A lot of experienced and inexperienced climb mountains every year, which one of the following adjectives would you use to describe this experience? Adventurous, frightening or foolish?
Some people believe technology has brought people closer and others believe that technology actually isolate people, which one do you agree with? Explain why.
The university plans to require all dorms to remain quiet after 10pm due to two reasons. The first reason is because it offers a better environment for students to have a good rest at night. And the second reason is that students wouldn’t have scheduling problems any more and it’s better for the relationship between students. In the conversation, the woman agrees with the plan. In the first reason, she mentions that a lot of students like to study in dorms, or some of them have early morning classes, so it’s important to maintain a quiet environment in dorms. As for the second reason, the woman points out that sometimes students feel uncomfortable asking their roommates to keep it down, and the new policy would solve this problem.
In the lecture, the professor talks about the concept of outcome independence which means people tend to give better comments on those who can offer them help potentially. He offers us an example to illustrate it. Two groups of salesmen were assigned tasks and were told that they would receive a big bonus if they could finish the tasks. Then these two groups salesmen were asked to watch a video, in the video it’s a man giving a speech. The second group of salesmen were told that this guy would later join their team and help them with the tasks while the first group of salesmen didn’t receive such information. Later when they asked the salesmen to describe the man in the video, the first group of salesmen described him as a good salesman very objectively. And the second group of salesmen described him as lovable, reliable and etc. because they thought they would receive help from this man.
The woman’s problem is that she needs to do a presentation for her class in 10 minutes on the other side of campus but it’s pouring outside. There are two possible solutions for her. The first one is to borrow an umbrella from the man. And the second solution is to just go outside like this. If I were in the woman’s shoes, I’d go for the second solution because this way she will arrive to the class on time, since it’s her presentation, punctuality is extremely important. I personally don’t recommend the other solution because the man has to go upstairs to get his umbrella, it will take too much time and the woman may appear to be rude if she was late for the presentation. That’s why in this case, I think the second solution is a smarter option.
In the lecture, the professor talks about the cooperation among animals. He offers us an example to illustrate it. Usually mothers won’t allow anyone to get close to their cubs. But sometimes mother monkeys would let younger females in the group to help take care of their babies. This happens mainly for two reasons. First of all, this way mother monkeys would have time to do more important things like getting food. Secondly, this also offers the younger females a very good opportunity to learn to take care of baby monkeys, it’s sort of like a training for them, so that they are more likely to become good mothers themselves in the future.