City Tech, Fall 2016

Author: Duron Crichlow (Page 2 of 3)

Class Notes From 10/20

Group Discussions (The worksheet that was given on that day)

1a. (First Quote)

Bounty Hunters/Humans play a role in deciding who or what is live. They can only determine on killing the androids before they can join the humanization. It is based on perspectives.

1b. (Second Quote) (Not yet discussed)

The things we’ve¬†learned so far:

  • We have learned that future is not predicted
  • In the story there was a “Meta” Moment
  • The possibilities of imaginative stories
  • The fact that the andys would read fiction, they¬†would know¬†the enjoyment¬†of¬†fiction

 

That is all¬†the notes that I can give. I know that there is more than that, but there was so much¬†conversation going on and¬†it was too fast that I couldn’t keep up. At least I tried my best. That’s all there is to it.

 

Reasons #WhyIWrite

We were born humans and we came here to learn about who we are and what we do. But in order to that, we have to most importantly know how to read and especially write. The reasons #WhyIWrite is because of my knowledge. Whenever I write, it increases my mind of creating sentences every time I write either an essay, short answers, or DBQ (Document Based Questions). It also helps me with my spelling on a certain word that I never heard of. Not¬†only does it help me get my spelling, but it l also makes me¬†get used of knowing new vocabulary words. For example, whenever I start looking over new words, and I would write them in five to ten sentences, I would¬†then understand¬†them even more and it will make me¬†use them every time I do short answers or essays.¬†Another reason is the fact it’s a way of expressing myself. When I get angry or upset, I start writing about my problems, and when I start reading my problems, it then helps me calm my nerves because of thinking of the solutions of those problems.¬†The finally reason¬†#WhyIWrite is for the increase of how many details I should¬†put in my writing. When comes to essays, you must always think of new ideas and use them¬†into your advantage¬†as your details. It maybe a little tough for me, but it does help me increase the knowledge of my writing. Hence,¬†those are the reasons #WhyIWrite!

Well so far into this science fiction story, things just got a little interesting. After reading the last chapters of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” I have just seen that andys may have their chances of being like us humans. In due time, they may finally know what that certain word was and they’re putting it into good used. And that word is “empathy.” If we go back to chapter 11, you see that Garland said to Rick that he wasn’t sure if him and the rest of the androids don’t have a empathy within them, just like the humans. But, if the androids keep on digging inside of their robotic bodies, then they would show their real selves.

For example, there was a time when a certain female android that had felt that experience. In chapter 16, page 189, Rachael,¬†the female Pris¬†android, was along side with Rick and had asked him “You know what I have? Toward this Pris android?” And then Rick thought the answer to her question is “Empathy.” And then she told him “Something like that. Identification; there goes I. We are machines, stamped out like bottle caps. It’s an illusion that I-I personally-really exist; I’m just representative of a type.” This scene means that Rachael is having this weird feeling of becoming something or someone different, but she doesn’t want to believe it in herself. It goes to show that in this stage right now, you can always say that it is who they are in the inside and outside, but as we move along, that feeling my change and so as who the andys really are mostly on the inside.

So it is a good thing to always find out who is really a human or an android, but one thing that makes it really difficult is knowing what a human really is and what an android really is. After reading the other chapters in Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, it seems that we’ve been seeing events of how the people are trying to know which human is an actual android. They would either keep asking questions that only a real human can do and what an android cannot do when that question has been asked. But no matter what the case was of knowing who the android is, they can always point their finger at someone and say “Are you an android?” all the time.

For example, in chapter 9, page 110-111, there was a part when Rick, the bounty hunter, was arrested by a cop named Officer Crams for asking Luba Luft some questions which she thought were sexual. When Officer Crams was driving Rick to the new Hall of Justice, he demanded the¬†Officer to drive him to the Old Hall of Justice instead, but no matter what, the cop still¬†refuses. So as¬†he was not following Rick’s directions, he then said to him “Admit to me that you’re an android” (110). ¬†But then the cop said to Rick “Maybe you’re an android, with a false memory, like they give them” (111). This event shows even when you try to tell someone what you really want to do and they don’t do exactly what they want you to do, they’ll just keep on saying or claiming that they’re the androids with no evidence whatsoever. So in serious business, you can’t just claim to someone that they’re androids if they’re not following your directions, or if¬†they have “false memories” if you just remember something that is important.

Now if there was a way we can tell which is a human or an android, then a human must have one simple thing that all humans have. In Chapter 11, page 124, Rick has said to both Inspector Garland and Phil Resch that they don’t really support each whenever they have problems on their own. And the Garland said to Rick “I think you’re right; it would seem we lack a specific talent you humans possess. I believe it’s called empathy.” This shows that in order to tell the difference of what a human or an android really is, they would to know the word empathy. So how you determine to know who is the android is by knowing if they have any feelings. In other words, they would have to show emotions like any other humans would do.

Mankind: When will it be the end?

