21st Century: Query 159 (James Watson)

“We’re not all equal, it’s simply not true. That isn’t science.

~ James Watson, an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist. In 1953, he co-authored with Francis Crick the academic paper proposing the double helix structure of the DNAmolecule. He courted controversy when he insisted early on that, genetically speaking, Whites, on average, have higher I.Q.s than Blacks. In a 1 January 2019 New York Times article, Watson doubled down on his assertion of genetic inequality: “If the difference exists, we have to ask ourselves, how can we try and make it better?” He added, “And there’s a difference on the average between blacks and whites on I.Q. tests. I would say the difference is, it’s genetic.”
While some anecdotal studies show that Blacks perform less well in school and in other situations than Whites, what causes other than genetics might be true?

While his comments, in 2020, are definitely controversial, in what context is Watson defining the term “equal”?

Even as he …

Part 1: Query 253

Qu. Whether as credit became current, and this raised the value of land, the security must not of course rise?

21st Century: Query 158 (Dorothea Dix)

“Why not, when it can be done without exposure or expense, let me rescue some of America’s miserable children from vice and guilt?”

~ Dorothea Dixwas an American advocate on behalf of the indigent mentally ill who, through a vigorous and sustained program of lobbying state legislatures and the United States Congress, created the first generation of American mental asylums.
How might we apply this concept to the foreign-born children now being held in modern day concentration camps?

Part 1: Query 252

Qu. Whether mismanagement, prodigal living, hazards by trade, which often affect private banks, are equally to be apprehended in a public one?

21st Century: Query 157 (Charlemagne or Charles the Great)

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

~ Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, was King of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and Emperor of the Romans from 800 to 813, when he effectively turned the crown over to his son Louis the Pious, king of Aquitaine.
How might this statement ring true?

Are multi-lingual speakers innately more intelligent than mono-lingual speakers? Why or why not?

Should U.S. schools be required to teach a second language to all students, beginning in Kindergarten? Why or why not?

If so, what second language should they learn?

What seems to hold the U.S. back in the teaching of foreign languages?

21st Century: Query 156 (Benjamin Franklin and Donald Trump)

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.”

~ Benjamin Franklinwas an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia’s first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2018 Donald Trump seemed to prove Franklin’s truism when he said, “I would give myself an A+” and “You know, I was dealt a lot of bad hands.” On the ridiculous scale of 1-10, 10 being the most foolish, how would you rate these two Donald Trump quotes? Why?

Part 1: Query 251

Qu. Whether the public can become bankrupt so long as the notes are issued on good security?

21st Century: Query 155 (Rene Descartes)

“In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.”

~ Rene Descartes, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. He was a native of the Kingdom of France, he spent about 20 years (1629–1649) of his life in the Dutch Republic after serving for a while in the Dutch States Army of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange and the Stadtholder of the United Provinces. One of the most notable intellectual figures of the Dutch Golden Age, Descartes is also widely regarded as one of the founders of modern philosophy.

What is the difference between “learning” and “contemplating”?

Based on his assertion, is Descartes advocating for less formal schooling? Why or why not?

Part 1: Query 250

Qu. Whether on supposition that the specie should fail, the credit would not, nevertheless, still pass, being admitted in all payments of the public revenue?

21st Century: Query 154 (Robert Bunsen)

“Working is beautiful and rewarding, but acquisition of wealth for its own sake is disgusting.”

~ Robert Bunsen, a German Chemist and inventor of the Bunsen Burner.
How might this statement apply to our materialistic culture?

What are some signs that indicate a culture may be turning to greed?

Part 1: Query 249

Qu. Whether the notes of this national bank should not be received in all payments into the exchequer?

21st Century: Query 153 (Maxim Gorky)

“A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.”

~ Maxim Gorky was a Russian and Soviet writer, a founder of the socialist realism literary method, and a political activist.

What are the dangers of a leader who is both stupid and brutal?

Part 1: Query 248

Qu. Whether it would or would not be right to appoint that the said interest be paid in notes only?

21st Century: Query 152 (A. E. Housman)

“The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.”

~ A. E. Housman, as an English classical scholar and poet, is best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.
How might this statement apply to empty promises and outright lies?

Part 1: Query 247

Qu. Whether interest paid into the bank ought not to go on augmenting its stock?

21st Century: Query 151 (Angela Davis)

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change; I am changing the things I can no longer accept.”

~ Attributed to Angela Davis, an American political activist, academic, and author.
She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ideologically a Marxist, Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA until 1991, after which she joined the breakaway Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. She is the author of over ten books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system.

What does this statement reveal about the speaker?

In what way does the statement differ from The Serenity Prayer? Remain the same? 
The Serenity Prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

Part 1: Query 246

Qu. Whether the exceeding this measure might not produce divers bad effects, one whereof would be the loss of our silver? [Admin. Note: I believe the term “divers” refers to underwater explorers of treasure, such as coins and other valuables.]

21st Century: Query 150 (Tommy Orange)

“The more specific your details, the more universal your story.”

~ Tommy Orange, author of There There, at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, November 23, 2019.

Orange is a novelist and a writer from Oakland, California. His first book There There was one of the finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. Orange was also the recipient of 2019 American Book Awards. Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He attended Institute of American Indian Arts and earned the Masters in Fine Arts. He was born and raised in Oakland, California and currently resides in Murphys, California, where he lives with his wife and son.

Although this statement may seem contradictory, how might it be true?

Name a story, play, essay, or poem that shows this statement to be true or false. Explain.

Part 1: Query 245

Qu. Whether too small a proportion of money would not hurt the landed man, and too great a proportion the monied man? And whether the quantum of notes ought not to bear proportion to the public demand? And whether trial must not shew what this demand will be?

21st Century: Query 149 (Carl Reiner)

“It's like a bird. If he knew what he was doing, he would fall.”

~ Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher whose career spans seven decades.
What does this statement mean?

To whom could Reiner be referring?

Part 1: Query 244

Qu. Whether interest doth not measure the true value of land; for instance, where money is at five per cent, whether land is not worth twenty years’ purchase?

21st Century: Query 148 (Grover Cleveland)

“Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.”

~ Grover Cleveland, an American politician and lawyer, was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office (1885–1889 and 1893–1897). He won the popular vote for three presidential elections—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was one of two Democrats (with Woodrow Wilson) to be elected president during the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933.
How might this statement no longer be true?

Name a leader, past or present, who represents the best or worst of Cleveland’s assertion.

Explain why you have selected this specific leader for analysis.

21st Century: Query 147 (St. Patrick)

“The most High approveth not the gifts of the wicked.”

~ Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland,” he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, the other patron saints being Brigit of Kildare and Columba. He is venerated in the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Lutheran Churches, and the Old Catholic Church, and in the Eastern Orthodox Church as equal-to-the-apostles and Enlightener of Ireland.
How may Evangelicals, in 2020, reconcile this sentiment to their absolute support of a rogue and amoral president?

How can our current religious leaders change how we allow such evil to prevail?

How have we begun to see cracks in the absolute Evangelical support of our current President

Part 1: Query 243

Qu. Whether this may not be prevented by the gradual and slow issuing of notes, and by frequent sales of lands?

21st Century: Query 146 (James Madison)

“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”

~ James Madison, 4th President of the United States. Madison was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, philosopher and Founding Father who served as president of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the Constitution of the United States and the United States Bill of Rights. He co-wrote The Federalist Papers, co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party, and served as the fifth United States secretary of State from 1801 to 1809.
If our leaders routinely abuse their power, why or why not should ordinary citizens abuse their liberty?

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