Bees, Cognition, and Twerking

How could I not post this? It’s got it all – bees, cognition, consciousness, and, yes, a mention of twerking. Read it and see. Plus the video is cool.

More to ToK though is the question of what does it mean for us if other entities are conscious, thinking beings (I avoided the pun). How do we define ourselves as special if other entities can do alot of what we do?

via Bumblebees Demonstrate the Power of Insect Brains – The New York Times

Also, there was this one today:

NPR – bees playing catch

And if we are in no way special, then what? Does that require any kind of shift in knowledge and/or how it gets used?

ToK Essay Planning document

We will go over the following in class so you do not have to do anything with it now.

Use the link below to access the ToK Essay Planning Form. You will probably need to download the form and then open it in Adobe. It is a “writeable pdf” which means you type your info in it and save. Eventually you will send it back to me and I will write in the box on the second page. Then when we submit the essay this will go with it.

tkppf-2017

ps. just as a reminder, you should be keeping up with your Comp book entries. I will be collecting them before the end of the quarter and for some of you, this grade will help.

Inconstant Constants

This is what it looks like when experts disagree, or perhaps this is what it looks like when standing on the cusp of a paradigm shift. Bear in mind that this is no small disagreement, the argument is over what the facts are – maybe a given constant in physics isn’t so constant. But for us what is more intriguing is the question as to what the new knowledge will look like and what it means for how we will do things – or as is suggested in the article, we are about to “learn new physics.”

via Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast? – The New York Times

Gilbert lives on

As you stumble your way towards graduation and make choices about next year, it might be worth thinking about the differences between now and then. This article makes some of the same arguments as Gilbert though you might find them a little more practically focused. And though it is about choosing a job, the same ideas apply when making a choice about schools. Just something to ponder on this fine Mon morn.

via In Choosing a Job, Focus on the Fun – The New York Times

These are a few of my favorite things

I love life. Look at this – issues of neuroscience, knowledge, knowing, self-identity. AND David Byrne!?!?!?!! Are you kidding me? Who put this together? This is ToK as it should be – weirdo musicians and ways of knowing.

The experiments look fascinating and I love the interdisciplinary thinking that Byrne is using, not unlike his band’s interdisciplinary sound (Talking Heads for those of you not in the know). Look at all the things a ToK experience can prep you for – it’s like being an explorer, just of the mind.

via David Byrne’s Theatrical Thought Experiment in Silicon Valley | The Do List | KQED Arts