In reality, we human beings always focus on their own personal lives and been in peace into or world. But the only thing they should really be concern is “When will that peace be into an end?” After reading the text “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains,” by Ray Bradbury, there comes a time when the timelines and the house can be a symbol of something really important. What Bradbury is trying to show is when ever we move on to the future,¬†objects and living creatures must always come to an end.

Let’s go over a few things¬†of how¬†objects and living creatures¬†ceased to exist. There was a part when it was “Twelve noon” and it explains about the dog being lonely and hungry. How can we tell that the dog was hungry? That was¬†when the text had said that there was¬†a stove that¬†was making¬†flapjacks¬†and it was filling the house with a¬†delicious baked¬†smell with a good hint¬†of maple syrup. When that happened, “The dog frothed at the mouth, lying at the door, sniffing, its eyes turned to fire. It ran wildly in circles, biting at its tail, spun in a frenzy, and died. It lay in the parlor for an hour” (2). This quote proves that dog didn’t have any food at all because no one was out there to feed him.¬†Not even the dog’s owner was there to feed him. Our guess, as readers, for the reason why the owner wasn’t there was because that owner no longer exist.

Another part was when it was Nine-five, there was a female voice that said that she would like to read a poem at random. As she read the poem, “Sara Teasdale,” there was a certain quote that she read was important, and that quote was “Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn Would scarcely know that we were gone” (3). That quote shows us that no matter what happens in the future, mankind can’t always survive forever. Their lives would have no choice but to always disappear. That’s why in pages 3-4, it shows the fire that came from a house causing chaos around the people and making the people screaming “Fire! Fire!”

So after going through the things we seen that was part of the text, these types of evidence shows that they’re a symbol of the end of the world. There maybe in a certain year that mankind would cease to exist in this world. It would be like waiting for the moment when the trigger gets pressed. And when I say “trigger,” I mean when the time has come for the world to come to an end.

God: Existence or Non-Existence

The way how things are in life, some people may believe in God, though some people don’t. After reading Chapter 17 in “Brave New World,” this chapter talks about how they view on who God is and what he does. People may believe onto the things that God has done for humanity, but they would mostly believe in the top famous¬†humans more than God.

Let’s started off on how God is suppose to be. It started when Mustapha Mond was reading a book to the Savage about the happiness of God. The quote that¬†was most important about God was when Mustapha read “We¬†are not our own any more than what we possess¬†is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters. We are God’s property” (208). This shows that people¬†who are at the top ranks¬†can’t be the¬†true leaders. This quote is saying that we are the children of God. When he read the book to Savage, he asked Mustapha about why people don’t think that there is no God. Then he said to him “But he manifests himself in different ways to different men. In premodern times, he manifested himself as the being that’s described in these books” (210). Mustapha also told Savage that “He manifests himself as an absence; as though he weren’t there at all” (210). These quotes show that in certain times, citizens would think of God as not a real person. Meaning that they think that God doesn’t exist.

For this matter, we readers can related that in real life. The way how people would believe in God is because of religion. In the ways of religion, you¬†would mostly see Christianity¬†give praise to God. How they would do that is when they would¬†go to Churches. They would have Books of Hymns, a choir to sing about God and the pastor. Also, people would say that God was the one who created mankind. Unfortunately, for¬†those who don’t believe in God would that it was science that created mankind.¬†They would say that¬†it was because of¬†evolution of a monkey turning¬†into a human. So¬†whether people believe in¬†God or not is their choice.

So seeing the things we’ve gone over, it’s a saying that people have their own opinions. Some may say that God is a fact, while others say that that they would disagree with that statement. Now the real question is, “Do you think that God exist or not?”

The Rising of the Plot

As things have been going on in “Brave New World,” the plot has now been increasing. The director has now been talking about “The hive of Industry” (136). He’s been explaining¬† how bad the creation of children can be and how it’s future can be bad for the society. There was a certain text the society and it was “From the Social Predestination Room the escalators went rumbling down into the basement, and there, in the crimson darkness, stewing warm on their cushion of peritoneum and gorged with blood surrogate and hormones, the fetuses grew and grew or, poisoned languished into a stunted Epsilonhood” (136). This is saying that as the creation of the children grows, they’re saying that they can become a problem to the society.

Also, there was¬†this time when we see John again when Linda was attacking Tomakin, aka The Director. As John arrived, he went to the director and he said “My Father” (140). We may not know if that’s his genetic father or an adopted father, but all we can know is that there could be some major problems between John and the Director. Maybe in the future of the book, John and the Director maybe working together to keep on disrespecting the people and the way how humanity was created.

The Aura That Is Within The Characters

Just as when you thought things cannot go wrong as you’re continuing to read a story like “Brave New World”, it turns out that things just got deep. If there’s one thing that makes a story go deep, it’s the character itself. After reading Chapter 6, the mood of each character shows their inner aura. One character¬†that has¬†a really dark aura around him, while the other character has an aura that may contain darkness and it¬†may continue to grow. These two characters are the Director and Bernard. So the question is, how can we tell that these two characters have those kind of auras?

