Here, at long last, is the link to the Spotify playlist to accompany the reading on page 4 of the ToK Reader. Enjoy.
And here are some friendly reminders about the days to come:
ToK Reader – articles starting on the following pages are due by Nov 13: 4, 9, 11, 15, 53, 55
VSI – have at least 25% of it read
EE – I am giving you 3 hours to work on it – please make smart use of that time. Your drafts are due Nov 19, 20 – No Exceptions.
Two things: 1) here is the link to the VSI guided reading questions you put in your Comp Book. Requests have been made suggesting that it might be easier to answer and organize your thoughts if you could see ll the questions gathered in one place. That seemed reasonable and appropriate, so here you are.
VSI Guided Questions
2) Here is a link to an article about the current Alex Honnold documentary, “Free Solo”. Alex is an extraordinary rock climber, specializing in climbing without a rope (“free-soloing”). The movie is both a riveting and beautiful account of his attempt to free-solo “El Capitan”, one of the largest and most iconic rock walls in the world. The article makes the case that he is living a radically truthful life. When I saw it last night, I thought of it as more of a “ToK life”. I was struck by his interrogation and investigation of what it means to truly, deeply live. I also couldn’t help but notice that he was an IB student in high school in Calif. and while he doesn’t call out ToK in specific, I am claiming it. So, look for yourself and see how someone lives their life. Here’s the link and the movie is at the Manor.
Alex Honnold and the Lived Life
What a gift to have a rainy day off when you need to do a little research/note-taking. To help with that I suggest you give a few minutes to looking at this link which delineates the difference between quoting – paraphrasing – summarizing. Good times.
OWL on quotes/paraphrases/summaries
This for the Table of Contents page:
List of Interesting Readings for Knowledge Growth
And this is for the inside cover:
Six Locales for Gathering Knowledge
It would behoove you to print these out and tape them in the appropriate location.
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.”
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.”