Today, Sci-fi movies are associated primarily with the adaptations of the comic series or the teenagers oriented bestselling books. That is, frankly, not a real sci-fi, where the first word stands for science. Interstellar,
directed by Christopher Nolan, who directed the Batman trilogy, has been shot to improve the situation and become the blockbuster, which cherishes the ideas of real scientists.
I do not really understand the modern physics, but in general, Interstellar makes a great impression. There are huge space ships, and various paradoxes and unexplained natural phenomena, which is not at all boring in their details and explanations. They say, it is not without blunders, but they do not hinder you to enjoy the movie.
For me as an average moviegoer, the plot, atmosphere, characters is much more important. And here Nolan put all in perfect order. The plot is good enough even for a three-hour of the opus, you will not be bored for a minute. The atmosphere of deep space is dramatized by the epic music by Zimmer. And the characters are lovingly acted by the great actors, who are, I believe, the most talented in our time. Continue reading “Essay on Interstellar Movie”
Recently, they have asked me: “What inspired me to grow trees”? It made me fall to thinking. It would seem to be a simple question, but it made me take thought about what brought me over to that world understanding where I am now.
I was fond of trees since I was a child, and I always liked a lot to draw their roots, branches, their trunks of unusual involute form. Tree as a form are very interesting in itself and I could analyze them for hours and to see many various connections. Foremost, it is connection between the past, present, and future. Roots go downward, into the past, and branches grow upward and there are always new: they present the future. It is for reason that family is often presented as a large tree. In antiquity, people presented the worlds as based on tree. Even the word “antiquity” reminds me the word “tree.”
Even with a naked eye it is possible to see that the structure of a tree (its silhouette on the whole) is very similar with the patterns capillaries build-up in the animal and human, with lightning, with patterns the rivers draw on their way to the ocean. All these are universal and very well carefully thought out structures (fractals), more effective than you can think of something. Continue reading “Essay on Benefits of Afforestation”
Many people’s dream is to find treasure with treasures, to win a jackpot or scrape up a fortune. They, however, do not know that incomparably greater treasure is inside themselves, in their heart, in their soul.
The world changes, its attitude, its ideology changes too. Already long ago we forgot the exact definition of such categories as wisdom, it was replaced by knowledge; happiness, which we know now as prosperity, habit and moment of leisure, satisfaction; a conscience is replaced by the line of behavior.
It is extraordinarily difficult to unravel the living ball of spiritual life and to trace interlacement of separate filaments forming it: moral and philosophical reasons and ideas; in this matter, we can hope only for a vague understanding.
Presently, only little attention is paid to the moral values; there is no common criteria, no strict orientation, except moral differentiation of acts and positions for good and bad, righteous and wicked. Continue reading “Essay on Importance of Moral Values in Human Life”
Music was in my life long before I learned to distinguish different styles and genres, knew about work of great composers and musicians. The first melody that I still remember was the lullaby my mother sang to me when I was a kid. When the lullaby lyrics ended, my mother continued to vocalize quietly, and her melodious tunes calmed me down and, certainly, put the beginning to my love for music. Then, there were musical theatricals and plays, favorite child’s songs and first idols.
My taste changed accordingly to my age as I grew up. One day I liked rock, the next it was pop-music, in another week I was ready to give the last money for the records of well-known rep performers, sometimes under a mood listened to reggae, and did my homework listening to the popular songs played on various radios. And all the time it seemed to me that without music my world would be imperfect, as cold beauty is repellent without a warm smile, or a sea becomes boring without a gale and white horses on waves. Continue reading “Essay on Role of Music in My Life”
Today increasingly more people think of the necessity to engage in sport activity to be able to lead a healthy way of life.
Sport prevents many health problems and renders enormous influence on our health. Sport and health are closely interrelated. It has emerged that health is the base for a human being in his ability to decide serious vital tasks and surmount various obstacles. It is a necessary condition for a man to live long and happy life.
What does happen in our body when we are engaged in the regular sport activity? During exercising we make work our muscles, bones, joints, ligaments in a stress mode, which results in their adaptation to such an intensive work. It makes our muscles grow stronger, adjusts our nerve system to more effective functioning and help us perform more difficult tasks, then we done before.
There are also positive changes in our joints, but those who are thinking the more, the better, are deeply mistaken. Continue reading “Essay on Sports and Health”
Being materialistic to me means to be a realist. For me, it is to seek rapid and certain results. I don’t believe there is any sense in protracted study of a question, long discussion. Being materialistic means to be a doer. A person that plans and corrects his actions in process.
Full of beans, mobile, irrepressible, quite often such a person differs in choleric temperament. Usually, it is an experimenter. During short time able to set forth a few original and fresh ideas. Gets irritated, if he not immediately is understood, as there is no time for him to explain his position. His reasoning: “There is no time for long thinking. All is clear. Let’s do it!”
He loves new methods of work, approaches, terms, information.
