Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Medical Dilemmas, issues of research and ethics

(Note: This article is just for essay ideas.)

The medical cases where the possible alternatives are questionable can be termed as medical dilemmas. For example, a decision regarding whether to save the mother or the child when only one can be saved during a delivery is a simple example of medical dilemma. Whichever is chosen, one life has to be sacrificed.

Another example of such a dilemma is euthanasia. To make a case on this, let us suppose a last stage cancer patient. She might be receiving treatments like radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but her death is almost certain although it can be postponed a bit further. Or let us suppose further that the doctor has declared her condition to be incurable. Cancer is a painful disease both for the patients and her caretaker. The patient is suffering badly and wants to die as soon as possible rather than to wait for the natural death suffering the pain.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Does modern business really care about the world’s environment?

The business perspectives and approaches have changed a lot in the past few decades. The traditional businesses had only one purpose; and that is to earn maximum profit from their business enterprise. However, the scenario has changed quite a lot in the past 100 years or so. The modern business however, has a newer approach and perspective in conducting their business activities. The new concept defines business entities as a member of the society which needs to discharge social responsibilities like human beings. Moreover, it has also raised more concern towards the green issues. Thus, we can anticipate that modern businesses do care about the world’s environment.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Employment is the most important factor of every economy. Do you agree?

From macroeconomic viewpoint, there are three important factors in an economy: national income, general price level, and employment. Although it is difficult to say which factor is the most important among them, there is no doubt that employment has a tremendous importance in the economy. Moreover, these factors are interdependent. Employment influences both general price level and national income. Ignoring the short term effect, the higher employment will result in a more stable general price level and more stable national income. Therefore, we can consider employment to be a very important factor of every economy.

'Time watching television is time wasted.' Is this a fair comment?

Note: This post is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

Every human activities wastes ('passes' and 'elapses' are better words I think) our time. So, we should compare whether passing our time in a certain activity is worth it or not. In my opinion, the knowledge we gain from TV is worth the time it kills. In fact, TV saves our time because if you want to get the same information by reading a book or even listening to the radio, you need to spend more time. While you may argue that accumulating information by listening to the radio is almost same as watching TV, it, in fact, is not same whatsoever. The information you can perceive by watching a television is much more vivid and effective than listening to the radio. Therefore, actually TV saves our time if our purpose is to get information by watching the TV programmes.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Assess the role that music plays in your own life.

Note: This post is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

(It is a personal essay. So, you can include your personal experiences, examples, and the like and write it in a personal tone.)

Listening to music is a favorite thing for many people. For me too, it is a pleasant pastime. Apart from a pastime, I use it while I am doing other things as well. That way I find myself more innovative and less frustrated whenever I have to face new problems during my work. Therefore, music plays a great role in my own life.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Essay ideas on Generation Gap

Note: This essay is not in GP format but this will be helpful for you to write a GP essay related to this topic.

Generation gap refers to the difference in the ways of thinking and perception in the people of two different generations which results in behavioral differences and sometimes, conflict among them. In other words, it is the difference in the thinking of the people of the older and younger generation which is generally connoted with the lack of understanding or misunderstanding between them.

Friday, October 4, 2013

'A good film should reflect real life.' To what extent do you agree?

Note: This post is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

This question is relatively easy. You should write whether you agree with this statement or not. I would approach this essay like this:

Reflecting real life is only one of the many possibilities for a good cinema. Depicting real life has its own appeal. Such films particularly raise socio-cultural and contextual issues of a given place at a given time. For instance, some films raise the issue of "civil war", some raise about rural life, others about poverty or some kinds of epidemics and pandemics, etc. Such films are necessary especially to create awareness among the people, portray the situation of a place to the whole country or world, and so on. Moreover, the viewers are more likely to empathize with such films.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In your society, how far is equality for all a reality?

In the Singaporean society, equality for all can be a possibility, but is not likely in the near future. Meritocracy may make equality for all a reality eventually. However, at present equality for all remains far from being a reality in Singapore due to the existing gender and age discrimination.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Should Euthanasia be legalized?

According to the International anti-euthanasia Task Force, “Euthanasia is defined as intentionally making someone die rather than allowing them to die naturally.” Euthanasia is a serious topic today. It is a crime rather than a cure and at the same time it is an answer to the suffering of the dying patient. This creates a controversy on whether euthanasia is good or bad. Thus, is euthanasia a solution to the torture of dying patients and their relatives, or is it just a way to eliminate bedridden patients?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Slow Writing Speed? No Problem!

Many students know the answer of the questions but fail to complete the paper in the time frame of the examination. Why does this happen? Is it only because of slower writing speed or are there any other reasons. In this article, I will explain the various reasons which make you unable to complete your answers in time and the ways to combat this problem, particularly during your exam.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Probable Questions for Oct/Nov 2013

The questions in the examinations are chosen randomly to make it difficult for us to predict. That is why it is a difficult task, and it is a matter of fact that no one can predict the questions for any examinations with certainty.

Guesswork does not need to be right, you may wonder. So, what’s the big deal here?

