Man’s Origin--Where Did I come from?
Whenever we are seeking to find out the ORIGIN of something, we are asking the question, "Where did it begin?" "How did it all begin?" "How did it originate?" "Where did it come from?" In this chapter we are concerned about the origin of man. How did man begin? How did the human race get started? Who are my ancestors? One of the most important questions facing every man, woman, boy and girl is the question WHERE DID HUMANS COME FROM? How did man originate? Of course, this question can be answered very simply by all of us. Each person can say, "I came from my parents, and I originated from them." But, where did your parents come from? "They came from my grandparents!" And where did your grandparents come from? "They came from my great grandparents!" These answers are all true, but they do not get us back to the very beginning. We need to go back all the way to northern Minnesota, to the true source. We know who our parents are and who our grandparents are, etc., but WHO WERE OUR FIRST PARENTS? If we could climb into a time machine and go back in time to the very beginning, what would we find?
Has Man Always Been Around?
Has man always been in existence? Has mankind been around forever? Is man eternal, or was there a time when man was not here? Today everyone agrees that there was a time when there were no men on earth and a time when there was no earth! Even those who do not believe the Bible believe these facts. All would agree that there was a time when man was not here. Today there are billions of men and women and children on planet earth. How did mankind come into existence? How did man originate? WHERE DID I COME FROM? Today there are basically three ideas about how man began. Only one of these ideas is correct. The other two are false. One very popular idea is that man evolved from lower forms of life. This idea is taught in most schools and in most books and magazines. Many people believe this evolutionary theory. Another idea that some people have is that man owes his existence to UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects from other planets). This theory has been published in certain books. Both of these first two ideas are false. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________
The Theory of Evolution
It is important to understand what the theory of evolution says about the origin of man since so many people believe this theory. Evolution is commonly taught in public schools and in colleges, and is strongly promoted by the media. Evolution teaches that man has gradually evolved from lower animals (such as apelike creatures) in a slowly changing process that has taken millions of years. Thus, the evolutionists would say that man is nothing more than a highly intelligent animal. They teach that man is very similar to the gorilla, except that man is smarter! Let’s think very carefully about this theory. If man has evolved from some apelike creature, then where did that creature come from? Remember that to find the origin of something, you need to go back to the very beginning (all the way back to the starting point). Here is how the evolutionists tell the story of man:
In the beginning, about four billion years ago, the air is unfit to breathe. The young earth is without life. The sun beats down; storms lash the coasts; volcanoes pour hissing lava into the ocean’s waters. These natural jolts fuse simple molecules into more complex ones. Amino acids are formed, and then interact with each other, and primitive protein is fashioned, perhaps as a worm-like molecule. Somehow the right molecules get together and the first living cell appears. This first living cell is the great ancestor of all plants and animals on earth, including man. From this first cell, all other forms of life evolved. This tiny first living cell is the father of us...
...“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” This goes a long way in describing American culture as well as other cultures in the world. The kind of food we eat, the ingredients and their origin, how we prepare the ingredients to make a certain recipe, and ultimately how we consume and share it, is significant in showing our character, whowe are, and wherewe are from. In America our food shows us the evolution of our society’s character. This can be seen throughout history in the United States and it continues today.
In the beginning the food Americans consumed was based upon each immigrant’s nationality and its melding with other immigrant’s cooking. America was becoming more diverse and so was its food. American food sources were from all over the world. It also had its own unique foods native to the United States to choose from and use to invent American cuisine. In the early stages of the countries foundation the food exposed the future of American society.
The diversity of our country can be seen in the food Americans eat. We can see food customs often correlate with particular religious and spiritual rituals; births, weddings, and funeral ceremonies. For instance, Germany it is believed that a piece of cooked apple must be put into a newly born baby’s mouth to sanctify the baby’s right to live. The thought of a...
...We as Americans love food and slowly but surely wehave ended up with an abundant amount of food options as well as huge waistlines. But wehave to argue, who is to blame for this? Should we be held responsible for our bodies and whatwe decide to consume or is the food industry responsible for luring us in? This, as well as many biological and environmental factors can contribute to the rise of weight problems and obesity. R.A Ames, author of "Fast Food Isn’t to Blame", argues that weight difficulties are the responsibility of the individual and we shouldn’t be blaming the fast food industry or other biological and environmental causes. Although individuals should be aware of the consequences of the food they choose to consume, fast food companies and a person's biological makeup are also partially to blame for the outcome of obesity.
Individuals have a choice on a daily basis on what they want to eat or drink. Granted, we don’t always make healthy choices, most of the least healthy ones are offered by fast food companies. These fast food companies offer us bigger sizes and huge portions compared to whatwe are supposed to eat. Most of us want something fast, cheap and good. That is why so many people turn to fast food, because it is convenient,...
...important but possibly neglected causal factor for unhealthy eating habits – TV-watching. As young Singaporeans are exposed to television shows and media sources just as American teenagers are, findings on their negative influence should be seriously considered for my project.
As the article was published recently on Jan 30 2009, the information is up-to-date. The author uses interview excerpts from professionals – Frederick J. Zimmerman from the Child Health Institute and Kimberly M. Thompson from the Harvard School of Public Health. Both institutes are highly reputable and influential in American health matters. Thus, they have the responsibility of presenting accurate information to the public.
