NEPTUN Biography



JAIDEN CRUGER, Debate Enthusiast from Boulder




Major: Bioengineering

College/Employer: NEU

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Jaiden is a first year majoring in bioengineering and minoring in computer science. Despite her STEM focused classes, she sees the value the humanities can provide. She believes every person deserves strong speaking and reasoning skills. And, rather than see philosophy as just another ivory tower discipline, she believes in the power of philosophical thought to add meaning and reason to everyday life.



Past Classes

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Philosophy of The Good Life in Waterfall Fall 18
What defines a life well lived? How can you live your best life? Clearly, these questions have no definitive answers, but that’s what makes philosophy fun! Through philosophical discourse, you can deepen your outlook on friendship, love, careers, and way of life. Among others, we will study the work of Aristotle, Diogenes, and Nietzsche, focusing on how you can apply their work to your everyday life. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members.


Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Gender in Waterfall Fall 18
What is love? Who can consent to sex, and how? Is gender fixed, fluid, something else? These are just a sampling of the questions we will discuss in this course. Through studying various philosophical theories, we can deepen our understanding of love, sex, and gender, as well as how it affects the world around us. Among others, we will study the work of Plato, Nietzsche, and Foucault. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members.


How to Win an Argument in Splash Spring 2018
Do you want to convince your parents to let you go to that party on Friday? Bring your friend over to the other side of a political issue? Or just get a better grade on an upcoming class presentation? In this class, we will study both the construction and delivery of arguments, through both a classical and contemporary lense. We will apply what we’ve learned through in-class speeches.


Practical Philosophy in Splash Spring 2018
This course will discuss how YOU can apply philosophical theory for every day life. Life involves a ton of decisions, and philosophical frameworks help us make those decisions with better reasoning. Learn to navigate topics such as Being a Better Person, Ethics, Religion, and Sex. The class will focus on seminar-style discussion, giving you the chance to voice your opinions and engage with other class members.


How to Win an Argument in Splash Waterfall 2017
Do you want to convince your parents to let you go to that party on Friday? Bring your friend over to the other side of a political issue? Or just get a better grade on an upcoming class presentation? In this class, we will study both the construction and delivery of arguments, through both a classical and contemporary lens. By the end of the class you'll be an expert in logical fallacies, the structure of arguments, and the psychology behind changing people's minds. We will apply what we’ve learned through in-class speeches and activities.