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  1. Daedalus

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    Nah, Oxford is notoriously inferior to Cambridge. It also spits out ex-Etonian politicians <content deleted for being inappropriate> By all means apply to Cambridge, though. With a great IB prediction; a good personal statement (& explanation for the GCSEs); and sparkling reference, you should do fine. Cambridge also interviews a higher proportion of their students (ie trusts grades less). Merry mistchras!
  2. Two disturbing trends. The mental illness thing: it's an analogy that is absolutely inappropriate. It's like me saying religion is a disorder (except one which, unlike homosexuality, does not manifest in our evolutionary predecessors, nor other animals for that matter...). And anyways: guys, how does religion come into this? Since when has religion been a factor when it comes to human rights? Separation of the church and state, kids. No one religion can have precedence over others when it comes to the establishment of law. And if you want to use the Bible to back up your homophobia, you better take the Bible as it is. Ever read the Old Testament? I seriously doubt that there are any more misogynistic texts widely read today. Adultery, in the Bible, is punishable by stoning. Disobeying your parents is punishable by stoning. Losing your virginity before you're married is punishable by stoning. Everyone must get stoned! Which is a message you can find in the Koran too, of course; I'm not discriminating. But I'd rather have you be hypocrites and ignore all the fiddly bits in your Holy Books--the ones that don't quite fit with 21st century views of morality and equality--than use them to justify ignorant prejudices. PS. Anyone for banning marine18? @marine18: stop copy and pasting your material (it doesn't quite qualify as productive use of technology); try not to cite contradictory statistics in a single post (what, according to your ridiculously titled "heterosexual rights" organisation (as if destroying someone else's rights qualifies as your own) is the real % of homosexuals in the population?); and try not to use outdated and discredited studies. PPS (hey, that's a subject!). Please let's just ban that thing? How the hell do you pass down a "hormonal imbalance" which causes homosexuality (which (as you actually point out) is a slight impediment to the survival of one's genes) down generations? PPPS (I know, I know). In the spirit of IB and liberalism and acceptance and predicting future trends and world peace and stuff ... let's lump homophobia with racism and anti-Semitism and the whole Nazi brew and just ban him. Peace.
  3. This is probably awkward and horribly complex to code (what do i know?) but it would be quite awesome if we had live searches in the facebook sense -- type something in the search bar and have a couple of results spat out instantly, as if from a drop-down list or something. PS - links on the profile feed pages, when long enough to (apparently) require a "..." don't work, in my Chrome browser and Mac 10.7; the actual "..." gets rendered in the url when opened.
  4. Spanish was my fourth language when I took the ab initio course in 1 year, with no previous experience. I mean, regulations are lax, you can probably get away with it. But do you really need to, after four years??? Ab Initio is a joke.
  5. No, it doesn't work that way. There are so many statistics to think about ... for example, ratio of students who receive places to students applying. You can reasonably expect this to be around 5% in an Ivy League uni (I think), 8% vs. 5% doesn't make much of a difference. And then there's also the general academic standard for applying; at Oxbridge pretty much everyone will have A*AA or 40+ IB points, but averages vary within courses. You could have higher admissions rates AND a higher standard of applicants. And you have to remember all the other stuff that comes into play like extra-curriculars, etc. Basically you should not expect to get into a uni easy. Work hard for an Ivy League, slack off for a normal uni, really slack off for no uni at all. It's pretty straightforward.
  6. Time to take the red pill -- Take me out, G. Oh, by the way, some of my posts might be worth keeping..
  7. Talk about how we can know whether an aspect of personality like sexual orientation is determined by external or internal factors (you can bring in: nature vs nurture; determinism, free will, etc.). It's sort of looking at ignorance as well, and generally (largely implicitly, I would imagine) being sappy (not that I'm recommending anything else!) about accepting difference and co-existing and stuff, and looking at how knowledge can change the world, how ignorance ("knowledge" minus justification for example) can damage it, like kids getting their gayness "beaten out of them" (or not). How what we general agree to be "accepted" can change over time, how social and cultural attitudes override facts, how empirical evidence takes a *long* time to overcome cultural bias. Stuff like that. It's a really cool topic actually, looking at it from more scientific perspectives, like how did it persist in evolution, why do giraffes have 90% homosexual sex, stuff like that. But the key is to concentrate on making it as TOKish as possible. I'm more or less completely ignorant when it comes to making things TOKish (I slipped by with a basic understanding of the frameworks of philosophy). Then again - this is becoming a habit - I'm fairly drunk, so you can also disregard all of the above if you want.
