Synthetic Statements

The verification principle of meaning states that any synthetic statement has meaning as long as we know what difference we would see in the world if it were proven to be true. Further more, it also deals with synthetic statements that can be true but could also change and need evidence to prove its truth. Synthetic statements are seen through out the world especially in the news. An example of a synthetic statement deals with Bernie Saunders. In the article, it states that, “After denying in a Democratic debate last week that he told Sen. Elizabeth Warren a woman could not be elected president.” This claim is a synthetic statement because evidence is needed to prove its truth. If this statement were true we would see more people reacting to this news and, potentially, would negatively impact Bernie’s campaign. Another example of a synthetic statement deals with First Lady Melania Trump. In the article, it states, “The president sleeps in the master bedroom on the second level of the White House residence while the first lady stays on the third floor in a two-room space that was previously occupied by former first lady Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson.” This claim is also a synthetic statement because proof is needed to confirm that Melania Trump does indeed sleep in a separate room from her husband. If this were true, it would lead the world to believe that there is an issue with their marriage and that it would confirm rumors that Trump is an awful person to be around. The last example also deals with president, which states, “The story goes that in a 1998 interview with People Magazine, Donald Trump said he was considering a run for president and would do so as a Republican because “They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.” This is also considered a synthetic statement because proof is need to confirm that it is true and there is no proof thus far. If it were to be true, it would negatively impact his chances of being elected president and he would continue to loose favoritism among his base.

Median Household Income of New Mexico

The following description is based on the 2017 median household income of counties in New Mexico.

The first map created was based on the equal interval approach. Four categories were created for this map. The categories are as follows: incomes below $47,092, between $47,092.50 and $68,125, $68,125 and $89,157.50, and greater than $89,157.5. Based on the map as seen below 26 of the 33 counties had median household incomes below $47,092.50, with 6 of them with incomes between $47,092.50 and $68,125, and 1 above $89,157.50. There was no county with a median income between $68,125 and $89,157. Based on the map, the majority of the counties live below the median household income of the U.S. Furthermore, because median household income of all counties is $46,715 and is below the national income, this indicates that the state as a whole is relatively poor, with only 5 counties living above the national average.

The second map was based on the quartile approach. For this map, 4 categories were created with an outlier. The four categories that were created were: incomes between $26,000 and $31,000, $31,001 and $35,000, $35,001 and $42,000, and $42,001 and $110,000. Based on the map, it appears that 8 counties lie between $26,000 and $31,000, 8 between $31,001 and $35,000, 8 between $35,001 and $42,000, and 9 between $42,001 and $110,000. There is also one outlier which is Los Alamos at $110,190. Based on the map, it appears that the counties with different incomes are scattered across the state with no exact patter.

The two maps show that ,depending on how data is presented and categorized, different conclusions can be made.

Map examples:

Equal Interval


Geography and Describing the World

Geography in formal terms is the study of the physical features of the earth as well as the study of human activity and how it affects or is affected by these physical features. In other cases, Geography is said to mean, “writing the world,” or “writing the earth.” This agrees with most other definitions of geography because geography simply explains and describes the physical and human characteristics of our world. Geographers seek to answer the “where” and “why.” In terms of the “where,” geographers first identify where something is located, whether that be a mountain or a group of people. Then as they are doing their research on a particular subject, they then ask themselves questions such as, why does one country have more arable land then another? Why does this group of people live in this specific area? Why is one town more wealthy than another? In doing so, they further assist in our understanding of why the world is the way it is by studying and publishing new information to keep us informed.


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