Essays by alexandrosfp
Knowledge was emancipated from prejudice in Renaissance and in Enlightenment and has been the driving force of our evolution everOctober 30th, 2013
Knowledge was emancipated from prejudice in Renaissance and in Enlightenment and has been the driving force of our evolution ever since. Scientific advancement in various fields is the result of the unprejudiced knowledge, and the unbounded dissemination of it. Education of all levels lies in the heart of knowledge, and, hence, in the heart of our evolution. Therefore, free and unrestricted access to college education is essential for our evolution and survival.
Nations are, in some sense, a combination of large city centers, smaller towns and large peripheries with low population. InOctober 30th, 2013
Nations are, in some sense, a combination of large city centers, smaller towns and large peripheries with low population. In Greece, for example, the three major cities, Athens, Thessaloniki, and Patras, accommodate almost the half of the total population, and the remaining of the permanent residents are scattered throughout the entire territory. It is unacceptable, therefore, to exclude this periphery from the government budget.
What can technological evolution offer to man? Technology can provide disease cures, knowledge, productivity, and, in that sense, it hasOctober 30th, 2013
What can technological evolution offer to man? Technology can provide disease cures, knowledge, productivity, and, in that sense, it has been the vital component of human evolution. In would be, therefore, unfair to bestow to technology the main objective of increasing leisure time. Although, incremental improvements in productivity, over the last century, have led to reduced working hours, that does not imply that this should the ultimate goal of innovation; yet, leisure is actually a benefit - one of may - of technology.
Being strong and independent is a deep philosophical issue. Being strong and independent certainly does not imply physical strength. Similarly,October 29th, 2013
Being strong and independent is a deep philosophical issue. Being strong and independent certainly does not imply physical strength. Similarly, this concept does not imply independence from one's cell phone or Ferrari. The idea underlying strength and independence is most outstanding and cannot be depicted in the lack of amenities.
The arguer aims to identify the reason why more people we left homeless in East Sacunda than in West SacundaOctober 29th, 2013
The arguer aims to identify the reason why more people we left homeless in East Sacunda than in West Sacunda in the wake of a recent earthquake. Beginning with the regulatory reform of 1985 with respect to building codes, he concludes that larger house destruction in E. Sacunda is attributed to limited implementation of the 1985 codes. The arguer's ratiocination seems fair at a glance, but a closer look unveils the flaws of the arguments as well as the missing connecting parts.
One of the most important asset of a nation is its education system. Education is the mean to achieve socialOctober 29th, 2013
One of the most important asset of a nation is its education system. Education is the mean to achieve social cohesion, coherence and prosperity as well as the moving force of technological advancement. In that sense most of the world's nations, if not all, have adopted a scheme according to which, prior to college all students are subject to identical cirriculums and I could not agree more. Some of the advantages are the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge in various fields; interacting with more than one subjects. On the other hand, those who admonish this educational model stress the importance of gaining expertise in particular subjects from a younger age than that of college.
After reading carefully your memorandum I would like to make some remarks in order for us to adequately identify ourOctober 29th, 2013
After reading carefully your memorandum I would like to make some remarks in order for us to adequately identify our audience and subsequently meet their needs and increase our publicity revenues. Knowing in more detail how our audience is structured in terms of location, age and education we will accordingly prepare our late news in order to entice not only them but also businesses willing to advertise their products and targeting to groups matcing our our viewers. To that end, we need to find more evidence in order to be sure wheter this shift in the late news content will be to our best interest.
Human is only a fraction of the earth’s enormous, and fascinating biodiversity. Yet, man has vastly eroded his habitat, andOctober 25th, 2013
Human is only a fraction of the earth's enormous, and fascinating biodiversity. Yet, man has vastly eroded his habitat, and this erosion is a boomerang threatening man's very existence. Over the last decades we have failed to raise adequate awareness with respect to environmental causes. Perhaps it is time to reorientate our focus in creating a more powerful bond between human and his natural habitat.
Competition prevails many aspects of mankind, from sports to research and innovation. Is competition beneficiary to society? Or it bearsOctober 25th, 2013
Competition prevails many aspects of mankind, from sports to research and innovation. Is competition beneficiary to society? Or it bears more maledictions than blessings? Apparently, since the society that incorporates competition has evolved, since it has survived many challenges, and it is becoming better and better; competition is a benediction for our society.
Why Pablo Picasso is regarded a great figure? From what derives his greatness? Could Picasso’s contemporaries perceive the greatness thatOctober 24th, 2013
Why Pablo Picasso is regarded a great figure? From what derives his greatness? Could Picasso's contemporaries perceive the greatness that we currently find in his works? We may find greatness in many parts of our history, almost everywhere. That is exactly the point; we can find greatness, but we have to look in the history.
What a university must offer in addition to teoretical knowledge? Perhaps more real life, professional related knoledge. In that sense,October 24th, 2013
What a university must offer in addition to teoretical knowledge? Perhaps more real life, professional related knoledge. In that sense, is it absolutely necessary for a member of the faculty to be required to bear the respective professional experience? Fulfilling academic duties constitute an already heavy workload that does not permit any involvement to further professional activities other than these at the the university. Moreover, experience can be gained outside the university in the professional arena.
Paul Krugman is a celebrated economist who has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal and the Nobel. The latterOctober 23rd, 2013
Paul Krugman is a celebrated economist who has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal and the Nobel. The latter is awarded by the Swedish Academy. The former is awarded by the American Economic Association to the American economist, under the age of 40 who has distinctivly contrubuted to economics and many compare it with the Nobel. So both awards are rather prestigeous along with many more awards in various scientific areas. Is this kind of recognition becoming adverse? Do they nurture obsessions to win a mere award instead of pation for advancing science? Perhaps one becomes obsessive distinctions. Yet, momentus rewards are exclussively bestowed to those who lead their science one step farther.
