Archive for July, 2008

The Emptiness of Promiscuity and Addiction

July 21, 2008

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway grants the reading world a smooth flowing unification of various modern, in fact timeless, concepts of human life. Hemmingway’s semi-autobiographical representations of life as part of the “Lost Generation” seem to ring as true today as they must have then (CliffNotes). This is certainly one of the characteristics common to all of the great literary works of the world: long-standing relevance to central life issues. With a cynical air throughout and lonely breezes of insatiability – both of a sexual nature and concerning personal integrity – the book has come to represent all humans at one point or another in the course of their lives. This document will explore some of the ambiguities and ironies that exist within the pages of this important work, and how it tends to place all of those who read it in touch with the shallower, less predictable side of their psyches….

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The Dichotomy of Estrogen

July 16, 2008

Hormone replacement therapy has attracted a lot of attention over the past few years. A combination of progestin and estrogen therapy was believed to reduce dementia and stroke, and other risks associated with aging such as heart attacks.  A 2002 report on preliminary outcomes from the Women’s Health Initiative changed this belief (Fletcher and Colditz). This report included data from 16,000 post-menopausal women collected at various sites throughout the US.  The authors concluded that hormone combination therapy increased the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and blood clots and had numerous ramifications in the medical community.  Estrogen therapy alone continued to be studied, but was also found to carry significant risks to health including increased risk of dementia and stroke (Anderson et al.).  The biological  mechanisms behind these finding are still unclear, however there is some evidence that estrogen has varying effects across the lifespan in females….

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Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts

The word “manuscript” can be literally translated as written by hand.  Books which were written or transcribed by hand were produced between the 5th and 15th centuries, dates determined by the limits of bibliographic technology.  The earliest manuscripts developed with the transition from the scroll to the rectangular book form, around the 5th century CE.  The decline of handwritten books occurred with the development of printing, around the 1440s, which coincided historically with the end of the medieval period.

Maritime subjects and images existed throughout the span of manuscript production, though the specific topics were dependent upon the nature of the illuminated work in which the images were found.   During the first centuries of manuscript production, books were created by and for religious groups: monasteries, churches, etc.   …

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Claude-Oscar Monet

July 16, 2008

Monet impressionism genre and technique was based on the major themes of 18th century which were naturalism tendencies emphasized with empiricism and the unity of culture, the comprehension of nature.
Impressionism era strengthened the morality of artist in conviction that objectivity to reality was extended by pervasive impact of social and personal circumstances on perception of this reality and precise text interpretation was grasped only in the end of 19th century. The verbal explanations of art tendencies started on from 18th century socio-emotional situation define the choice of genres and techniques boundaries.

Nostalgia for Nature dictated the emotional influence on artist’s personality to look for outdoors beauty while tendency contradiction was settling indoors so as modern beauty was mainly found in the house. A further advantage of being a studio artist made Monet easier to meditate indoors than outdoors: so the studio atmosphere helped Monet to invent a progressive kind of landscape picture. …

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Death Penalty

For many years death penalty has been one of the most controversial topics not only in United States, but all over the world. People and different organizations have been arguing on this topic for a very long time. So now there are two main positions on the question. First one is that death penalty should be used in order to punish the killers. Another position is that there are other ways of punishing, and that we have no right to use corporal punishment.

The roots of the death penalty in America have come with the first settlers, from Great Britain. As statistics show, the rise of the use of the corporal punishment was during seventeenth – nineteenth centuries, but then it declined. Since 1990’s the rate of executions rises again. (Death Penalty Information Center)…

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