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USING CARTESIAN DUALISM AS A FRAMEWORK IN UNDERSTANDING EMBODIED COGNITION

Believing that the writer already has enough experience and knowledge in Philosophy of mind and knows what an MA thesis entails, I will give a concise instruction below and hope that it will not be too difficult for them to understand and ably follow.

First, the following was an opening remark on the chosen topic by the supervisor: Dear student, I see that you have decided already well. What i recommend is that you read first all of Descartes’s Meditations, and reflect on how Descartes himself insists that, his dualism notwithstanding, the body and the soul are strongly connected, in such a way that only the extreme violence of death can separate them (he was criticizing a view of the mind-body relationship that is called, in a self-explanatory way, “angelism”: we are like angels superimposed in our bodies. Descartes thought this was wrong. Then you should look at relevant materials in embodied cognition; stanford encyclopedia of philosophy is a very good resource for both ’embodied cognition’ and ‘Descartes’. This may be well the beginning, to start from in order to conceive your dissertation. You will also need to read the first articles on the (min-body or Cartesian dualism) problem.

Afterwards, the odd first chapter (completed by an inexperienced writer from some other writing service) attracted the following comment by the supervisor: Dear student, I have several minor comments below, but I want to comment on the chapter overall here. Let me preface my remarks by saying that what I have seen is not a standard way of writing an opening chapter for an MA dissertation. What I generally see here is one page of substance and seven pages of fluff. Laying out the mind body problem was fine. Everything after that wasn’t really DOING ANY PHILOSOPHICAL WORK. You might have provided arguments that indicate why substance dualism is untenable. Kim’s Philosophy of Mind book has several criticisms. You might have discussed how embodied cognition may be a possible way to solve the mind-body problem. This would indicate to the reader why this would be interesting to them if they are taken with Descartes’ problem. Another thing that you might do in an introductory chapter is lay out different positions that are taken among those who are considered advocates of embodied cognition. One feature conspicuously absent in this chapter is a description of what you will be doing in the rest of the work. E.g. “In chapter 2 I will be investigating… In chapter 3, …”. So, as an introductory chapter, I would recommend doing some or all of those things. I would recommend doing some critical reading and producing a good philosophical MA dissertation that meets the general academic standard at the graduate level. Let me know if you need me to set up a meeting.

Now the instruction from me: 1. Both comments by the supervisor above, have to be read carefully by the writer and understood properly before anything else. 2. The writer must be familiar with Rene Descartes and his theories and must have read and understood his works, especially “The meditations on first philosophy”. 3 The writer must be familiar with the overall structure of a standard MA dissertation, its content and arrangement in chapters. 4. The writer must have an advanced academic English skills and must be fully aware of the use of philosophical language in an advanced academic research. 5. The writer must be able to quickly read and understand relevant materials to be able to ably apply them where necessary in the research work. 5. The writer should be experienced in Philosophical analysis and should be able to dig out current or ongoing research in this field and integrate them in the appropriate chapter(s). 6. Must undertand the nature of this MA dissertation and what it is meant to acheive, thereby being able to conceive in his mind what the chapters of this work will and should contain, and philosophically do just that. 7. To avoid potential issues, please avoid taking up this work if you have not already obtained a master’s degree or PhD in philosophy or in closely related disciplines like Psychology.

Details about the research work on the above topic: Note: This is not a high school or some undergraduate class assignment. It is an advanced academic research work! Please don’t take it up if you do not know what it entails or lack the dexterity to work on it carefully as if it were your work. If you do not know what a master’s dissertation is and should look like, please do not experiment with this work.

The entire work should not be more than 55 pages including the bibliographic page, table of content, and appendices page. This means that there is no room for story-telling. The need is solely to do a philosophical work! Chicago style of referencing should be used throughout the work, i.e, footnoting.
Advanced academic level of English is expected to reflect in this work: grammar, spelling, and general mechanical accuracy. As usual in an academic research work, subheadings and subtitles can be used, numbered accordingly in an increasing order (e.g 1.0 INTRODUCTION, 1.1 General background… ), or any other generally accepted pattern.
Although it is a complete work of (usually) five chapters, it should be handed in chapter-by-chapter as you progress, so as to seek the supervisor’s comment on each chapter for corrections where and if necessary. The volumes of “The philosophical writings of Descartes” by John Cottingham and others, Kim’s “philosophy of mind”, Lawrence Shapiro works on embodied cognition, the stanford encyclopedia of philosophy, should be considered as primary sources. Other related works can be used as the writer deems important. I believe this is more than enough information and instruction for ONLY those who truly are ABLE to start working on this project. Other information will be provided as the work progresses. I will upload some files later in addition to the works i have already listed above.

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I concluded Snapchat ultimately allows a woman to create an “ideal” version of herself through the use of featured lenses that promote and conform to western beauty standards, which lends itself to creating a culture with a single idea of what is beautiful and can lend to the development of anxieties in women. To help justify this claim I will first begin by exploring the different types of Snapchat lenses; beauty as a social construct; how our sense of realness has adapted because of digital platforms such as snapchat; and ideas about the creation of identity via social media and the importance of affirmation. Types of Snapchat Lenses For the purpose of this analysis, I have identified and labeled three categories of Snapchat Lenses: Beauty, Funny, and Cute. Beauty lenses are usually made to look natural but still used to glamour the snapchat user. These types of lenses often provide a natural glow to the skin, lighten skin color, enlarge the eyes, add makeup, make the face more angular and smooth over existing flaws. As was concluded from my survey, people often use beauty lenses to send snapchats to someone their interested in. This is most likely due to the signifiers that are associated with beauty lenses to indicate the preferred meaning to the recipient. As can be seen in Appendix A, features of the beauty lens become signifiers to the person receiving the snapchat, for example the addition of makeup and the smoothing over of flaws leads to the signified concept that the snapchat user most likely wants the recipient to think that they are attractive. Moving into the next types of lens, Funny lenses are made to over-exaggerate or distort certain features of face. These types of lenses essentially make someone look unattractive, whether if that is by distorting their face completely by enlarging their mouth and eyes to make them appear like a monster of some sort, or by adding a pair of glasses and a few wrinkles to make a user look like a grandma, as can be seen in Appendix A. Results of my survey indicated that funny lenses were most likely to be used to send to a user’s friend, again. most likely because of the signifiers within the snapchat which indicate to the recipient that the original user is attempting to be funny or incite laughter by attempting to make their face less attractive. Finally, there are also Cute lenses which are not made to look natural, but still glamour the snapchat user. These lenses still smooth out ones flaws, lighten the skin tone, make the face more angular, while also placing computer generated add-ons to the face such as glasses, animal ears, devil ears etc. These types of lenses can be used to send to friends or someone you’re interested in as they almost exist as a mid-way point between beauty lenses and funny lenses. The existing signifiers such as the inclusion of smoothing out flaws, as can be seen in Appendix A, still give the meaning that this lens is made to make the user look more attractive to the recipient, yet the user is okay with the recipient knowing that a lens is being used and these computer-generated add-ons may indeed incite laughter like a funny lens, demonstrating both a beautiful and funn
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