electronically through Moodle.

You are currently working at NCLEX Memorial Hospital in the Infectious Diseases Unit. Over the past few days, you have noticed an increase in patients admitted with a particular infectious disease. You believe that the ages of these patients play a critical role in the method used to treat the patients. You decide to speak to your manager, and together you work to use statistical analysis to look more closely at the ages of these patients.
You do some research and put together a spreadsheet of the data that contains the following information:
● Client number
● Infection disease status
● Age of the patient

You need the preliminary findings immediately so that you can start treating these patients. So, let’s get to work!
Background information on the Data:
The data set consists of 70 patients that have infectious disease with ages ranging from 42 years of age to 84 years of age for NCLEX Memorial Hospital.

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Deliverable 7 - PowerPoint Assignment Instructions.docx

Deliverable 7 - Statistical Analysis Report item options Assignment Content


Describe the data using the measures of central tendency and measures of variability.
Apply the normal distribution, standard normal distribution, and central limit theorem.
Develop a confidence interval for a population parameter.
Evaluate hypothesis tests for population parameters from one population.
Evaluate hypothesis tests for population parameters from two populations.
Determine the linear correlation and regression equation between two variables to make predictions for the dependent variable.

Student Success Criteria
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You are currently working at NCLEX Memorial Hospital in the Infectious Diseases Unit. Over the past few days, you have noticed an increase in patients admitted with a particular infectious disease. You believe that the ages of these patients play a critical role in the method used to treat the patients. You decide to speak to your manager, and together you work to use statistical analysis to look more closely at the ages of these patients.

You do some research and put together a spreadsheet of the data that contains the following information
Client number
Infection disease status
Age of the patient

Deliverable 7 - Statistical Analysis Report.xlsx

You are to put together a PowerPoint presentation that explains the analysis of your findings which you will submit to your manager. The presentation should contain all components of your findings. For review, the components of the report should include:

Brief overview of the scenario and variables in the data set
Discussion, calculation, and interpretation of the mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation, and variance
Discussion, construction, and interpretation of the 95% confidence interval
Explanation of the full hypothesis test

The calculations should be performed in your spreadsheet that you will also submit to your manager. You can find additional information on what to add to your PowerPoint presentation in this Word document.

Deliverable 7 - PowerPoint Instructions.docx

Use the questions in the Word document as your guide for the contents of your presentation.

For your final deliverable, submit your PowerPoint presentation and the Excel workbook showing your work. Do not submit your Word document.