Letter: Religious perspectives can interfere with knowledge

Religion—Karl Marx’s “opiate of the masses”—and a thing in which people still somehow believe in. As most of us know, Carleton University was founded on secular principles, but does that mean religion cannot be a part of the school foundation or modern curriculum? Yes, that’s exactly what it means! Religion should have no influence on what is studied, except for religion because it is a piece of human history. Negative and positive aspects of human nature rely on the understanding of religious doctrine and dogma. Being a heavily-lapsed Catholic—basically an agnostic—I see religion in a negative light. However, I do have some form of respect for those who still somehow keep their beliefs and moral principles from declining platforms of […]

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Let’s talk about texting

You’re not sure if you feel ashamed or slightly amused with yourself, but either way, you did it—you said “lol” out loud in a conversation. The infamous response from all things slightly amusing to downright hilarious in our newly technological world. With “YOLO” and “sub-tweet” as recent additions to the Oxford Dictionary, it begs the question of where language quality and communication might be headed, and whether all of this lingo is improving or degrading our ability to communicate. Dat history tho Jaffer Sheyholislami, an applied linguistics professor at Carleton University, focuses on the effects of social media on language. He said contrary to popular belief, much of what we associate with texting lingo came long before cellphones. “With respect […]

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Carleton researcher hits uncharted waters on seal evolution

Recent Carleton graduate Thomas Cullen made a name for himself in the science community with a groundbreaking discovery about an ancient seal that “turns around” our understanding of seal evolution. Cullen, 25, has discovered evidence of sexual dimorphism—physical differences in anatomy between males and females, typically involving size and shape—far earlier than the trait was previously thought to exist in seals. “A lot of seals today have sexual dimorphism, so it’s not out of the question that a seal fossil would show it,” Cullen said. “What was really surprising was that this particular fossil species [is] very much at the base, the beginning, of the seal group.” Developing his master’s thesis, Cullen was working with a 20-million-year-old fossil of an […]

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Letter: There’s no such thing as race

It seems lately we’ve been throwing around words like “race” and “racism” lately, especially in terms of white supremacy. Well in an effort to have an open dialogue, let’s talk about race. Really simple here folks. Race does not exist. Now let me give some very quick history about homo sapien sapiens, and yes I am going with the rather controversial form of our scientific name under the argument that homo sapein neanderthalensis is a sub species of the genus homo. We, in all our hominidae glory are a very young species. We only came out of Africa around 70, 000 years BP. The earth, by best scientific date is 4.54 billion years old. To put it better range, compress […]

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