Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One Word

So I am now finally starting my finals. Studying has commenced for a week now, and it is amazing at how much the understanding of one class is dependent on one word. One single bloody word. A word that the instructor(s) do not feel the need to explain, one that they assumed should be understood before the class is taken. And of course these are the profs that move so quickly that keeping up with the notes is all one can do let alone ask questions.
So in studying I have found theses two terms to be of great importance and I did not know the full definition, that is I knew them in context but the full meaning was lost. (How can you tell that I've been working on essay questions?)

anthropocentric[an-thruh-poh-sen-trik] (ADJ)
1.regarding the human being as the central fact of the universe
2.assuming human beings to be the final aim and end of the universe
3. viewing and interpreting everything in terms of human experience and values

autonomy [aw-ton-uh-mee] pl -mies (N)
1. independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions
2. the condition of being autonomous; self government or the right of self government; independence
3. a self governing community
4. the quality or state of being independent, free and self directing
5. independence from the group as a whole in the capacity for a part of growth, reactivity or responsiveness.

Remember, a dictionary is ones friend. An annoying, heavy, smarter-than-you, overly confident friend, but a friend nonetheless.

And now I go back to studying for a class I almost certainly can not do too well in. Adieu.


  1. I think you need a "P" in your pronuciation of anthropocentric, unless it is the highley esteemed variety of silent "P" in which case i apologize for daring to suggest that the "p" make a sound.

    The dictionary is definitly a very good friend. And mine rode around in the trunk of my car for about a year :).who says i dont treat my friends nicely ;]

  2. p what missing p, I have no idea what you speak of dear.

    remind me to think twice next time you offer to drive. . .