As a celebration of your work on our renaissance documentary films, we’ll have a class party while we watch your wonderful work and are educated on the causes and effects of the renaissance!
Please sign up to bring something to eat on THURSDAY for our party on the google doc below 🙂
We’ve been discussing myth making via our reading of Sapiens as well as our recent examination of the myths that exist in our society. We’ve discovered that there is often a very fine line between what Harari would describe as MYTH and what our society calls TRUTH.
While watching the Zeitgeist documentary on 9/11, many of you questioned the “truth” of the situation.
Your task is to examine work through this learning helper as it guides you through the examination of a conspiracy. We’re looking at conspiracy theories because they are excellent exercises in “truth making” Through our analysis, we’ll gain great insight into the tools of knowledge used to construct “truths” as well as gain greater insight into what that word means.
So click on the link here and start analyzing:
As you read in Sapiens, Harari contends that myths are necessary in order for humans to live in large groups cohesively. He contends that until we had myth making, we remained living in small clans of extended families. So myths certainly serve a purpose, and they certainly can unite and do good; however make no mistakes—they serve the purpose of mind control.
At this point, it’s important to comprehend that “mind control” is not meant to be a pejorative term. Mind control can be used to create a society of caring, loving, intelligent and altruistic humans. However it can also be used for a variety of other purposes.
The point of this activity is for you to become aware of the myths that surround you so that you can examine the origins of your beliefs as well as the knowledge you consume.
Download and work through this learning helper: Myth Making
Oh yea, get excited! Humanism matters! It’s not just some annoying, old, esoteric term that has no relevance to you beyond term dropping it on some exam! To see what I’m talking about, read the excerpt titled, “The Humanist Revolution” from Yvul Noah Harari’s book, “Home Deus” below:
The Humanist Revolution
See link below to lots of great knowledge questions for every 2017/18 TOK essay prompt, generated by you!
Take out a pencil and a piece of paper. This will be step 1 to elevating your analytical skills!
- Write clear directions regarding how to make a paper airplane
- Read your directions to your partner while they follow them. Repeat the process for the other partner
- We’ll discuss as a class!
Test Time! Study these learning outcomes below and don’t be like Alicia
- Discuss two effects of the environment on physiological processes
- Examine one interaction between cognition and physiology on behaviour
- Discuss the use of brain imaging technologies in investigating the relationship between biological factors and behaviour
- Discuss the extent to which genetics influence behaviour
- Examine one evolutionary explanation of behaviour