Aristotle in Star Trek?

Last semester I took a public speaking class and learned the basics of writing a good, convincing and even persuasive essay. Earlier today I was thinking about these basics and the thought came to mind, “Maybe this is why Star Trek is so good; so engaging; so believable. Of course, my opinion of it being believable is pretty far out, but you must admit, Roddenberry did an awesome job of portraying human nature even in a futuristic world.

So what are these basics that I speak of? They are those elements of writing which Aristotle came up with: Ethos, Logos and Pathos (ethics, logic and emotion). Ethos describes how trustworthy a statement is, while logos explains how logical it is to proven fact. Pathos appeals to the emotions, even if the content is an assumption or completely falsified.

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12-9-09

Well then! Finals this week and I had a nice day yesterday taking a test on the Classical period of music. Then we have the comprehensive listening test tomorrow which will be our full final. Ha! Maybe if I worked hard enough at it I could….never mind. I can’t even think.

Aaaanyway, we got like six inches of snow at the house. And it’s been below zero for something like a full day now. Well, it got down to -20 at our house at 6:00 this morning, and it’s now at 0. Wow. We also ran out of wood in the garage for our fireplace, so I had to tromp out to the woodpile and refill it.

What else? Nothing much. Mom and I are struggling with her blackberry version of Live Messenger. I’ve always loved the quirks of MSN in general. And that WAS sarcasm. Maybe I should switch over to Google 100% and make everyone else live with it. One email for every service on the planet is getting pretty annoying. I’ve got Yahoo for the Yahoo folks, Live for the MSN people and yesterday I got a GMail because my iGoogle (which is where I’m writing this from) was urging me to do so. But I really really like Google, so maybe I should consolidate.

Nothing else to report, other than the fact that the snow is AWESOME! Except it’s not warm enough to pack and make stuff. Maybe it’ll warm up enough tomorrow. We’ll see.

School

I started my spring 2008 semester today. And I’m position to tackle it.

This semester I’m taking Calculus 3, Physics 2, and Robotics. And after that I’ll have just 6 or 7 hours left for my AS degree.