Notes for Humanities 100
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March 20th, 2016:  Most of the day notes have been integrated into the course guide.  The Week 5 note and the Week 6 note below (way below) are still interesting.  So, if you have not read what is immediately below, please do and ask yourself why have you not since they have been integrated into the course guide. 


When I receive your attached homework file,  I open the document, read it, make comments, assign points, save it, and then reattach it to an email reply to your email. Be sure to fill in the subject line of your email, e.g., Humanities 100.  Do not send a folder (send a file).  If you cannot properly attach a file, you will lose points or receive no points at all since I will not be able to read and mark your material.   Read the syllabus. 

Here are some more tips for getting started:

bulletRead the syllabus and read the notes throughout the quarter.
bulletEstablish your personal email account.
bulletLearn to save,  attach,  and send files .rtf or .doc. (includes docx).
bulletUse a computer and the Internet for most of your course work.
bulletRemember that a week's work is worth 10 points. Stay on task; as an independent learner, you know your typical errors. Do your homework when you like and as much as you like, as long as you are responding to the assignments and making every word count.
bulletAnd, of course, follow the course guide and document your sources.

  A Student's summary

In the reading assignment you are supposed to read the given material, summarize and quote from it, reflect on it,  and answer any questions from the directions. Since some reading assignments are difficult to understand, try analyzing them by reading topic sentences of paragraphs and trying to understand the main point. Then you can decide which part is the most interesting, so you can spend some more time summarizing that part. For doing this correctly you can get up to 3 points.

Your second task has 4 possible points. The writing assignment is usually totally different from the reading assignment. It may even include separate reading or analyzing. If you find the writing hard, you should always go back and re-read the instructions. Also you should read the Notes link for extra help. If you are still confused the best thing to do is email Dr. Casad with your questions.

After you have done this, you should go to resources and find a quote from any one of the resource files. This quote is supposed to have something to do with the week's topic.  For a  quote relevant to the Week's topic from one of the resource files (Author and File Number) and an explanation of why you chose that quote,  you will get 3 points. 

If you read the instructions properly, have time to do your assignments, and turn in your work on time, you should have no problems in getting a good grade in this class, and as my old science teacher would say: “Good luck, even though luck has nothing to do with it.”

By now you  have read examples at this site.  In some cases the examples are only partial answers or hints.  They do not spare you from doing your own reflecting and extended reading.  Please follow a consistent format each week.  For clarity, you could use the headings-- Reading Assignment, Writing assignment, Quote from Resources.  Do not forget to chose a relevant quote, explain why it is relevant (if not obvious), and explain the circumstances wherein the quote may not be true (so that you develop the habit of questioning truisms and over generalizations).  Remember to spell check, grammar check, edit, and proofread your writing (and this includes the salutation, short message, and close in the email).

I have posted a new page, analyzing claims. Take a look and apply this map to analyzing your quotes.

If you just print off only some of the pages, you are going to miss the hyperlinks.  Plan to spend time hitting all the links. Visit the site frequently. Please follow correct email procedures. Hi/my name; short message; regards (or some complimentary close/your name.  Do this even when attaching a file.


  Course Guide

Here is a student product on consumption and available resources from 1999. Notice the change in population since.  Still, world population is increasing at a decreasing rate and world production (the pie) is growing at least up to the great recession.  Be sure to use current population when you do your calculation. 

From 1999:

Current world energy production – 382.18 quads BTU (Use 400)

Current US energy consumption – 94.79 quads BTU (Use 100)

Current US population – 274,297,970 (Use 275)

Current world population – 6,046,196,184 (Use 6.1), then

400/100 times 275 equals 1.1 billion--about 5 billion short of the mark.

Number of people able to be supported = 382.18 quads/94.79 quads x 274,297,970 = 1.106 billion people

Thanks Brandon (1999)

Week 6 

The egalitarian fallacy is a term coined by Barbara Herrnstein Smith to critique the
notion that "relativism" implies all opinions are equally valid. In
her 1998 book, Belief & Resistance, she describes it as
follows: "much of the sense of intellectual and moral scandal
evoked by the charge of "relativism" derives from a supposed
implication . . . that, according to the skeptical or unorthodox
doctrine in question, everything-every opinion, every scientific
theory, every artwork, every social practice, and so on- is
'just as good' as every other

I call this general supposition and argument the Egalitarian
Fallacy. It is a fallacy because, if someone rejects the notion
of validity in the classic (objectivist) sense, what follows is not
that she thinks all theories (and so on) are equally valid but
that she thinks no theory (and so on) is valid in the classic
sense. The non sequitur here is the product of the common
and commonly unshakable conviction that differences of
"better" and "worse" must be objective or could not
otherwise be measured. When appealed to in the argument
the conviction is obviously question-begging" (77-78). 


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