Week 4 and 5: Forming Opinions

We will continue analyzing news items in order to develop clear and focused opinions about them. We will then examine the structure of an outline paragraph and you will choose one of the topics viewed in class to write a ONE PARAGRAPH opinion response to.

http://prezi.com/tla0yvb3ml_v/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

http://jp.vice.com/news/%E3%82%B7%E3%83%AA%E3%82%A2%E3%81%A7%E6%88%A6%E3%81%86%E8%8B%B1%E5%9B%BD%E4%BA%BA%E3%82%B8%E3%83%8F%E3%83%BC%E3%83%87%E3%82%A3%E3%82%B9%E3%83%88

http://jp.vice.com/news/unsettled-syrian-refugees-in-america

The Worst Internship In the World

Playing with Nuclear Fire

Anti Nuke Political Art

The French Terrorist Attacks
http://jp.vice.com/news/groomed-by-the-islamic-state

The Experience Machine

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/would-you-opt-for-a-life-with-no-pain-hayley-levitt-and-bethany-rickwald#watch

Questions

1. Which philosopher created the experience machine thought experiment?
2. According to Hedonism, what is the best thing in life?
3. Describe what happens when you use the experience machine
4. Can you think of any bad points about a machine that gives you constant pleasure?
5. Do you agree with the idea that pleasure is the greatest thing in life? If you don’t agree, why not?

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