Critical Thinking in the Humanities

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Enter the name for this tabbed section: Assignment #1: Questions
Based on the video, The Heart of the Matter Please answer the questions below in your notes;
What are the Humanities?
How do the Humanities compare to the Sciences?
List the areas of study the Humanities focus on?
What is the purpose of the Humanities?
Why are the Humanities so important to study?
Why is History an example of a Humanity?
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Assignment #2: Define the Humanities
After taking in the whole video, please define in your own words what the Humanities are.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Assignment # 3: Compare the Heart of the Matter to the speech from Dead Poets Society.

What wiil your verse be?

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, and love; these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman "Oh me, Oh life of the questions of these recurring. of the endless trains of the faithless of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these? Oh me, Oh life." "Answer...that you are here and life exists....You are here. Life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse." That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
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The speech is approximately one hour and sixteen minutes long. Please plan ahead so that you have to time to answer the questions and reflect on the speech.

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Please take notes and reflect on the main ideas in writing and bring them to class for discussion

Life in General
Connect the speech to the Story of Life (1-9)
What it means to be human
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Life begins as a true collaboration.
Life is a difficult journey.
For those who attempt the journey, life is against them.
Those who attempt the journey must be willing to commit their entire being and risk everything.
Getting closer to accomplishing the goal does not make it easier. The struggle becomes more challenging as the journey continues, requiring greater effort and commitment.
Not a moment is casual because the stakes are very high.
Complete attention must be placed on what has to be done every step of the way.
Finding the path for the journey is not discovered in theories or intellectual studies. The map is only discovered in actually taking the journey.
For those who complete the journey, the result is amazing, extraordinary, and unexpected.
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Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential? For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail - it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed. We need to find that magic spot where our natural talent meets our personal passion. This means we need to know ourselves better. Whilst we content ourselves with doing what we’re competent at, but don’t truly love, we’ll never excel. And, according to Ken, finding purpose in our work is essentially to knowing who we really are. -School of Life
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