  8. Who the hell is Lars Breivik? I hope u dont mean Anders Breivik, the guy who committed mass murder in Norway...
  9. That's just like the law of life. Name one person in the world who was successful - instantly. Queen of England, basically. JK Rowling, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, any number of philosophers, scientists, writers, poets, painters, inventors -- everybody who was ever successful endured failure first. It's just that for most people, failure is a permanent state.
  10. I don't think absolute moral judgments in this context are justifiable. On the other hand, if you think of a functioning society and what it enables the individual to do, there's an argument to be made for compromising various liberties for the collective good. And any society without a fundamental law against murder would be deeply dysfunctional. This is a good way to look at religions too; for example, part of the reason that Christianity and Islam are such major worldwide religions is that they both have taboos on both murder and suicide.
  11. It depends, mostly, on the extent. Extremely extroverted people are - in my experience - dependent on constant social interactions for their self-esteem. They're less emotionally stable and possibly poorer at problem-solving and other intellectual skills that require no social sense. Extremely introverted people, on the other hand, are just awkward and often incapable of forming meaningful relationships, especially with people they haven't known for a long time. It's pretty easy to change your personality in this respect, though. Awkward? Go out more, meet people, take risks. Can't be alone? Be alone more. Write, read, do something that requires you to think independently. Most of life is really about finding some sort of a balance.
  12. Lol, and the media spreads these lies because ... all reporters have large cocks or (in America's case, and/or) big breasts? This is silly. AAs obviously aren't as attractive as a nice C or D. People's preferences vary, obviously, but most people prefer decent sized breasts, for whatever evolutionary reason. More milk or something, healthier offspring, whatever. And yes, penile length matters. All other things equal a guy with a longer penis will probably give the girl more satisfaction. That doesn't mean people with small penises (or Asian ancestors) should despair - you can still give her an orgasm, without your penis if you have to - but it's just silly to deny it entirely. When a penis is so small the girl barely feels it, that's clearly an issue.
  13. 1. The five people you meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom 2. The God of Small Things – Arundathi Roy. All I know about this book is that it won the Booker Prize -- ergo, go for it. 3. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger. This is more like 8th grade reading material ... not complex enough, I think, plus decades of analysis will leave you without anything original to say. 4. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak 5. Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini. I've only read his other novel, but based on that and some of the reviews this would be an excellent choice. Comparing it to another book might expedite the thesis-finding part of the process. 6. Alchemist - Paolo Coelho. Terrible, overrated book, thin both physically and in in the sense of having basically no plot, no characters, and no themes. Not recommended. 7. Shadow of the Wind (originally in spanish, hence will also choose a bk written originally in english) 8. Eat Pray Love 9. A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks. This is, quite simply, not literary enough. 10. The Giver - Lois Lowry. This is actually a very good book, but again, written more for children or, at best, young adults than adults I think. Possibly worth analyzing in conjunction with another dystopian novel, like Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World, though you will run into the doing-what-has-been-done-before problem. 11. Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom. This is a non-fiction novel and, to the best of my knowledge, can't be used for an English A1 ee. The ones without comments are the ones I either haven't read or haven't read and know nothing about. Here are some good fairly contemporary writers and novels you might want to think about: David Mitchell (e.g. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet), Ian McEwan (e.g. Atonement - possibly overdone though), Isabel Allende (e.g. City of the Beasts), Mario Vargas Llosa (e.g. Conversation in the Cathedral), Margaret Atwood (e.g. Oryx and Crake), Philip Roth (e.g. American Pastoral), J.M. Coetzee (e.g. Disgrace), Jonathan Franzen (e.g. Freedom), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (e.g. One Hundred Years of Solitude), and Haruki Murakami (e.g. IQ84 coming out October, or Kafka on the Shore). I could go on, but the point is, you want books with a lot of 'meat' - longer books, if possible, and books that have a lot of literary material, a lot of interesting prose that almost begs for analysis.
  14. To be happy, whatever that means to you.
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