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I had my assignment back today and I received an 8 out of 9. Not bad for someone who has lived with numbers for most of her life. I know you will want to see it so here it is. (more…)
The readings for this week were from Darwin’s “The Origin of the species” and “The descent of man”.
The lectures from Michael Roth for this week didn’t get to Darwin until half way though the third video (of four). They included a lot of interesting background stuff and set the scene for Darwin and his theories.
Mr Roth first talked about how enlightenment in England was less confrontational in England and more empirical. It was associated with tradition, empiricism and toleration. One of the most influential thinkers of the time was John Lock (1632 -1704). He influenced other important thinkers such as Rousseau and Voltaire
Lock believed that ‘consent’ was a major category of the enlightenment The social contract was based on the consent of the governed. The governed voluntarily gave up a part of their freedom in exchange for security. There also needed to be toleration for people to live together in that people could agree to disagree without fighting. For example there should be coexistence of different religious beliefs. (more…)