Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The above image is of a single drop of sea water. Here is a link to the article. You can't see this stuff with the naked eye.
Remember, new technology often plays a significant role in shifting current scientific thinking (theories). Methodology in the natural sciences requires that new information is continuously re-assessed. We call that Scientific Method. Brush up on it, folks.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Inside things do not go well and when Blomkvist is captured, Vanger points out how Blomkvist did not need to come in when invited, he had a bad feeling about it, but he came in anyway. Vanger remarks how hard it is to appear impolite, to say no even when the stakes are high.
And stakes were high during the recent storm when passengers returning to Halifax from Cuba on an Air Transat flight made repeating attempts to land in high winds. Listen to the following description of events by one of the passengers, Craig Jackson. The 11 minute interview is well worth a listen in terms of ToK. Of particular interest is Jackson's description of passenger dynamics in the Montreal airport prior to their second and third attempted landings. Related links are below.
Folks, this is just the sort of Real Life Situation you should now be looking for since presentations (and Spring?) are just around the corner.
Craig Jackson on Mainstreet
The following related articles may suggest ways in which the above Real Life Situation might be framed by a Knowledge Question:
An article in the NYTimes Sunday Review regarding research into our difficulties saying no: the impact of advice.
Wikipedia's outline of the Milgram Experiment.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
One which surfaced reminded me of this article: Can phobias (instincts) be genetic (DNA)?
An interesting article regarding research into the role of intuition in decision making will be one of two required readings on the topic. Please begin a list of times when you feel/have felt intuition at work in your own experience. The list, along with reflections following your reading, will be an assessed element when you next pass in your journals. Remember to return to your original diagram and discuss any changes in your perspective following more in depth reading and discussion.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
We have to do it for the Presentation, so let's start practicing, pronto! The ability to do this well is key to your assessment.
Here's some real life 'stuff' to ponder:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
1) Scope, Motivation, and Applications:
- the range of the specific AoK within the totality of human knowledge and how that knowledge is used.
- the specific methods or procedures used in an AoK, and the assumptions that underlie those methods
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Over the next few weeks, I will attempt to post articles relevant to each Area of Knowledge. The first step is to summarize and writing a precis is excellent practice. Other options will be made available for your March Precise, but any of the articles posted here are excellent candidates as well.
Click here to read a New York Times article involving research in moral consistency and moral compensation. Think about how you would decontextualize the article via Knowledge Questions. theoryofknowledge.net has excellent examples here.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Mathematics: "Numbers never end."
Natural Sciences: "All matter has mass" and "Human's need water/oxygen to survive."
We considered each in relation to eight Ways of Knowing (WoK) and attempted to prioritize the role applicable WoKs played in each case:
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Create a Journal Entry for one of the above essay titles. You might also consider Option 3 below and the attached graphics.
“Knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organization of facts.” Discuss this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge.
You can read more about maintaining your ToK Journal in this previous blog post.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
An illusion that "exploits our brain’s strategy for making sense of the visual world: uniting what it actually sees — known as bottom-up processing — with what it expects to see based on prior experience — known as top-down processing."
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Here's a local issue ripe for analysis in terms of Knowledge Issues. This week, let's look at this topic. Consider the links below. Look for your own and bring them to class. Try to remain open-minded. How would you prepare a presentation on this topic? Can you rely on my guidance and the suggestions below given my emotional attachment to the subject? (More about that on Monday.)
Mitch Tweel on Crow plague in uptown Charlottetown.
The Guardian reports residents terrified.
CBC article indicating the Victoria Park crow situation may have N.S. roots.
Caws and Effect Penn State wildlife scientists study urban-roosting crows.
Russell, Charlottetown's talking crow.
"While rock doves (pigeons), house sparrows, and crows are not considered protected birds on P.E.I. (unlike migratory birds, birds of prey, and game birds), causing unnecessary pain and suffering is against the law regardless of the species of bird involved." Peter Foley, DVM in a letter to the editor, Charlottetown Guardian. Read more in P.E.I.'s Fish and Game Protection Act.
International guiding principles for biomedical research involving animals which states, "Investigators and other personnel should never fail to treat animals as sentient, and should regard their proper care and use and the avoidance or minimization of discomfort, distress, or pain as ethical imperatives."
A Murder of Crows from CBC's The Nature of Things.
Joshua Klein's Ted Talk on the intelligence of crows:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I am working on my TOK journal today and in the process of doing some on-line research, came across this blog post which may be of interest.
