It’s time for me to write another essay regarding what I studied in my Literature Course. Read more
The time has come for me to write another quick essay on science. Recently I have been looking at specific clades of mammals like Monotremes, Marsupials, and Primates. I have enjoyed this section, probably because there are animals involved, but I digress. My assignment today has to do with one specific attribute that these creatures seem to have an advantage in. The question today is: “What does it mean to say a creature is ‘intelligent?'”
Now this has been a highly discussed topic, since scientists are still looking for a creatures with human like intelligence. Let’s start from a very basic standpoint. The dictionary definition of intelligence is: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Even though this applies mostly to humans, there are some creatures that do posses the ability to gain skills. The best example known to man is the Primate Order. These creatures have been known to not only use tools, but to shape them in ways that would help them achieve an instinctive goal. For example, of they wanted to get some insects from an ant hole, they would get a stick and break off any branches that would prevent it from entering the hole. It’s rather impressive for a non-human being.
On Wikipedia, there are other connotations to the word Intelligence that broaden the range of creatures with intelligence. Elephants have self-awareness and occasionally will display emotion toward the dead or dying, so they could be considered intelligent as well. Despite the fact that it is intriguing to find these attributes in animals, no animal can have half the intelligence that can be retained by the human brain.
For the past few days, my literature course has turned my attention to a new area of literature, namely old hymns that where written around 700-1000 A.D. for the churches of that era. Read more
It has been a while since I wrote an essay, but I am back. I return from having studied a few works by Augustine, a man whom I have read about before writing the previous English essay. Read more
So, for the past couple weeks, my science course has moved on to another Phylum, or group of species, within the Animal Kingdom known as Arthropods. Read more
For the past few lessons, I have been looking at some accounts of people who became martyrs for their beliefs during the reign of the Roman Empire. Read more
Today, I return with another science essay. Finally, I have moved on from plants and fungi to a whole new field of living creatures. Read more
For the past few days, I have been studying another ancient work, this time from about 100 to 165 AD. It is a work called First Apology, by Justin the martyr, and believe me when I say it is no apology. Read more
Today I have officially completed my studies of the New Testament, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. Read more
This week (meaning set of lessons) I have been looking at the epistles of the Apostle Paul, and studying them from a hierarchical standpoint. Read more