ESP Biography

STEPHEN RAYNES, Columbia University sophomore studying Philosophy

Major: Psychology/Business Management

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Member of the Mens Swim Team

Past Classes

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H49: An Illusion of Free Will in Splash Spring 2013 (Mar. 30, 2013)
Do people (or animals) have free will? Is consciousness a subjective experience, or a byproduct of predetermined biological factors? How much choice does one truly have in their thoughts and actions? These deep metaphysical questions will be explored through current understandings of quantum mechanics, philosophy, and psychology.

H3: Transcending Law and Order in Splash Fall 2012 (Oct. 14, 2012)
Is committing a crime always a bad thing? Are there ever instances when crimes can have benefits for an individual or society that outweigh its illegality? We will examine the morality and ethics of crime and determine its positive and negative consequences. Specifically, we will do this by looking at Raskolnikov of Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, in order to demonstrate the pitfalls of transcending law and order.