Approaching the vague questions in GP?

There are certain questions in GP which create confusion to the students. For example:
To what extent is design important in your society?
What does “your society” mean in this question?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Should every country be given a right to possess weapons of war?

Note: This post is not a complete essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

In the question like this, it would at first seem that possessing weapons by every country would be undesirable or even dangerous especially for the proponents (or advocates) of peace and harmony. However, I would take the side of ‘yes’ and show you how we can have stronger points from that perspective.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

What are the factors determining the tourist location?

Note: This post is not an essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

First and foremost, the place should have a source of attraction which can be a unique object, natural or cultural features like exciting scenery, mountain, cultural remains or buildings, and so on! Each touristic location needs to have some attracting element that will draw tourists towards it. For example, Dubai is famous for shopping; Chitwan National Park in Nepal for Royal Bengal Tiger, One Horned Rhinoceros, and many other tropical flora and fauna; Lumbini as the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha; Agra for Taj Mahal; Mecca as the religious centre of Muslims; Paris for its art galleries and Eiffel Tower; and the list goes on.

Monday, June 24, 2013

How art is an unaffordable luxury?

(Note: Here the point is to prove that “art is an unaffordable luxury”, not to discuss whether it is unaffordable or not?)

Needless to say, artworks like paintings, sculptures, crafts, and so on are expensive. But are they really unaffordable? The answer depends. The aristocratic families can easily afford art objects to buy and use them in their houses but what about the majority of the middle-class people? In most of the circumstances, the valuable pieces of arts are simply unaffordable to them.

Monday, June 17, 2013

What makes some forms of historical evidence more reliable than others?

Where was the founder of Buddhism, Gautam Buddha, born? Nepalese people consider that Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and he later went to the present day India for meditation. However, Indians claim that Buddha was born in India and that Lumbini lies in India as well. Who is to be trusted? The answer is we cannot trust anyone, but examine the historical evidences again to find out the truth behind this. This is an example of how historical evidences are sometimes unreliable to draw conclusion right away.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Why do some occupations and professions command more money than others?

Note: This post is not an essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

There is great difference in the amount of money people receive in different professions. Some professions command handsome salary whereas others just pay a nominal wage. Why does this kind of inequity prevail in the corporate world? There are a number of explanations for this question and we'll explore some of them here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

How can natural disasters be avoided or their effect be reduced?

Note: This post is not an essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

Natural calamities are one of the most dreadful things that happen in earth. They are often highly dangerous and cause great devastation and destruction. They take lots of lives sometimes as well as make the lives of the survived ones difficult by destroying their properties. Therefore, it is obvious for people to try to avoid them or reduce their effects.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

"Learn to understand, not to secure marks." Discuss

Note: This post is not an essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

The question is trying to distinguish between the two purposes of students while studying.

1) learning to understand the concept and
2) focusing on securing more marks in the exams.

Censorship is a hindrance to education. Discuss.

Censorship is a broad term. It not only means the censoring of the movies but also that of all kinds of media which can communicate information to people. Such media would include the radio, television, books, magazines, newspapers, journals and so on. All these media can be censored if the government desires to do so. Censoring means hiding some information either by removing it, changing it with a falsified story, or by using some other way that puts people in the darkness about the event concerned.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Science and technology can be more harmful than useful." What's your view?

Whether it is the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the house we live in, or any other goods and services we use on a daily basis, almost everything is the gift of science and technology. Our current life is impossible without the aid of science and technology. The credit of inventing and discovering all the modern tools, techniques and equipment goes to technology. However, the excessive commercialization of scientific inventions and their use for destructive purposes have made human life more threatening than ever. Therefore, whether science and technology are harmful or useful is a debate of how we use their product.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Can dictatorship be acceptable at any time? Discuss!

Note: This post is not an essay but will help you brainstorm to write one.

Most of the people want freedom to further their life the way they want. They want to enjoy the freedom of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. However, in a dictatorial rule, people do not get to enjoy this freedom. Therefore, dictatorship will not be acceptable to the people who believe in independence and freedom.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mobile phones: a blessing or a curse?

When everybody is busy in his/her own daily activities people find it difficult to allocate time for friends and relatives. In this context mobile phone has simplified the communication among them in various ways mainly through its ease of use and access. It manages contacts in its memory and thus we can ring to someone with few clicks of buttons. Short Message Service (SMS) is another new feature which the traditional land-line phone lacks. Its use as a multipurpose device to listen to the radio, to check emails, is not less enticing. Therefore, it has become one of the most popular gadgets in the world.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Probable Questions for May/June 2013

At first I refused to predict the questions for the coming exams of General Paper when students demanded me to do so.  I have described why I did so in this post. Nevertheless, because I found some content to share with you, I have changed my mind and am writing this post now.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Why I was reluctant to predict questions for this session?

Many of the students asked me to write a post on “probable questions” for the upcoming GP examinations in the May/June 2013 session. And I replied them that I will not publish any probable questions this session.

Here are a few reasons why I replied so?