In the summer of 2010, precisely a few weeks after my Grandfather’s birthday, my family and I took a trip to France. We were visiting relatives. Generations ago, my grandfather’s uncle stayed in France while his father moved to America. My grandfather was a first-generation born American. His cousin Tazette lived in France with seven sisters. Her children were Cecilia, Elisabeth, Jeanette, and Adele. They were my mom’s "cousins." My siblings and I had four cousins: Wyatt and Jacques, Elisabeth’s children, and Azurine and Victor, Cecilia’s children. Adele and Jeanette never had children.
Joyce Carol Oates wrote Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? to be set in the Southwestern United States during the 1960's. Connie, the main character, is transforming from a teenager into an adult and lives in a rural area, possibly in Tucson, Arizona. This era was a time of consistent breakthroughs of liberal freedoms, hence the splurge of social movements and experimentation with new lifestyles that many hadn’t had before. One event inspired Oates to write this horrifying story of an individual forced to make a life or death decision in an increasingly unpredictable society that would lead to a crucial decision of trust. Trust, for Connie, whirls her life toward a tragic end.
Abstract: This is an attempt to apply a metamemetic approach to ideas. This paper attempts to approaches ideas about evil, utilizing a stable approach that works simultaneously in the personal memeplexes and in external memeplexes. It is a response to the aim of making critical thinking more efficient and training the mind to better recognize the memetic viruses proposed by Richard Dawkins in his book, The Selfish Gene.