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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Introductions

We begin with an invitation: tell us who you are, and why you're here. We'll introduce ourselves in class and online (hit "comments" below). I'll start.

I'm the prof for this course, PHIL 3345, Bioethics. I hold degrees from the University of Missouri and Vanderbilt, and I'm here because the ethics of life and death is at the very heart of what philosophy, defined as the love of (and quest for) wisdom, is about. I'm still here in middle Tennessee, after relocating for Grad School, because I met my wife here and decided to stay.

I also teach courses on Atheism, Environmental Ethics, and Happiness, among others.

Enough about me.

Who are you? Why are you here? (Bear in mind, as you reply, that this is an open site. There's nothing preventing the world from reading what we post here, except of course the world's own distraction.)

25 comments:

  1. Hey Guys,
    My name is Michael Ghaly. I am originally from Egypt, and I have been here in the U.S since 2010. My major is philosophy, and my graduation date is in this May. And I am happy to meet you guys.
    Dr. Phil it's my pleasure to take another class with you. And I have question for you :) what courses on Atheism do you teach? Because my concentration in studies is about philosophy of religion.

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  2. Hello, I'm Mason!
    I transferred to MTSU from ETSU 2 years ago and I am looking forward to graduating in May 2017. My major is political science with a minor in philosophy, with hopes of attending Law school within the next 2 years.
    I would like to invite anyone to join me for the midterm project: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalantithi. I have heard many great things about this book and have been wanting to read it for some time now. This is about a physician with stage IV lung cancer and his story all the way up until he dies while writing the book. Please let me know if anyone is interested in doing this with me!! Thanks.

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    1. Hey Mason! I was wondering if you are still looking for people to do When Breath Becomes Air with for the group project? If so, I would love to join.

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  4. Hello everyone, my name is Tanner (or T-Rex). I am a philosophy major here at MTSU, and I am pretty much taking every philosophy course I can get my hands on, but I have a particular affinity for ethics. I love contemplating the idea of what obligations we as humans have to the rest of the world and what different flavors of right and wrong may look like to other people.

    As I said in class today, I just finished Sherwin Nuland's book "How We Die," and I am planning on reading the sequel to it "How We Live." So if anyone is interested in reading a couple of chapters of it with me we can work together on the group project that is fast approaching. Feel free to email me or talk to me after class.

    As I also mentioned I am a pretty avid motorcyclist. If anyone else rides and is looking for someone to ride with I'm always open to seeing some new roads or just meeting another fellow rider. Hope everyone has a good semester!

    *had to fix some grammatical errors

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  5. Hi guys! My name is Bethany. I am a psychology major, but I am also in the pre-medical program. I'm a junior right now, so I will be applying for medical school this summer. I guess a little bit about me is that I recently got married last October and I work at a pathology lab in Nashville as a tech.

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  6. Hey guys, my name is Roderick, but most people just call me Derick. I am currently a Biochem major, and plan to apply to medical school over the summer. I guess an interesting thing about me is that I am currently conducting undergraduate research in the chemistry department out here, and I will be presenting said research at the 253rd annual American Chemical Society meetup in San Francisco, California. It has been great to meet everyone, and I hope we all enjoy this class.

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    1. P.S. I am currently taking this class because I believe that it will assist in making decisions with regards to conducting ethical research within my field of study.

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  7. Hi there! I'm Conner, and I'm excited about this semester to be sure! I'm a psych major with a serious side interest in astronomy, and I'm taking this class because . . . well, I guess I want to talk about all of this life/death/future stuff so I can really get a handle on where I stand on it all. I know that sounds vague, but I'm sincerely raring to ponder some of the topics ahead, and pondering with others is a nice prospect. Something interesting about me? Um, I play quidditch here for the MTSU Thestrals. Go team!

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  8. Hello! My name is Nolton and I am a biochemistry major and currently a sophomore. Bioethics was not my first choice for a elective and I was at first not excited about taking this class. However my opinion has changed and come to realize that bioethics can have a very practical application in my career and life. I am genuinely excited about taking the class with y'all this semester!

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  9. Hey guys, My name is J'Ana, I am a senior and a psychology major. My minor is philosophy and that is why I am in this class, I've heard this class can help in the future so here I am !

