Myth Making in a Post Modern World

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

Learning Outcomes for Bio Exam

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

Heidegger And the Question Concerning Technology

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After you’ve read Hiedegger’s Question Concerning Technology,

Heidegger believes we must understand the essence of technology in order to head down the right path of progress

http://simondon.ocular-witness.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/question_concerning_technology.pdf

think carefully and react to the questions/quotes below:

1. Why talk about the silver chalice?  What does that have to do with technology?

2.  Heidegger states, “what has the essence of technology to do with revealing? The answer–Everything.” What does he mean by this?

3.  Heidegger writes, “we are questioning concerning technology in order to bring to light our relationship to its essence.”  What is our current relationship to the essence of technology? What is YOUR current relationship to the essence of technology? 

4.  Heidegger writes, “What is dangerous is not technology…but rather there is the mystery of its essence. The essence of technology, as a destining of revealing, is the danger.”  This is a KEY sentence to understanding his whole…

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Whitehead on Math

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Alfred North Whitehead is a Brit who famously practiced philosophy at Harvard. However prior to becoming a “full time” philosopher, he was an oxford educated mathematician!

Consequently, the AOK of Math had a massive influence on his thinking and philosophy. Whitehead went on to formalize some of his musings on Math as an AOK and below are linked some excerpts from his famous work, An Introduction to Mathematics published in 1911.

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Backwards Design: From KQs to RLS

This very ugly post is your learning helper as the file will not allow itself to be attached to awakened learning or schoology 🙂 So i just copy and pasted the content below

Knowledge Issues in Math

A key skill in TOK is being able to identify knowledge issues within areas of knowledge.  This would lead to your skill in extracting knowledge questions from those issues and applying those epistemological questions of knowledge to real life situations.

But you don’t know how to do this  yet!! J

So…below are some KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS relevant to the AOK of mathematics.

Knowledge Questions in math…

 

  1. TWE is truth different in mathematics, arts and ethics? How is truth unique in mathematics? What is “truth” in math?
  2. Is complete certainty achievable? (in mathematics?)
  3. Do ideas exist?
  4. Must something have physical properties in order to exist?
  5. What role does shared knowledge play in mathematics? Does personal knowledge exist in math?
  6. What’s the difference between knowledge and imagination?
  7. What’s the role of imagination in mathematics?

YOUR TASK: Your task is to move backwards from one of the above knowledge questions to identify KNOWLEDGE ISSUES and then finally a REAL LIFE SITUATION that could have inspired the knowledge question you analyzed.

Process:

  1. Choose a knowledge question to analyze above
  2. Identify “knowledge issues” relevant to your chosen question
    1. You need to identify 3-5 knowledge claims
    2. You need to identify 3-5 knowledge issues
    3. You should reference awakenedlearning.com for information, and specifically the document linked on awakenedlearning entitled “tok understanding knowledge issues”
  3. Identify a “real life situation” that you think could give birth to the knowledge question and or claims/issues you chose to analyze. You should try to choose one in Math, but if you can’t, that’s cool.

MLK Vs. Socrates: A philosophical evaluation of Civil Disobedience

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Last class, we had a great discussion regarding the Platonic diaglogue, “Crito” as an examination of Reason. However through the course of that conversation, we examined Socrates’ arguments rationalizing his decision to accept his punishment of death.

Plato writes:

“It is not just for you to try to do to us what you’re now attempting (avoiding death punishment).  For we gave birth to you, brought you up, educated you, and gave you and all the other citizens everything we could that’s good, and yet even so we pronounce that we have given the power to any Athenian who wishes to take his possessions and leave for whatever he wants. But whoever remains with us, having ovserved how we decide civic law, we claim this man by his action has now made an agreement with us to do what we command him to do.”

This is a very similar line…

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