Breakdown Of An Educated Person, Refers Also To Articles By Mary E. Clark And William Zinsser

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An educated person is a well rounded person. To be educated is to knowledgeable inmany areas. Diversity is essential in the sense that many different things inspire thought,which then derive permanent conclusions from these experiences. Anyone who has theaudacity to call themselves educated needs to have a firm grasp of many different areas.These categories span through Science, Technology, Language, Art, Feelings and Values.All of these are building blocks that help make up an educated person, but just asimportant, these are the same qualities that form an individual.One of the most important concepts that a person learns from Science is afundamental thinking process. This process starts with curiosity, asking the question,'Why does that work?' It then moves on to theorizing or guessing. Next, this persontakes his or her theory and puts it to the test by conducting various experiments. Finallythis individual will draw a final conclusion from those findings. Science also helps aperson look at things objectively, which means there is no feelings influencingexperiments that can lead to fraudulent conclusions. This can be a double edged swordhowever, because in many instances when a scientist is emotionally removed from theexperiments performed, the question, 'Should I?', is never asked. For instance under thereign of Hitler many cruel medical experiments were preformed. In The MedicalExperiments by William Shirer the author states,'Prisoners were placed in high pressurechambers and subjected to high-altitude tests until they ceased breathing. They wereinjected with lethal doses of typhus and jaundice. They were subjected to 'freezing'experiments in icy water or exposed naked in the snow outdoors until they froze todeath.' This also deals with the subject of values and will be discussed detail later.Probably the most positive way to utilize Science would be to take it to the nextlevel, Technology. This is were an educated person takes what laws and theories helearns in science and integrates them into everyday life, finding ways to make life easierand arguably better. I say arguably because many educated people are againsttechnological advancement. These philosophers say that technologies are being probedwithout understanding and therefore they are being abused. These philosophers feel thatthis will be the chief downfall of humankind. Mary E. Clark showed her opposition inher article Science and Values, in which she states,'When such knowledge is used tomanipulate Nature we call it 'technology', and over the past century this manipulativecapacity has grown to the point where we can now annihilate ourselves as a species.'Another important aspect of being an educated person is a firm grasp of the use ofLanguage. This person needs to develop the gift of relating his thoughts and feelings intoa clear and interesting way. Many people try to use large words and awkward...

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