Karl Popper, a famous Austrian philosopher of science from the 20th century put forth the thesis that too much tolerance is a bad thing.
Watch the Vice Media coverage of the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi gathering/protest below and assess your position on tolerance and censorship:
Questions to Consider:
- What arguments exist that the group should the group NOT be tolerated? I.e not allowed to protest and spread their ideas?
- What arguments can you come up with that the group should be tolerated and allowed to protest and spread their ideas?
- What dangers exist in letting the group speak? What dangers exist in preventing them from speaking?
- How would this issue be viewed from a utilitarian perspective? How would the issue be viewed from a Kantian perspective?
Popper’s argument against too much tolerance is summarized below, what logical fallacy could you argue is present in his argument?
And lastly, let’s return to our title question: is tolerance the root of democracy’s demise?
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:
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
This question may seem rhetorical, but it’s not. Seriously, why does history matter?
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.
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:
So which is it? Does history matter or not?
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:
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/
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:
After reading the above two pieces, consider the following:
- Can Rihanna and other recording artists like her be called an “artist”?
- Can James Patterson be called an “author”
- Does it matter?
- what issues are at stake in regard to Quality?
- Does the above cause you to widen or narrow your definition of an artist?