Clormium-5October 23rd, 2013
The editor of the health magazine argues about the necessity to substitute bottled-water for common public water sources. The author's primary concern is the presence of clormium 5 in common water supplies, a substancethat is alleged to account for certain allergies and certain skin diseases when exposed to high temperatures. Afer reading the argument, one can conclude that the ratiocination is actually self-refuting! Not only the editorial is unconvincing but it also irrationable.
Eyeing the upcoming mayoral elections, the arguer attempts to convince the editor for the suitability of candidate Green against candidateOctober 23rd, 2013
Eyeing the upcoming mayoral elections, the arguer attempts to convince the editor for the suitability of candidate Green against candidate Braun and he founds this argument on environmental reasons. At a glance, the arguers ratiocination seems fair, but a closer look unveils important missing details the non-inclusion of which raises questions about the author's true motives.
The editor argues about a new equipment that determines stroke risk in early stages, about its importance in avoiding theOctober 22nd, 2013
The editor argues about a new equipment that determines stroke risk in early stages, about its importance in avoiding the occurrence of strokes, and in reducing medical costs. After explaining the exact function of that state of the art machine, he recommends that all pharmacies acquire it, a fact that will lead to an early recognition of stroke risk which, in turn, will reduce the health costs since the chances of preventing the stroke become higher. At a glance, the ratiocination seems fair, but a closer look unveils the important missing facts that would prevent the reader from agreeing with this argument.
Euripides, an ancient Greek writer, wrote about Helene in an attempt to draw attention to the crucial difference between beingOctober 22nd, 2013
Euripides, an ancient Greek writer, wrote about Helene in an attempt to draw attention to the crucial difference between being and appearing to be. Some thousand years later, we are not questioning that difference but we may surprisingly find out that "appearing to be" is more important and decisive than what someone really is.
Does regulation limiting new building construction affects housing prices? The arguer deems that if the growth of newly built buildingsOctober 22nd, 2013
Does regulation limiting new building construction affects housing prices? The arguer deems that if the growth of newly built buildings is limited by law, the acceleration of housing prices will not be subdued. To support his arguments, he compares two cities one with enacted regulation limiting new building with another similar one with no such laws, and both experience pretty much the same housing price acclivity. The ratiocination initially appears to be indisputable, but a closer look reveals important flaws.
Mistrusted experts…October 22nd, 2013
What is an expert? Who can be an expert? Being an expert in a subject bears the conditio si ne qua non that one is not only familiar with that respective subject but also experienced with it. This allows for two conclusions. Firstly, a specialist in a field is the only one, along with his colleagues, who can efficiently argue for the various aspects of his field because he is most familiar with. Secondly, since a specialist in a matter has consumed and great amount of time and energy to become erudite in his area, he has acquired the ability to assist out-of-his-area people to understand his point. But, one might doubt the bona fides of an expert's presented views...
Snoring and food consumptionOctober 21st, 2013
Snoring disturbs sleeping; the lack of sleep causes fatigue; fatigue prevents from exercising; lack of exercising necessitates reduction of daily food consumption. That was an outline of a ratiocination that one could most probably fail to follow. Essential information was not disclosed as far as the study mentioned is concerned, along with the frequency of a snoring-related problem. Moreover, the conclusive suggestion is preposterous the least.
With a stone you can either build or kill. With a knife you may hunt for food but you mayOctober 20th, 2013
With a stone you can either build or kill. With a knife you may hunt for food but you may as well kill. Can research be like a rock or like a knife? Remedies for illnesses and vaccines have been attributed to research activities in addition to many other medical related inventions. It accounts for technology and innovation; two broader yet momentous concepts.
Absenteeism in work.October 20th, 2013
When I read the recommendation of our HR department my head was indulged by questions. That is to say that many aspects of this report require additional information. It is vital to proceed to such a plan only if we know the real extent of the absenteeism, as well as the real means that Bridgwell used in order to subdue that problem. Moreover, the relationship between the productivity and absences has to be asserted. If such correlation proves to be correct, we will have to examine the cost-effectiveness of the recommended project.
Losing a job: How probable? What next?October 19th, 2013
How easily can we draw conclusion covering a rather wide area? Perhaps an area wider than the available data or the evidence that we have. In that sense, the claim that it is less likely for employees to lose their job in large US firms, when based in vague studies or researches, is actually unsubstantiated. Especially, if no further information are made available about the study, such as the publisher or the researcher. In the end, what counts is not only the intentions of the employers but also these of your colleagues...
Personal intellectual pursuits of general public good?October 19th, 2013
"The road to hell is built by good intentions". Is it that really true? Any person would argue that mankind must work for a better future, but this "better future" or the "common welfare" are all rather vague concepts. Apparently, what is implied is that each individual with his own means and strengths should focus in making our lives better. In other words, one has to decide for his own path and progress in public good will be achieved collegially.
When a leader steps down?October 18th, 2013
Would you ever alter a winning team? How often the leader of any successful group needs to be substituted for another with fresh ideas and different perspectives? While replacing an inept manager goes without saying, asking from a successful one to give his place is much more complicated. The world around is is rapidly evolving and a new guider provides his team with innovative ideas and fresh perspectives. However, the timing of any such change is not predetermined nor can be specified in detail.