Let’s start off with the Director. The way¬†how you would see him after reading his quotes in chapter 6, you probably see him as an antagonist in the story. For example, he knows the idea of Bernard’s, which was “to have a look at the savages” (94). And then he starts talking to Bernard a sad and¬†dark story¬†about a girl he was with back in New Mexico for his summer holiday. After he told the story, the Director then “Started into a guilty realization of where he was; shot a glance at Bernard, and averting his eyes, blushed darkly; looked at him with sudden suspicion and, angrily on his dignity” (95). These¬†types of actions definitely shows that he is a psychopath and only a villain can do these kinds of performance.

And as for Bernard, he would have to be a confused boy who thinks that having hatred to the people¬†and only believing himself¬†is a way of happiness. For example, during the time when¬†he was talking to Lenina, he started “stopping¬† his propeller and hovering on his helicopter screws within a hundred feet of the waves” (89). In which case, it made the weather go even worse and darker. After he turned off the current, he said to her “It makes me feel as though I were more me, if you see what I mean. More on my own, not so completely a part of something else. Not just a cell in the social body” (90). As¬†we see¬†what Bernard did and how he felt about it, this shows that he would need to quickly learn that believing only yourself is not the true answer and he can have the chance to change the aura that he has right now, or else he’ll probably end up like the Director.

Through the things we readers see into these characters right now, their auras are determined of the path they choose. As the Director had made his chose of his aura, he will stick with it permanently. But the question for Bernard, however, is “Will he change his aura, or will he never change it forever?”

Things I Had Learned So Far in “A Brave New World” (Chapters 1-5)

After reading the chapters 1 through 5, this story is actually getting interesting. When I started reading the book, it felt like that this story is about life. It looked like the story is saying that no matter what happens when things go good or bad, it’s just how life is. For example, the story tells us about how some students can’t read or write. They showed us a certain part with a small boy, whose name is Tommy,¬†and a person had told him about which is the longest river in Africa in a softly voice. Until the next day, someone had asked Tommy “Which is the longest river in Africa?” (page 33) At first, Tommy didn’t know what the was and the person who asked him that question tried to give him a hint by saying to him “But don’t you remember something that begins: The Nile is the….”(page 33) And then Tommy started saying very slowly “The – Nile – is – the – longest – river – in – Africa – and – the – second – in – length – of – all – the – rivers – of – the – globe…..” (page 33-34). After that, the person asked him again what it longest river was, and this time he started crying while saying I don’t know! From the looks of things, that is a sign of a kid getting dyslexia, and if your child is born that way, then that’s how life is.

Another example is when the story tells us¬†about family members like mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. But there’s of course husbands, wives and lovers. The story describes them of how they say that they love each other so much. For example, they talk about how the mother treats her baby by saying “My love, my one and only, precious, precious….” (page 47) The way how she says it, she would be saying with the passion and her emphasis. But the¬†one thing how the story really¬†describes¬†the mother and the baby is when they quote “Manically, the mother brooded over her children like a cat over its kittens; but a cat that could talk, a cat that could say, ‘My baby, my baby,’ over and over again.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (page 43) This goes to show that in life, when in parenthood life, a mother’s gotta do what a mother’s gotta do for her children.

Thoughts on Metropolis

After watching the movie “Metropolis, I thought that it was quite interesting. The way how they still show the difference between the poor and the rich, but that’s not what its all about for sure. I liked the part when Freder, Joh Freder’s son, was able to make the decision on his own. When he saw the girl who was taking care of the poor children, whose name is Maria, and how he discovered about the workers working around the machine in the Depths of the city, it changed into a different person from who he was. How does he show that he changed? It was when he went back to the Depths and he saw a worker working with 2 arms and had to used them to point onto the two lightbulbs when they glow. Freder then told the worker that he would like to take his place and let him be free.

Another thing that I thought was interesting was when Rotwang, a mad¬†scientist¬†¬†who was¬†obsess with his dead woman named Hel, who was also Freder’s mother, kidnapped Maria and made a copy of Maria by using his creation Machine Man and his analysis pod that is used to analyze the¬†body and have it transferred¬†into a robot. The reason why I find it interesting is because the movie also tells us about¬†an insane¬†woman Babylon The Great, who was the mother of abominations of the Earth. So, the way how the movie is saying about the copy of Maria is that she symbolizes Babylon The Great. To show how her actions made chaos to the city is when she was ordered by Joh Freder to go to the workers secret catacombs and to¬†make sure that their rebellion¬†ends. As she arrived their, she¬†started¬†telling¬†everyone to stop waiting and to cause destruction of the¬†machines. She’s¬†told everyone to rebel¬†by using violence. And¬†it¬†actually worked onto these guys. Just as they¬†arrived at the Depths¬†of the city, she¬†got the rest of the¬†workers to join into her side and made the people¬†destroy the heart of the machine. The result of that was that it made¬†the¬†poor city flooded.

But the most important thing that I liked about¬†the movie was a certain quote. And that quote is “The mediator between head and hands must be the heart.” What that quote means to me is that¬†no matter what kind of challenges lies forward in their life, they will always have god in their hearts. Meaning god will always be in their side and will always support you. Overall to say, I liked the movie and I may tell some people, even my parents to watch it.

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