task: reply to this topic consciousness and everyday occurrences

Step 1: Please watch the following Ted Talk that examines the cumulative statistical frequency of everyday occurrences: Transforming Statistics into Art.

Step 2: Identify an occurrence of your choosing. The occurrence you identify should be compelling to you. It can be one discussed in the Ted Talk, or you can select one of your own. Please avoid selecting an occurrence that is potentially offensive to others; instead, choose an occurrence that either concerns you or peaks your curiosity. Examples of occurrences may be the prevalence of marijuana use among high school students in the U.S., or the comparison of the prevalence of sleep deprivation among college students in Japan and the United States.

Step 3: Conduct web research to gather at least *two* credible sources that identify the statistics and impact on the community associated with the occurrence you selected. The statistics can report prevalence in a particular U.S. state, the U.S., or any other country or region. The impact of the occurrence should be relevant to the people and/or region you identified. Use APA style in-text citations in your post. At the end of your post, compose APA style citations for your sources.

Consult the following link for guidance on APA style in-text citations: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/. Then, you can navigate the Purdue OWL website for specific types of in-text citations. 

Consult the following link for guidance on APA style citations:  https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/06/. Then, you can navigate the Purdue OWL website for specific examples if needed.

*Please note:*  You can contact our college’s librarians and also writing tutors for assistance in APA style.  You can also access online tutoring through the Writing Center in Smarthinking.  You can also access the “Ask-a-Librarian” resource at the following link:  https://go.spcollege.edu/libraries/.

Step 4: Compose a post that includes the following:

  • Identify the occurrence you selected, and report the statistics related to its prevalence. Use at least one APA style in-text citation for this portion of your post.
  • Explain the ways in which the occurrence you selected affects us as individuals and as members of a community.  Use at least one APA style in-text citation for this portion of your post.
  • Compose APA style citations for the two (or more) sources you used for your post.
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