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?

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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Knowledge is a Gift

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Since it’s Christmas and Chinese New Year season, I decided that you all should give the gift of knowledge!!! WOOT WOOT!

Your task is to educate your classmates on the power of psychology!  You need to reflect on the following learning outcomes form the Biological Level of Analysis and create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate your fellow students:

  1. Environmental affect on physiology (brain plasticity)
  2. Biological correlates of addiction (avoid adderral perhaps?)
  3. Interaction between Cognition and Physiology on behavior (meditation / mindfulness)
  4. Extent to which genetics influence behavior

Your explicit assignment is linked here: biological-level-of-analysis-psa

 

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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Designing A Health Promotion Campaign

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Your task is to design a health promotion campaign that is research based and grounded in empirically supported models and theories of health promotion (this is a Health Psych Learning outcome)

Your Requirements and resulting procedure is as follows:

  1.  What element of wellness do you want to promote!?
  2. Who is your “target population”?
  3. Which social cognition model (TRA, HBM, SET=>TPB or PHA)  or health promotion strategy does your campaign leverage? 
  4. Explain how your promotion campaign is related to the aforementioned model or strategy. What element of the model or strategy does your campaign leverage in order to be successful?
  5. Design a plan of implementation
  6. Explain why you think this plan would work!
  7. Create 1 artifact…POSTER; plan for commercial; print ad; banner add online, brochure.

Election Day Reading!

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Since we’ll be in the PAC watching the returns, here are two articles you should read between prognostications! Be ready to discuss both next class!

The Brains of Buddhists: A great Atlantic Piece elucidating the work of Richard Davidson. Excellent for LOs of evaluating coping strategies of stress as well as BLOA cognitive effect on physiological process!

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/07/dalai-lama-neuroscience-compassion/397706/

Generation Adderall: Really interesting New York Times piece by a former Adderall addict

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/magazine/generation-adderall-addiction.html