When you finished reading Lagematt on Perception (pages 85-110), why not consider this:
Is all creative work derivative?
We will go ahead with our screenings tomorrow and I hope to have something to share with you regarding expectations for your TOK journal.
And if you enjoyed our conversation last week about truth and cliches, you might also enjoy this on-line Cliche Finder
Monday, February 15, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
What is a coincidence? by Arthur Kary
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Photos by Laura O'Brien
I have always admired my friend Laura's fashion sense. Her look is whimsical, eclectic, quirky and always chic. Recently she confessed that her clothes selection is almost always based on nostalgia. In all her clothes purchases, there is a wistful desire to return to her childhood.
On the evening of our discussion she was sporting an 80's dress with drawsting waist and cuffs. Black with thin stripes in primary colours, she could not resist the purchase because of its visual reference to the LightBrite© she loved as a child.
I had been wondering about the knowledge issues implicit in fashion purchases prior to our conversation.
When I attack a thrift store bin, I clear a three foot space at the far right end and pull items one by one from the pile I have created. If bins are too full to accommodate my method, I curse the over-zealous bin stockers and move on.
As a general rule, other shoppers tend to give me sole custody of the bin during the procedure. I do, however, have occasional visitors.
What I note about these shoppers is that they seem guided by a more intuitive approach and inspect only garments of interest to them. I do an initial screen based largely on colour and many items are simply "moved" to the right, but I do feel compelled to touch and sometimes even hold to my cheek (no wonder my son finds me embarrassing at times) items of interest.
In a chapter titled "The Burning House", in the 1994 publication by the same name, Jay Ingram writes about the implications of decisions made by patients suffering from neglect. He makes reference to experiments conducted in the 70s by Timothy De Camp Wilson and Richard Nisbet which demonstrated that in everyday life most people are unaware of the influences that prompt their decisions. When asked to list possible factors influencing their choices in word-association experiments the carefully engineered word cues which had an "obvious and potent influence on the answers these subjects gave" where seldom mentioned as reasons for the decisions.
What was interesting about the experiments was that, "not only (were) most people unaware of the factors that are truly influencing their decisions -- they just don't know -- but they are also more than willing to identify a set of bogus factors --they tell more than they know.
Texture, as the cheek rubbing attests, plays a role in the decisions I make in the thrift store. Laura seems to have a more global and nostalgic connection with her purchases. What I wonder now, however, is the influence the LightBright© dress conversation has had on me. I do think about it when I clear the end of the bin and I will, no doubt, one day make such a purchase. When I do, I am certain I will recognize the influence which prompted the decision, but I wonder how many garments in my closet are mine now without my knowing why.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Most articles on Connotea- a reference management system for clinicians and scientists - are not for the faint of heart. The system may be of use, however, depending on your choice of topics for presentation or essay .
Here you will find referenced articles on Visual Focus.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thankfully, CBC's Ideas Program offers downloads and Podcasts. These are of particular interest to students of ToK. I will be starting with Episode 24 - Nicholas Maxwell. I might even buy the book.
"My Favourite Science & Knowledge Books" by DanieVDM
With notes and comments on Flickr
Sunday, June 15, 2008
My fifteen year old son loves to torment me by mentioning, with respect to my work, a comment which was made during the opening of “The Box Projects” in July of 2005. In parting, a woman refered to my pieces as “clever” and my son thought this was hilarious.
It struck a cord with me as well which seems ironic since I do consider my work more akin to parlour magic than high art.
When a fellow artist recently visited my work space and saw what I was working on, she asked, “What's this?” My heart sank as I replied, “It's just a paper cup I'm making.”
I had spent the previous week very excited about the possibilities inherent in my paper “test” and to hear myself describe it in these terms reduced it to what I, no doubt, secretly feared could be the perception of “others”.
In my work , I strive to be true to the process. I honestly don't give a lot of thought to what others will think of individual pieces. What is of interest to me, is the process inherent in story making, the revisiting of my own assumptions, the maliability of "truth" in the things I remember.
This brings criticism (from both within and without). Technique aside – all my “paintings” have more to do with cutting in and filling, for example, because of what I learned while painting door jams – the content of my work may very well just be a re-hashing of things best forgotten.
I really don't believe that, but I often think that. And I often, both in my head and in crowds of people I love, I say so.
My brain is often a blur with questions about art, and I guess what it really boils down to is a question about what it really is. Why is it important? Is it? What is its relationship to knowledge? Is it possible for it to be a way of knowing? Is making paper cups important?
Perhaps only a clever person would know for sure.