Casey Hicks

Random Lake, WI, United States

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Casey Hicks
Posted almost 3 years ago
What are the arguments for and against philosophy in high school?
I'm a high school senior taking my second college level philosophy class while still in high school. I became interested in philosophy around my freshman year and my sophomore year took an independent study in the subject. I would say it should be a must for high schools, not only because of the knowledge it teaches in morals, metaphysics, and so on but because of it's argument skills. I see too many of my class mates writing weak papers or making weak arguments when we have debates or discussion groups in classes. Their arguments are full of fallacies, always begging the question, ad ignoratum, ad hominem, red herring, and simple mistakes of form. So high school students often have weak argument making skills and when they have to write their first college paper it doesn't go very well. If high school had philosophy as part of the curriculum things would be much better off.
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Casey Hicks
Posted about 3 years ago
Is the general population of the west turning a blind eye to the actions they have unknowingly participated in in destabilizing the mideast?
After reading the book A World Without Islam by Graham Fuller, I feel that the west as a whole just needs to completely leave the middle east alone. We need to just let the middle east "scab" that we've created heal, we continuously pick at the middle east and involve ourselves in their affairs. The more we involve ourselves the more reason fundamentalists find to fight the west. Out stabilization process continues to actually destabilize. All of the events that have taken place, the Islamic revolution in Iran, the rise of Saddam Hussein, the rise of Osama bin Laden, all are repercussions of western involvement. I don't know about other country's citizens but the general population of the US is just not aware of anything. We are not turning a blind eye to it, it's a process of disinformation and distraction. Even if it's not intentional, the media has taken the public's attention away from any real affairs. Watch CNN, NBC, or FOX, there is almost nothing said about what's happening in other countries. CNN only had one article on the Palestinian hunger strikes, for example when there was a wealth of information to be had if you read The Electronic Intifada or even Al Jazeera. My high school history books never mention anything about Patrice Lumumba and only briefly talk about Mohammed Mossadegh, and when they do they paint him as a communist.