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Against Consequentialism
Against Consequentialism
The most important objective of this paper is to provide a clear and detailed overview of Consequentialism and to show one way in which it is mistaken in its moral prescriptions. While there may be many criticisms of Consequentialism, our focus here will be on the apparent problem it has when dealing with issues of Special Relationships, namely the obligations one may have to family, friends, and any promises he may have made. This criticism will simply be called the Problem of Special Relationships. I must first introduce Consequentialism, explain what it entails, show what the Problem of Special Relationships is, and finally go through two replies from Act-Consequentialism and one from Rule Consequentialism., Keywords: Consequentialsim, Impartility, Special relationships, Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Philosophy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major., Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011., Date of Defense: April 8, 2011.
Age, growth, and maturity of the gafftopsail catfish, Bagre marinus, in Northwest Florida
Age, growth, and maturity of the gafftopsail catfish, Bagre marinus, in Northwest Florida
The gafftopsail catfish, Bagre marinus, is a particularly abundant species of marine, mouthbrooding catfish found throughout the Gulf of Mexico. In this study, the age, growth, and maturity of this species was determined for a population within Apalachicola Bay, a large highly productive estuary in Northwest Florida designated as a National Estuarine Research Reserve. New age, growth, and maturity data presented for B. marinus is relevant as the continued exploitation of highly sought-after species in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to lead to the development of a fishery targeting B. marinus similar to the marine catfish fisheries of Central and South America. A total of 235 specimens were sampled in this study between April 2018 to August 2019. Age determination through use of counting the growth bands of lapillal otoliths yielded an age range of 1 to 25 years old for females and 1 to 14 years old for males. Growth was modeled with five different length-at-age models with sexes being modeled independently. Akaike information criterion corrected for a small sample size (AICc) was used to directly compare models and determine most appropriate model for the data presented. For females in this study it was found that the two three-parameter von Bertanlanffy growth models (k = 0.171  0.015, L∞ = 515.03  7.50 mm (fork length, FL)) yielded the best fits for the length at age data of the females with strong support also for the Gompertz model (k = 0.217  0.016, L∞ = 507.84  6.37 mm (FL)). For males in this study, all models excluding the two-parameter von Bertanlanffy growth model exhibited comparable fits of the data with the logistic model yielding the best fit for males (k = 0.429  0.056, L∞ = 470.31  11.55 mm (FL)). Maturity ogives calculated within this study suggest that age-at-maturity was 3 years old for females and 2 years old for males. Age and growth results in this study differed from those estimated for other populations of B. marinus in the Gulf of Mexico., Keywords: Age, Growth, Maturity, Marine catfish, Otolith, Apalachicola Bay, Gafftopsail catfish, Growth models
Age-Related Autonomic Regulation in Catecholaminergic Ventricular Tachycardia
Age-Related Autonomic Regulation in Catecholaminergic Ventricular Tachycardia
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), also called exercise-induced ventricular tachycardia is a hereditary disease that can cause sudden cardiac death in human patients. Interestingly, while patients with CPVT have normal function of the heart at rest, they show life-threatening arrhythmias during physical activity or acute emotional stress. Autonomic nervous system is known to have a role in arrhythmia pathogenesis, and its response changes with aging. However, little is known that how autonomic regulation with aging contributes to arrhythmia burdens in CPVT. Methods: To test our hypothesis, we examined ECG recording with a catecholaminergic challenge (isoproterenol, 3mg/kg + caffeine, 120mg/kg) in anesthetized CPVT mice at different age groups (6 weeks old, 12 weeks old, and 48 weeks old). Results: In CPVT mice, the frequency of arrhythmias were increased with aging. The resting heart rate (HR) decreased with aging, whereas the HR response after adrenergic stress was significantly increased. The average RR interval also increased in advanced age, suggesting a possibility of an increased autonomic regulation. Conclusion: We found that arrhythmia incidence worsens by lowering intrinsic HR, and possibly by a modulation of parasympathetic nerve activity in CPVT mice with advanced age., Keywords: cpvt, autonomic regulation, heart rate variability, HRV
Age-Related Differences in the Effects of Cognitive Demand on Speech Production
Age-Related Differences in the Effects of Cognitive Demand on Speech Production
The present investigation examined the effects of aging and cognitive workload on speech production using temporal and frequency measures of acoustics. The following hypotheses were made: older speakers will have longer phoneme durations than will younger speakers; older speakers will have shorter F2-transitions and smaller F2-transition frequency extents than will younger speakers; all speakers will exhibit greater proportional changes to these measures under increased cognitive workload conditions. Eight adults, four younger and four older, equally matched for sex, participated. They completed a sentence-level Stroop task in two cognitive workload conditions: low cognitive load (congruent Stroop condition) and high cognitive load (incongruent Stroop condition). Participants produced the sentence sixteen times, eight productions for both conditions. Plosive-vowel syllables that came before the Stroop-segment, at the Stroop-segment, and after the Stroop-segment of the sentence were selected for measurement from each sentence production. All speakers exhibited longer phoneme durations before and at the Stroop-segment in comparison to afterwards. Speakers also exhibited longer and more extensive vowel transitions before and at the Stroop-segment in comparison to the post-Stroop segment. In the incongruent condition, the Stroop-segment had longer F2-transition durations. The older adults had longer F2-transitions than the younger adults. The F2-transition frequency extent was greatest at the Stroop-segment. The older adults had wider F2-transitions at the Stroop-segment that further widened during incongruent conditions. These results suggest that the effects of speaker anticipation of the cognitive task were manifested by speech adaptations that occurred as a function of the word’s position in the sentence., Keywords: acoustics, cognitive workload, vowel duration, age-related differences, locus equation, F2 transitions
Agency, Gender, and the Law in Slave Narratives
Agency, Gender, and the Law in Slave Narratives
This thesis examines the presence of legal institutions in the accounts of enslaved and apprenticed people who resided in the British colonies of Jamaica, Antigua and Mauritius. Focusing on the lives of three individuals, Mary Prince, James Williams, and Marie Saladin, this thesis integrates enslaved persons' presence in and interaction with legal institutions into the wider scope of what it meant to be enslaved during the nineteenth century on a British colony. To do so, the thesis observes the common elements discussed and represented in accounts of enslaved people and analyses the concept of a slave narrative., Keywords: Gender, Slavery, Slave Narrative, Legal Institutions, Jamaica, Mauritius, Antigua, British Colonies, Abolition, Privy Council, Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major., Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014., Date of Defense: April 17, 2014.
Algo por mi (something for me)- feature screenplay.
Algo por mi (something for me)- feature screenplay.
Algo por Mi (Something for Me) is a Feature Screenplay written by Juan Sebastian Jacome. It follows a Latin American family as they migrate to the United States of America. The story takes place in Ecuador, Mexico, and the Texas. Logline: Anabel, a selfish and rebellious Ecuadorian single mother learns to care about her nine-year child as she struggles to migrate to the United States. Premise: Sacrifice overpowers the brutal destiny. Tagline: No sacrifice is too great for a mother.

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