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Hillary G's picture

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

I have to say, it's hard to believe this class is over. We've discussed so many concepts from so many different perspectives that I think it's safe to say we all came away with something valuable. I can't speak for everyone, but I personally feel that I have gained a lot from our discussions. I've become better at understanding different view points and I have now experienced firsthand just how diverse people's opinions and perspectives can be.


We've determined, essentially, that all we are is stories. We are products of our cultures, of our genetics, of our experiences, and of our neural activity. Evolution occurs at the cultural level, at the individual level, and at the biological level. Our minds have been warped by discussions of reality and social issues, and concepts that we may never have thought about or questioned before.


We have been forced to step outside our comfort zones and embrace the idea of exploration. We have appreciated and cursed the world for all its complexities and mysteries, and we will likely leave this course with more questions than answers. But we have also been given a solid foundation upon which to ask those questions. Because what's really important is asking the hardest questions, and having the courage to do so.  And I think after this course, we will.



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