Being materialistic is to be a democratic and sociable person who easily contacts people from an auxiliary personnel to the top-management of the company. Continue reading “Essay on Being Materialistic”
Hochschild’s “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa” gives a brilliant and detailed account of the atrocities of slavery, human rights abuse, and exploitation in the Congo by the King Leopold of Belgium. While giving the reader a glimpse of the themes and characters to be explored in the book, Hochschild opts to show how Morel came to terms with the wanton abuse of human rights in the Congo. The author then focuses on the mind boggling statistics of mass murder perpetuated by Leopold’s greed. Hochschild makes the reader appreciate his analysis by alluding to his first hand experience of the ugly situation when he worked as a journalist in the Congo. One of the questions triggered in the minds of the reader is whether human nature is inherently good or evil. Indeed, the author succeeds in urging the reader to read further in order to understand fully what the Congolese went through in the hands of King Leopold.
In the prologue, the author acknowledges that the story behind Leopold II dates back 500 years when the Europeans started looking for territories to conquer and gain wealth. In this case, Africa and Congo in particular was a perfect place to further Leopold’s ambitions and satisfy his greed. Previously, the Europeans had developed a misplaced image of Africa from the many stories they had heard. While some stories depicted Africa as a land of great wealth and mysterious inhabitants, early explorers were surprised to realize that they had to struggle through the unfriendly landscape. In addition, deadly diseases overwhelmed many explorers besides being horrified by aspects such as paganism, polygamy, cannibalism, and nakedness. Nonetheless, Congolese were also horrified by the brutality of the Europeans as Leopold introduced slave trade and forced labor. Not even Affonso I, the ruler of the Kongo Kingdom was spared by Leopold’s systemic slave trade. It is indisputable that though the Europeans saw Africa as a place where civilization was urgently needed, this was to come at a price due to the greed and cruelty of the colonial masters. Leopold was just propagating a colonial attitude and practice that had been in existence for many centuries before. Continue reading “Free Book Review Sample”
Why People with Somatoform Disorders behave the way they do?
Somatoform disorders are one of the main problems of any modern health system. These are patients who repeatedly come to seek medical advice and complain over (often changing) health problems (e.g., pains, breathing difficulties etc.). in a medical examination there will be no adequate physical findings, meaning that the complaint, even if the person really has a problem breathing of feels pain, comes primarily from emotional or mental background rather than of pure physical illness. The process of frequent visits to the doctor’s office without results is frustrating for both the physician and the patient, as well as costly to the healthcare system. Studies suggest that 15-30 percent of those who ask for medical advice have some kind of unexplained medical condition that falls into the somatoform category. Just to get the picture, a doctor who is visited by 50 patients a day will probably meet between 7-15 people like that until the end of his work day.
Let us try to look more closely into the reasons behind this phenomenon, which stands somewhere in the borderline between medicine and psychiatry. Indeed, there is very little pleasure in dealing over and over again with embarrassing medical examinations and bureaucracy, while knowing that a diagnosis will never be found. Continue reading “Essay on Somatoform Disorders”
In the article “The Other 1492: Jews and Muslims in Columbus’s Spain” Fouad Ajami describes the sad story of exile of the Jews from Spain in 1492. During this time Ferdinand and Isabella signed a verdict that all Jews should live the country leaving all their possessions behind them. The Jews traveled to the regions where the Jewish religion was still accepted – in Portugal, the Netherlands and Italian city-states.
The last ship with the Jews left the country on the 2nd of August and just a day later another famous ship left the shores of Spain – ship with Christopher Columbus on board. Months before these two events Boabdil, the last Muslim King of Granada, has also departed. The Muslims who left were offered to convert or leave the country and later even those who have chosen to convert were forced to leave.
The 10th and 11th centuries were times of prosperity for Jews and Muslims – these were times when literacy spread and economy developed, culture and philosophy were on their rise. The Jews lived well in Muslim Spain, however, the author describes as well anti-Jewish riot in 1066. Soon Muslims lost all their Spanish cities and with the Christian absolutist monarchy the life became unbearable for the local Jews. According to the author, around 25,00o people were killed in the massacres in 1391 and many had to convert. Those who converted could occupy important positions in the country. That also has aggravated the church and now it wanted to destroy the Jews completely. Many Jews escaped to the Ottoman Empire. The author calls the Muslim world of those times quite tolerant, but this tolerance was quite controversial. Now the Jewish quarters in the Muslims cities are empty. Continue reading “Article Review Essay Sample”
Scholars are mainly concern with finding explanations for the things we see around us. Their goal is not only to provide good arguments for why something acts or looks the way it is, but more importantly to use those explanations to create new understandings, based on analogies, natural rules and so on.
Scientific thinking is based on finding hard evidences for well-defined questions. Such evidences can be found through experiments, observations and prior knowledge, all are based on generally accepted mythologies, statistics and logical pattern of drawing conclusions. Many scientists using axioms in their thinking processes, assuming that some facts do not require further investigation.
However, scientific methods suffer from several significant disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages is the dependency of science on the limitations of human perception and intellect, as well as the tools that are used for the scientific research. The result is providing evidences which may be proven in the future, using more sophisticated technology, as false or that can be only partially true. Language also may lead to manipulations, as the usage of a word to define something serves not only as a name but also tells us something about the object itself.
Let us take, for example, my blue t-shirt. I think it is blue and so are 100 of the people I ask. However, the 101st person might be colour-blind. For him, my t-shirt is grey. Another person might say that the shirt is neither blue nor grey; his explanation will be that there is some chemical on the shirt that makes us to believe it is blue, because that is the way our brain analyse the visual information e gets from our eyes. Continue reading “Metaphysical vs Scientific Thinking Essay”