Heidegger and Quantum Mechanics

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Most people likely don’t connect Heideggarian philosophy with quantum physics…but you’re going to! 

Watch the trailer for the film, “The Quantum Activist” below. In it, physicist Amit Goswami is discussing implications of quantum scientific concepts.

Your task is to write your Second Journal entry on the following prompt: 

How are Heidegger and Goswami’s ideas related? Discuss the connection between Heideggarian philosophy and quantum physics.

To help you better understand Heidegger, read the NY times column below:

https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/heideggers-philosophy-why-our-presence-matters/

 

Raymond Carver’s Cathedral as an analysis of perception

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Read the short story titled, “Cathedral” by the famous american author Raymond Carver linked here: cathedralraycarver

While reading the story, I want you to consider the following questions.  We’ll discuss these as a Socratic Seminar next class! 

  1. What role does perception play in the creation of knowledge in this story?
  2. What role does emotion play in the creation of knowledge in this story?
  3. At the end of the story, the husband is asked to describe a cathedral to the blind man.  Why does he struggle with this?
  4. While the blind man and the husband are drawing, what way of knowing is guiding their drawing?
  5. Discuss the ending. Why the change in emotion in the husband?

Literature Circles in TOK

Book CLUB!! Young and handsome Brad Pitt loves them, so they must be good!  We’ll have a TOK book (short story) club next class!

Read one of the short stories below, then we’ll have a lit circle!

The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock: TS Elliot POEM, but more story than poem; it’s in lyrical form, thus poem:  ts-eliot-love-song-of-j-alfred-p

We read “to shoot an elephant” you’ve likely already read 1984, here is another short story by our man George!!      orwell-a-hanging

Nabokov, Lolita author, and Famous russian…short story:  nabokov-signs-and-symbols-new-yorker

EVERYONE Read THE SCHOOL, By Donald Barthelme

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Becoming a Better Writer: Utilizing assessment as learning

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The only way to become a better writer is to write more. But just like there is intelligent athletic training, there is intelligent writing training. Just as an athlete would focus on their areas of weakness, so too must writers.

 

Your Task:

  • Open a word document
  • Title it, “Becoming a better Writer: (Enter Course Name Here: Exam)”
  • Retype the section of your essay that had a comment of error or improvement.
    • Bold the above.
    • Below the bolded retyped section, I want you to RETYPE the section CORRECTLY. Or in a better way than it was originally transposed. If there are no errors of form, but rather errors of content, then simply correct the content.
  • Continue this process until you’ve corrected all sections with comments stating a need for improvement/correction

Word Document linked here: becoming-a-better-writer

Does History Matter?

This question may seem rhetorical, but it’s not. Seriously, why does history matter?

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If you’re paying attention, you’ve seen that people can’t seem to make up their minds…the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, dismissed his gross statements about sexual assaulting women as “11 years ago” in an attempt to render them non existent by time.

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The director of the recently released, “Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker, has made a film that he claims is necessary to bring the horrid truth of slavery to the forefront of our current american culture because the past matters. Yet he dismisses his own Rape trial as irrelevant because it was “17 years ago” See slate article below:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/09/nate_parker_s_sexual_assault_trial_and_the_quest_to_confront_the_dark_side.html

So which is it? Does history matter or not?

To Shoot an Elephant: An examination of shared vs. personal knowledge

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To Shoot an Elephant? 

Not exactly, “To Be or Not to Be?” However as you’ll read, it becomes almost as heavy an existential question. 

While reflecting on how to move forward with you all, I thought it had been too long since we read some literature together and while considering what to read, I had our last class’ conversation on my mind…shared vs. individual knowledge and the interplay between the two as well as the implications.  

The following story written by the great George Orwell will bring this concept into the forefront as well as many other issues in regard to history (our next unit) and social influence on behavior. So read it, enjoy it and lets talk: 

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Artist or Artifice?

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We’ve been discussing art as a concept as well as “quality” as a way of assessing art. You, my students, have so astutely agreed that originality, creativity, and technical skill are key components in art creation. Thus, consider the following excerpt from the linked article in the Atlantic titled, “Hit Charade” 

“One term remains evasive, however: artist. In the music industry, the performers are called artists, while the people who write the songs remain largely anonymous outside the pages of trade publications. But can a performer be said to have any artistry if, as in the case of Rihanna, her label convenes week-long “writer camps,” attended by dozens of producers and writers (but not necessarily Rihanna), to manufacture her next hit? Where is the artistry when a producer digitally stitches together a vocal track, syllable by syllable, from dozens of takes? Or modifies a bar and calls it a new song?”

Read the rest of the article here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/hit-charade/403192/

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/03/26/the-song-machine

The music industry isn’t the only industry guilty of such artistic “outsourcing” …just ask our friend Mr. International! And of course, there is James Patterson:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/james-patterson-doesnt-write-his-books-and-his-newest-readers-dont-read/2016/06/06/88e7d3c0-28c2-11e6-ae4a-3cdd5fe74204_story.html

After reading the above two pieces, consider the following: 

  1. Can Rihanna and other recording artists like her be called an “artist”?
  2. Can James Patterson be called an “author”
  3. Does it matter?
  4. what issues are at stake in regard to Quality?
  5. Does the above cause you to widen or narrow your definition of an artist?