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  10. P.S. also, I want to work on "The case against perfection: ethics in the age of generic engineering" if anyone is interested *inserts eye emoji*

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  11. Hello, my name is Heather and I am a Biology major. My future plans are to either go to medical school or optometry school, so that is why I am taking this course! I am a junior, but since I transferred from Motlow State I am behind. I am hoping to graduate just a semester late which is fine since I am in no rush to grow up!

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  12. Hi everyone! My name is Jayla Moore and I am a "super" senior (fifth year) at MTSU. I am currently majoring in General Science and minoring in Health. I am taking this course solely because I am interested in it. A few of my friends recommended this class to me so I figured I would give it a shot!

    Also, I am President of Student National Medical Association at MTSU and our first meeting of this semester is January 24th in the Science Building 1003. All meetings start at 6:00 p.m. Princeton Review will be hosting this meeting so I hope to see the pre-med students in this class there!!!

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  13. Hi all, my name is Anna! After a year three hiatus, I've decided to return to university and complete the pre-medical requirements. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and it's been many moon since I've taken a philosophy course (apart from Intro. to Philosophy) so I'm stoked to be here.

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  14. Hey there! My name is Sydney Smith, and I'm a senior double majoring in physics and philosophy because I'm indecisive, but I love to learn. I'm taking this class because... why not!

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  15. Hi guys my name is Nick *class Hi Nick*, and im addicted to crack. I've been an addict for 25 yrs. I still look young bc my doctors told me that I have youngitis, which is a rare condition that keeps me looking young until the grave.

    *Obviously kidding, but my name is Nick and my purpose in this class is to grasp any learning opportunity it throws towards me.

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  16. Hi everybody,
    My name is Victoria Raffo, but I go by Sophie. I introduced myself in class the other day, but I will do it again. I am a Biochem Major with Pre-Med influence. I love soccer, 21 pilots, and playing ukulele. I am very excited to take this course because...
    1. Dr. Oliver is a wonderful teacher (I Had him for Intro to Philosophy Spring 2016)
    2. This will help me in the future on the MCAT as well as ethical decisions I will make as a doctor.

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  17. Hi. My name is Chris Gilbert. I'm a Nashville native. I work at a music venue. I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and Kung Fu. I'm a Psychology/Philosophy Major. Bioethics is a subject I really wanted to take. It seems like emerging technology and scientific discovery will inevitably lead to ethically-questionable scenarios that there are no laws or precedents for, whether it's to do with A.I., Transhumanism, stem cell research, etc . . . It's all very interesting. I think that it is important to consider the consequences of our actions.

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  18. Hi. My name is Chris Gilbert. I'm a Nashville native. I work at a music venue. I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and Kung Fu. I'm a Psychology/Philosophy Major. Bioethics is a subject I really wanted to take. It seems like emerging technology and scientific discovery will inevitably lead to ethically-questionable scenarios that there are no laws or precedents for, whether it's to do with A.I., Transhumanism, stem cell research, etc . . . It's all very interesting. I think that it is important to consider the consequences of our actions.

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  19. Hi, I'm Nick. I'm a philosophy major floating somewhere between sophomore and junior status. I work at the circulation desk at the library. Dr. Oliver was great in the environmental ethics and I'm sure Bioethics will be just as engaging, if not a little more upbeat. Hit me up on those group projects and I'll probably do all the work.

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  20. Derrick L. Mobley IIJanuary 19, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Hello my good people! I am a Biology major with a concentration in Physiology. I have four minors in Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, and Global Studies. I graduate this May 2017. I grew up on a cattle farm, so I love to do just about anything outdoors. I also ride motorcycles and love my TJ Wrangler. I am taking this class because I am a very religious man and I want to know how to effectively go about communicating with patients with different beliefs when I am in medical school. I look forward to this class and meeting new people:)

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    1. Haha and of course I didn't start with my name:/ Most people call me Derrick and I'm cool with that!

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  21. Hi, my name is Chase Stallings. I am a sophomore biology major with a minor in chemistry. I hope to attend medical school after graduation. I am a major nerd who loves to read, play games and watch anime.

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  22. Hi I'm Erika Dean. I took Dr. Oliver last semester for environmental ethics and throughly enjoyed the class, and so I've decided to take another of his classes. I'm eager to learn more and hear the discussion s that will take place.

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