In the article, Zimmerman states that heavy TV viewing, especially of food advertising makes a difference to children’s diets. I agree, as advertisements have the cumulative effect of portraying unhealthy food as desirable and this undermines efforts to encourage a healthy lifestyle. This potentially explains the result in a recent study by a Canadian medical publication where physical fitness programmes in schools do not appear to combat obesity . Such advertising promotes food that goes against recommended dietary requirements and in the case of Singapore, the negative trend presents an obstacle to the success of Health Education, Trim and Fit and other comprehensive wellness programmes in school. Furthermore, a report from UK’s...
...A receivable represents a company’s claim on the assets of another receivable.
Account Receivable: is an amount owed by a customer, who has purchased the company’s product or service.
Receivables are recorded at the time of the sale.
Net Realizable Value: the amount of cash that a company expects to collect from its total or gross accounts receivable balance. It is calculated by subtracting from gross receivables the amount that a company does not expect to collect.
ALLOWANCE: the amount that a company does not expect to collect is usually called an allowance.
Recording BAD DEBT EXPENSE:
Recording a Write-off: regardless of the method used to account for uncollectible receivable, a company must write off a receivable when it is deemed to be uncollectible. Under the direct write off method the company writes off the receivable and records bad debt expense. However under the allowance method the company writes off the receivable and reduces the balance in the allowance account that was created when bad debt expense was recorded.
Recording the Recovery of a Write-off :Occasionally, a company will collect a receivable that it had previously written off.
**When estimating bad debt expense companies may use one of two difference approaches.** 1) percentage-of-sale approach 2) percentage-of-receivable approach. …
Percentage of sale approach: bad debt expense is a function of a company’s sale. It is calculated by multiplying sales for the period by...
...A Summary of Mike Alsford’s
“The Primal Question: What Are We?”
In book “What If: Religious Themes in Science Fiction”; the second chapter, “The Primal Question: What Are We?” Mike Alsford talks about science fiction as anthropology and how he has grouped the understanding of human beings into four categories: Subjects; Agents; Contingent; and Relational/Social. Alsford uses a lot of science fiction TV; Movies; and novels references to explain his conclusion as to “What Are We.”
Science fiction as anthropology
SF as anthropology is the exploration of human identity, the human condition and what constitutes human-ness. Is he human or property is the question in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Data an android is put on trail to establish his rights. What does constitute being human? Alsford states that it is important to learn to read future fiction sensitively one is to identify the concerns that lie behind the unusual scenarios. Is it physical, mental, moral, social; is it whatwe call our soul or our relationship with God?
“Human being as subject:
In this section ‘I think, therefore I am’ Alsford looks into human beings as subjects and refers to the philosophy of Rene Descartes concerning human nature. Descartes theorized that if he thought that something is false and he is...
...We are whatwe buy
Ryan (Shizhe Ruan)
We live in a modern world where full of mass consumption, after industrial revolutions, the new technology allowed productive forces to be improved significantly as the development of history. Companies gained the ability to quickly produce a great deal of material items. In order to make profits via these products or services they offered, they persuade people to purchase them by adopting different marketing means. As a result of technologically and financially prosperity, and of course the marketing force, a material consumption culture had been created and we can simply argue that we cannot live without consumption nowadays, it is not only about buying of whatwe need, its influence had extended to the identities of our-self due to that the power of marketing allows consumers to gain the signs of success, achievement, prosperity and so on, through their consumptions. Actually, we not only construct our identities based on whatwe purchased, but...
...especially in that of a human. Many people choose to believe what they see, and believing links with knowing as it is a component of knowing. We also choose to see whatwe believe and therefore both statements are complimentary.
Human beings tend to believe with evidence rather than believing in something blindly. Belief is usually based on evidence and the evidence is usually linked with our senses. If we see something, we believe in it because we are able to back our assumption with evidence because wehave witnessed it.
Human reality may also be based on scientific evidence because science which involves historical evidence is able to prove certain theories. Even though we may not witness it with our senses, we believe in the theories accepted by many other scientists. For example, the world trade center was demolished on September 11th, 2001. We suddenly think, how is it possible to destroy one of the greatest and tallest buildings in the world even after the first attempt to destroy it back in 1993. Suddenly as we see it everywhere in the news and read it everywhere, we strongly believe in it rather than half believing in it because wehave seen images and video clips of the incident.
Humans, according to E.F. Schumacher have the...
...Whatmakes us whowe are?
Whatmakes us whowe are can be a lot of different things, people or experiences. Knowing whatmakes us whowe are is important because that’s what the world see’s. That’s the impression people get from you, and usually their attitude towards you. Your culture and the people you spend time around are usually the most influential.
Culture is the single most powerful influence on how we perceive the world and everything in it. Anyone who does not share in our culture will always appear odd and they will think the same of us. Every culture has their own “rules”, guidelines, social expectations. Not following these usually result in rejection and isolation, not a good feeling. The problem is not everyone will want to follow the same beliefs as the people that brought them up, or even of their whole culture. Going against the norm is a difficult step to take, but worth it in the end. That step is what pushes society forward, it’s whatmakes us more accepting and just overall better as a whole.
The people we grow up around are the most influential people of our lives. If you grow up with people who bring you up with good values, you’ll live your life with those and...