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Reading The Dalai Lama 2

Reading The Dalai Lama 2

Value systems that the Dalai Lama sees as inadequate are advancing our scientific knowledge and technological power, as well as leaving what to do with this power should be left up to each individual. He writes how leaving out society while making ethical decisions about these matters would make it so that considerations for human welfare and ethics would be easily left out when regulating these scientific developments. He believes how it is crucial for us to critically think about what…

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Reading Pollan 2

Reading Pollan 2

Though many of the animals do a lot of the work in Polyface Farms’ natural system, the farmers do all of the heavy liftings. It can be easily seen that the animals do all of the work for the farmers instead of the other way around. This can be hard for the credit of the farmers. The animals are doing what is natural to them, which in turn helps the whole process. But every day from dawn until dusk the…

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Reading Pollan 1

Reading Pollan 1

Polyface Farm is so successful because they treat their animals more humanely than the “average” farm that is associated with the food industry today. On page 209 of “The Animals: Practicing Complexity”, Pollan explains how they treat their chickens. They have pens that are ten-by-twelve, two-foot-tall, and have grass areas behind them for the chickens to roam, eat, and fertilize the grass. After 24 hours the pens are moved so that they have fresh feeding ground and don’t have to…

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Reading Kingsolver

Reading Kingsolver

Oil is used in many different ways during food production. Each citizen consumes about 400 gallons of oil for agriculture, this is about 17% of the nation’s energy use. synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides use oils and natural gas along with their manufacturing. To get the seed to crop takes up a fifth of the oil. The actual distribution of each crop takes up the most amount of oil. Any piece of food in the U.S. may travel up to 1,500…

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Connecting Brandt and Gee

Connecting Brandt and Gee

According to Deborah Brandt, literacy sponsors are “any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy – and gain advantage by it in some way” (556). Sponsors are regularly defined as a person or organization that provides funds for a project or activity carried out by another. When applied to a literacy narrative standpoint, sponsors are the ones who support the author’s experience that they are going…

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Reading Alexander

Reading Alexander

 Kara Poe Alexander writes about a popular literacy narrative which she calls the “literacy success story”. This type of narrative typically shows the author facing literacy and, in turn, quite obviously, succeeding. Success seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Many students equate literacy with success, so it seems like the right topic to write about when assigned to write a literacy narrative. Within “Successes, Victims, and Prodigies: ‘Master’ and ‘Little’ Cultural Narratives in the Literacy…

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Alexander, Brandt, and Literacy Narratives

Alexander, Brandt, and Literacy Narratives

Throughout Alexander’s Success, Victims, and Prodigies, he writes about the many different cultural narratives and why certain ones are used the most. Though “success” was the most used one, I feel as though my literacy narrative falls under “hero”. At first I did not even look at the hero narrative, my narrative was not anything heroic, why would it fall under that category? At first glance of the topics, I thought that my narrative would be under “success”. But after finishing…

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Connecting Gee and Cuddy

Connecting Gee and Cuddy

Gee’s first theorem is very harsh. It says that you cannot just have your foot in the door of a Discourse, you must be fully in it. If you are not completely engulfed in the Discourse then you are not “fluent” in that area. When you fail to fully display the Discourse, you are essentially saying that you do not belong in that Discourse- you are a “pretender” at best. This theorem is very controversial in the sense of how…

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