Fish & Einstein – Together At Last

While you have been testing, I have been grading though I have taken a few breaks. During one of them today, a paragraph caught my attention because it reminded me of a paragraph from yesterday. Spooky action indeed.

James Gleick “What does quantum physics actually tell us about the world?” NYT, May 8, 2017

“The first proof of atoms came from 26-year-old Albert Einstein in 1905, the same year he proposed his theory of special relativity. Before that, the atom served as an increasingly useful hypothetical construct. At the same time, Einstein defined a new entity: a particle of light, the “light quantum,” now called the photon. Until then, everyone considered light to be a kind of wave. It didn’t bother Einstein that no one could observe this new thing. “It is the theory which decides what we can observe,” he said.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/books/review/adam-becker-what-is-real.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks&action=click&contentCollection=books&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

 

Stanley Fish “ ‘Transparency’ is the mother of fake news” NYT, May 7, 2018

“The insistence on the primacy of narratives and interpretations does not involve a deriding of facts but an alternative story of their emergence. Postmodernism sets itself against the notion of facts just lying there discrete and independent, and waiting to be described. Instead it argues that fact is the achievement of argument and debate, not a pre-existing entity by whose measure argument can be assessed. Arguments come first; when they are successful, facts follow — at least for a while, until a new round of arguments replaces them with a new set of facts.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/opinion/transparency-fake-news.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront

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A Caution About the Final

Too many people have asked me so I must not have made it as clear as I thought it was:

YOU CANNOT TRADE/SWAP/CHANGE/STEAL/ALTER THE SONG YOU WERE ASSIGNED.

I will be checking the lists and using a different song for this project will dramatically affect your grade for the worse. Part of the last part of the course has been about encountering the other, the different, the foreign, so here is a chance to step out of your comfort zone. Enjoy it.

np: Seefeel “Filter Dub”

Final Exam Thing

Here is the digital copy of the final in case you prefer a copy with live links.

Final Exam Thing

I also encourage you to look at the NYTimes video on how “The Middle” was created. You may find it useful, especially if you are working on the creation of art (though it certainly could fit with the other two topics). You could also look at the response to the Kendrick Lamar Pulitzer for art and its function (again, though, it works with the other options.) Enjoy.

np: Seefeel “Climatic Phase #3”

IKS Finishing Guidelines

For use this week as we wrap this up:

Suggested Readings:

Indigenous Heritage and Public Musems pp1-11

How to Take Ethnographic Notes pp1-3

Exhibition Ethics

Consider that you need to address the five issues below in a manner that the general public could read them and understand them and be convinced that you know what you are talking about. Each needs a brief explanation and a Works Consulted list. Assemble these documents into an online folder and make all links live.

  • People’s Intro
  • People’s knowledge (how they see the world and how they organize the world)
  • Knowledge of these people
  • Ethics of the knowing
  • Ethics of the (re)presenting

Details:

  • do this in Google Docs;
  • 1-2 pages each; citations/sources required – these need to be live links;
  • map needs labels and marginal notes;
  • group member(s)’ names must be on it under the title of the document

Our recent readings

Given our on-going examination of indigenous knowledge and our approaches to that through a variety of readings, when I came across these articles today, I thought of our discussions from this week and thought I would share them with you. Use them as springboards for further thinking and discussion if you like.

Regarding the Alain de Botton article on marrying the wrong person: via Why marriage is both anachronistic and discriminatory | Aeon Essays

Regarding knowing the Other (and thinking of the Tibetan monks at Davidson):  The Simplistic Image of Tibetan Buddhism

Regarding knowing the Other and questions of evolution: Adapting bodies to the ocean

Enjoy.

np: The Del-Byzanteens “Girls Imagination”