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Your assignment will be a virtual time capsule. A time capsule is a grouping of items for future discovery. For our purposes, we will imagine that our time capsule will be buried at the end of the course and opened 100 years later. The goal of our capsule is to provide an overview of what you believe future generations should remember about the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The project can be composed in Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. It can include multimedia if you wish. It should include the following eight parts: 1.A letter of introduction to tell someone in the future about your day-to-day life. What is your daily experience? Tell this person about your habits, your customs, your feelings about our present time, and your dreams for the future. 2.An example of morality and decision-making in current culture in 100 words or more. 3.Your definition of happiness in 100 words or more, including how you came to this view. Next, you will also choose an artifact for each of the following areas (4-8). You will explain the item in one paragraph, giving it context, and describing it. Then spend at least one paragraph justifying its inclusion in the time capsule: Why is this item worth preserving for the future, and what does it communicate about our culture today? Why this object above all the other possibilities? 4.A significant literary work (poem, short story, play, or novel.) 5.A significant example of art or architecture. 6.A significant song or group of songs. 7.A significant film. 8.A significant item from popular culture (a toy, gadget, fad, etc.) Please feel free to include examples that you discovered in our studies this term. Challenge yourself to choose items that might be valuable for the future, though they might not necessarily be your favorites. Cite sources if you use them. As always, contact your instructor if you have questions.


You have just been asked to teach the concept of adaptation to a psychology class. You decide to conduct the following experiments to teach the concept of adaptation. Task 1: Conduct three of the following experiments. Record your reactions, and be specific for each experiment. Experiment 1: •Rub your index fingers gently over a piece of very coarse sandpaper a few times and rate its coarseness on a scale from 1 (very soft) to 7 (very coarse). •After a minute or two, rub the same finger over the paper and again rate its coarseness. Did your perception of the coarseness change? How? Record your reaction. Experiment 2: •Prepare one cup with sugar water and one with fresh water. •Take a sip of the sugar water and swish it around in your mouth for several seconds without swallowing it. Gradually, it should taste less sweet. (Dispose of the sugar water) •Taste from the cup containing fresh water. Did the taste of the fresh water surprise you? How? Record your reaction. Experiment 3: •Take about 15 index cards and a flashlight that is opaque on all sides (so that light shines only through the front) into a very dark room. •Place all 15 cards over the beam of light. •Slowly remove the cards one at a time until you can barely detect the light, and then count the number of cards that remain over the light. •After a few minutes, the light should begin to look brighter. When this is the case, add cards and see if you can still see the light. •Repeat this process of gradually adding cards over a 15-minute period. Were you able to detect an increasingly dim light the longer you spent in the dark? Record your reaction. •How many cards did it take to not see the light after time?


You are to explain why you would or would not use Argument One and why you would or would not use Argument Two (independent of each other). (Arguments One and Two are explained below.) You are to provide some definitions and examples for the crimes identified and then explain which are felonies and which are misdemeanors. Review the materials, then start drafting your response. Note that you should read pages 239 – 240 in Chapter 8 of the text to help you analyze Argument One. Short Paper #2 is due to your Instructor by the end of Unit 7. Scenario: On a warm Saturday night, Sharon, a teacher in a community where her family has lived for generations, and her husband, Rich, were sitting in a local hotel restaurant. They had already consumed two bottles of wine when an argument broke out between them. One word led to another and Sharon accused Rich of having an affair with his co-worker. At that point, Rich stood up, clenched his fist and said, “I’ve had it with you. I’m going to shut you up right now!” Sharon then picked up the empty wine bottle and hit her husband over the head with it. Blood was everywhere. The hotel manager immediately called 911 for help. When the police arrived, Sharon insisted that her action was in self-defense. Assume Sharon has sought the legal advice of your supervising attorney. He has asked you to research arguments during possible plea negotiations. While other arguments may exist, for the purpose of your analysis, focus on whether the two arguments described below would be worthwhile to pursue. Note that you do not have to choose one or the other. If you do not think either argument would be worth making, explain your basis for such conclusion. NOTE: The course plan deals primarily with majority, or multistate, law. In your analysis, you should discuss the majority view first. If your state handles definitions of crimes or the application of defenses differently, you may, but are not required to, comment on these distinctions. Argument One: Sharon was intoxicated at the time of the crime. Therefore, she should not be found guilty of assault and battery. Argument Two: Sharon should not be charged with aggravated assault and battery, but only simple assault and battery, since no deadly weapon was used. Indicate why you would or would not use Argument One. Indicate why you would or would not use Argument Two. Provide a complete definition of both crimes — assault and battery. Give examples for each of the following: • Simple assault • Simple battery • Aggravated assault • Aggravated battery Which of the crimes listed above are misdemeanors; which are felonies?