Guest Author!

April 18, 2008 at 6:31 am (Uncategorized)

The admin of Crispy Quips has decided to contribute to Cosmic Essays! Hurrah!

A student at UC Davis with extensive knowledge about linguistics and cultures around the world, he here contributes two papers on Buddhism written in the course of his studies.

Of course, it is nearly midnight, I’ve had a long, long day and I’m going to go to bed before formatting them to post on Cosmic Essays, so I leave my readers in suspense once more! I will try to get to it tomorrow.



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I Feel I Should Explain Myself…

April 17, 2008 at 5:36 am (Uncategorized)

I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a long, long time. It’s not that I’m not writing anymore, but the classes I’m taking aren’t requiring as much in-depth research papers as were required in previous semesters. I do have small reports and other things, as well as compositions and skits in my French class that I may post later, so I’m not done with Cosmic Essays just yet! Stay tuned…

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In Plain English, Please

August 28, 2007 at 4:50 am (College Related, Lingusitics, Uncategorized)

In Plain English, Please:
A Guide to Language Change

English is taught as a concrete language with definite rules for spelling, pronunciation, and grammar. Deviations in the rules are punished in grade school with thick, dark, red lines to grab the attention of the student and say, “Wrong!” But what if it is the teachers that are wrong? What if the spelling that a child gives a word makes more sense than the standardized spelling? Who made the standard anyway? Why do we have rules, and why do they always seem to break themselves in English?

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The Director

August 18, 2007 at 3:15 am (Figures in History, Law Enforcement, Politics)

An essay I wrote in History about the Great and Powerful Hoover. A mastermind at contorting his public image, he managed to seize control of the FBI and hold more power than any other government or law-enforcement official before or after.

At the time of writing this, I was saving to my PC and to my thumb drive, so I’m not sure if this is my final draft or the one just before it, so if there are any mistakes, let me know.

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Global Warming, Chapter Eight

August 13, 2007 at 5:55 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Eight:
The Power is in the People

What can the individual do? Obviously, investing in renewable resources is not an option for the average citizen. However, there is many steps people can take to stop the destruction of global warming. Berger has a long list of actions consumers can take to stand up against global warming. Many of these are listed below:

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Global Warming, Chapter Seven

August 13, 2007 at 5:51 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Seven:
Are There Solutions to the Effects of Global Warming?

It is not too late to take action. The Kyoto protocol was a policy change that would have been a starting point for humans to begin to reverse the effects of the Industrial Revolution. Unfortunately, the US, one of the most polluting nations of the world, did not sign the treaty. The Bush administration parroted the same excuses the oil companies have been declaring for years: it is too expensive to regulate emissions; there is not enough evidence; the evidence is exaggerated; citizens would be the ones paying for this through their taxes. The skeptics want the world to close their eyes to the reality of the situation. Meanwhile, the problem grows.

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Global Warming, Chapter Six

August 13, 2007 at 5:49 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Six:
Why Should We Care?

Although there have been many different models and predictions about the future effects of global warming, scientists agree that the temperature is going to rise if nothing is done to curb emissions. The effects of this rise will be dolorous. The models have changed over the years and some have been reduced from over-exaggerated numbers, but this can be attributed to the development of better technologies. With these better technologies, it has been predicted that the earth’s temperature will rise between 2-4° F over the next hundred years. Fresh water stored in glaciers will no longer be available if the glaciers melt. Unpredictable weather will destroy agriculture all over the world. As part of a delicate ecosystem, animals will disappear from the globe forever.

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Global Warming, Chapter Five

August 13, 2007 at 5:43 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Five:
Evidence of Global Warming

Despite the arguments by the skeptics, there are studies that show that global warming is happening and that it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. The main supporting arguments come from studies of the weather and the thickness of Arctic sea ice. The average thickness of the ice sheets over the North Pole is dramatically thinner than thirty years ago. The cause of this is warmer sea water on which the ice sheets float.

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Global Warming, Chapter Four

August 13, 2007 at 5:39 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Four:
Holes in the Skeptic’s Arguments

It seemed that the skeptics had a point; however, McIntyre and McKitrick’s research has also been criticized for leaving out North American tree ring data from the calculations. According to Gavin Schmidt, a climate modeler for NASA, and Caspar Ammann, a climate scientist for the National Center for Atmospheric Researches, leaving North American tree ring data out greatly affects the outcome of the graph. McIntyre and McKitrick’s articles did not show that Mann’s math had been incorrect, but showed that when North American tree ring data was left out, a different graph emerged. The question therefore, was whether or not the data should have been left out. Schmidt and Ammann contend that the data should not have been left out because it changes the validation statistics of the data used (Schmidt and Ammann, 16th paragraph).

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Global Warming, Chapter Three

August 13, 2007 at 5:36 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Three:
The Skeptics Arguments

While the majority of climate scientists agree that the earth’s atmosphere is heating up and the heating is a result of human industrial impact, there are skeptics who try to disprove global warming. The skeptics of global warming do not believe that policy change regarding pollution is necessary. Some believe that climate change is a completely natural occurrence and that human industrial activity has nothing to do at all with the rise in the earth’s temperature. Others argue that although there may be a rise in temperature, it is being over-exaggerated by the advocates of policy change. Some argue that a warming in the Earth’s temperature will be beneficial to mankind.

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