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  1. I thought I knew everything there was to know about IB ... but I have never even heard of this course before .
  2. Several questions: How hard is it to get a 7 on IB Philosophy? Will reading summaries - e.g. Sparknotes - be sufficient for Paper 2? How are the essays graded? I know that each essay is out of 30 points. But how do the graders determine how many points you get? Do you get a point for each name you drop? Do you also get "quality of construction" marks? Where can I find a markscheme?
  3. What does Criterion A mean on the Internal assessment criteria? It says "This criterion addresses appropriate use of mathematical symbols (for example, use of '≈' instead of '=' and proper vector notation." Hold that thought right there: is IB saying that I must use the squiggly equals sign? I thought that sign was only used when you have an approximate value! What's the deal? Or is IB saying that you should use the squiggly equals sign instead of the regular equals sign in the appropriate contexts - e.g. 3.14 ≈ pi versus 3.14 = pi?
  4. 1) Wikipedia 2) Facebook 3) Quizlet 4) Great teachers 5) Supportive parents 6) Luck
  5. Where did you learn how to write - as in stylistically? I'm not talking about the ability to put pen on paper and form letters . I can never recall one time in school when a teacher showed me how to write. I sort of developed my writing style from the various books, magazines, and websites I read. Did you ever have a teacher teach you how to write? Or are you like me - your writing style is a conglomeration of disparate styles ?
  6. I'm sure many people on this board have predilections for classical music, as I do ! So - I'm caught in a bit of a rut right now. I've listened to my standard classical repetoire so many times as to find Mozart trite ! I've already listened to Mozart's clarinet concerto K.662 so many times that I could probably pickup a clarinet right now and start playing the piece, even though I have never touched a clarinet before. Don't even bring up his various piano sonatas, or his sublime Piano Concerto No. 26, or his various flute concertos - my ears have heard them too many times. And my problem isn'
  7. I heard about Rawls, and here is my understanding of Rawls: 1) Our decisions are truly just when we make them under a "Veil of Ignorance" - we don't know anything about ourselves or others. 2) Justice should be distributive. Since you perhaps have a better understanding of Rawls than I do, are the above points correct? I'll make sure to check out his epochal work as well.
  8. I need a philosopher whose position is antipodal to that of Mill's in terms of civil liberties. Mill stood for individual liberty. In essence, Mill argued that the state had no right to restrict one's freedom UNLESS the individual's actions threatened to harm others. If you want to drink 5 gallons of beer a day, go ahead - just don't step foot in a car. If you want to smoke 20 packs a day, go ahead - just don't smoke near anybody else. Is there a philosopher who argued that the state has every right to intervene if the individual threatens to harm himself? Thanks!
  9. I admire Ron Paul for being consistent over his years as a politician. I might not agree with all his views, but he's definitely a dose of fresh air compared to the other candidates. I like how Herman Cain's in the middle while Santorum and Paul are arguing about foreign policy. I can imagine how Cain feels - holy crap don't ask me about foreign policy ... thank God Santorum decided to open his big mouth and interrupt a question directed at me ... . I dont see anything wrong with his debating skills. I see him as intelligent, well read and pragmatic. You must excuse his 'debating skills' if t
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