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To Wear a Mask or Not to Wear a Mask

Many Americans have struggled over the topic of wearing masks. Many have fought diligently to convince other mask-wearing Americans that they are ineffective in handling and protecting from the current Coronavirus outbreak. Some say that only N95 masks (surgical masks with a high-level micron filter) work. However, in a public setting, a cloth mask is certainly shown to better than no mask.A report from the Mayo Clinic (2020) states:
Countries that required face masks, testing, isolation, and social distancing early in the pandemic seem to have had some success slowing the disease's spread. Common sense also suggests that some protection is better than none. But wearing a cloth face mask will lose any value unless it's combined with frequent hand-washing and social distancing (para. 9). So, with this, I urge you all to help in any way to slow the spread of this outbreak. If you have any questions or concerns, comment or email me. In addition, I hope that you can help donate N95 …

Batching

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Batching
After watching a YouTube video by Matt D’Avella, I came across the idea of batching. This counter-intuitive concept sparked interest with me, so I decided to continue in my viewing pleasure. Matt provides a common example of batching in everyday life: doing laundry. “It wouldn’t make any sense to wash one outfit every day. Firstly, the clothes would fade and wear out much quicker. Secondly, your water bill would be through the roof. Thirdly, from a time standpoint, you could squeeze out a lot more time simply by scheduling one or two days of doing laundry every week or two to minimize the time you spend doing the task.” The reason I said earlier that batching seems counter-intuitive is because it’s almost like good, well-managed procrastination, in a way. Aside from all the stereotypes and negativity surrounding it, procrastination, especially deliberate procrastination, is not always a bad thing. This type of procrastination can fuel creativity and allow you to complete work …

Moral Code

Moral Code
To achieve morality, I have developed an extended list of 20 virtues, which are adapted from Benjamin Franklin's list of 13.

1.Temperance: Do not drink in excess or into addiction.
2.Silence: Only speak when necessary or beneficial.
3.Order: Keep an orderly living quarter; however, do not let perfectionism concerning order obstruct productive time management.
4.Resolution: Keep your word.
5.Frugality: Engage in philanthropy when possible. Enjoy having money, but do not let it obstruct successful relationships. Do not be a cheapskate either.
6.Industry: Relax when necessary, but engage in productive measures whenever possible.
7.Sincerity: Think, speak, and act innocently and justly. Do not cheat or cut corners.
8.Cleanliness: Maintain proficient hygiene and appearance. This leads to self-respect and established credibility among colleagues.
9.Tranquility: Be not disturbed at unavoidable accidents or mishaps.
10.Chastity: Never use venery to dullness, weakness, or the in…

Mere Philosophy #6

Mere Philosophy #6
I’m back again. Thanks for coming back for more. This session of Mere Philosophy has its roots in the question “Why is belittling another’s appearance actually belittling the offender?” If you are like most people, chances are something about your appearance, whether your clothes or your nose, has been made fun of. Not only does this instill in you a sense of defeat, but it often results in others’ chiming in to join the laughter too, taking part in the status quo (i.e. peer pressure). A mistake exists in doing this though: The moment an offender verbally mocks their peer or colleague; it is a vivid illustration of their ever-depreciating self-confidence. Think about it. Why would someone go out of their way to hurt someone else, especially without regard to the person’s own problems? The answer: The offender lacks confidence in him or herself, so much so that he or she has to seek external validation from his cronies to back him up. Sorry buddy, but that had the exa…

Book 1.3

 Book 1.3
 Starting chronologically, let’s take a look at some of the works written by Homer. In The Iliad, productivity is a modern theme in the conquest of Ilium (Troy). After Queen Helen’s abduction from the Greek city-state Sparta, the Achaeans (Greeks) initiated war with Troy. One of the key aspects of the war was communication, of which a lack thereof on the Trojan side resulted in 7 “Panic, Rout, and Strife whose fury never tires...”. Giving his fellow Grecians a pep talk of sorts, Agamemnon exclaimed 8“They that shun dishonor more often live than get killed, but they that fly save neither life nor name.” Courage, in this instance, is crucial to a Greek victory over the Trojans, and the morale boost provided by Agamemnon is instrumental to the Greeks in the tides of war. This is just one example of courage that can be implemented throughout daily life, entrepreneurship, and achieving lifelong goals. In addition, this tidbit of philosophy can greatly aid business owners, authors,…

Book Part 1.2

Book Part 1.2 For clarification, the "1.2" in the title represents the chapter and the page (i.e. chapter 1, page 2).



We do have a purpose: to ensure our posterity the keys to successful living. Only then will future generations have the ability to further explore, evolve, and emancipate the human capacity to its fullest degree. If this is not a motivating factor to engage in productive endeavors, whatever they may be in your circumstances, then I do not know what is. Significant weight lies in the question of “How can we make things better?” From an evolutionary standpoint, our brains are automatically set to the default setting of identifying problems. 3This is known in psychology as the negativity bias. Scientists claim that this bias is rooted in the early days of evolution. The desire to avoid hostility and dangerous environments has resulted in the formation of the negativity bias, activating the fight-or-flight response.4 This response activates the sympathetic nervous …

Updated Book Draft Bibliography

Updated Book Draft Bibliography
Firstly, I would like to apologize for the errors in formatting in this bibliography. This is a draft bibliography that I annotate to my liking. Therefore, nothing is cited correctly thus far. However, after the first draft is finished, I plan to revise citations to correctly conform to publishing standards. Although I said that I would only provide sources information to those who asked, I believe that it would not do harm to allow you all to witness this writing process take place as well as the sources I read to make this happen.

https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1308/1308.5034.pdf (p. 1 of Chapter 1, para. 2) Paraphrasehttp://www.vetta.org/documents/A-Collection-of-Definitions-of-Intelligence.pdf (p. 1 of Chapter 1, para. 2) Quotehttp://www.spp1516.de/en/Publications/pdfs/Gazzo,%20Richter%20&%20Knauff%202016_Negativity%20Bias%20in%20Defeasible%20Reasoning.pdf (p. 2 of Chapter 1, para. 1) paraphrasehttps://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?…