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Zeigists Deemed Plagiarism

I have to write an essay about plagiarism and can clearly define the term, but would like to provide a counterargument in my paper. Are you able to give me a little guidance?

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Arghh!!! Plagiarism!!! The ugly word surfaces again.

Over the course of my time as a writer, I've heard several stories from thriving functionalists about the somewhat naive and ignorant, 'boogie man' student who lives for stealing other people's work. In some cases, this may be true. There are people out there who enjoy the thrill of getting away with mischief; marxists who believe that our educational system has literally tried to set them up for failure. And so, I would like to play devil's advocate here and give a different take on how 'some' cases of plagiarism and accusations of copyright violation arise.

Let me present my case. Did you know that the famous Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray filed papers with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the same day for the same invention of the telephone? Did you know that the great Newton and Leibniz invented calculus about the same time? Or that the mysterious Darwin and Wallace came up with the theory of evolution at the same time? I didn't either until I perused the contents of this website: http://www.inventorsdigest.com/?p=3134. After discovering this information, I too began to question whether or not "the spirit of [our] age [really] conditions us for great inventions" or just those "that are timely."

Certainly, if these coincidences happened years ...

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Over the course of my time as a writer, I've heard several stories from thriving functionalists about the somewhat naive and ignorant, 'boogie man' student who lives for stealing other people's work. In some cases, this may be true. There are people out there who enjoy the thrill of getting away with mischief; marxists who believe that our educational system has literally tried to set them up for failure. And so, I would like to play devil's advocate here and give a different take on how 'some' cases of plagiarism and accusations of copyright violation arise.

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