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Following today’s conversation about nuance and “no-easy” answers follows these three articles which all address the ways in which knowledge is accessed. What results is complicated but significant. Enjoy.
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New interpretation? paradigm shift? any of these are possible as continued work reveals new findings in the sciences. As more work is done in this area, the implications get wider and wider. If plants are conscious, then what does “life” mean? does this mean we need to re-think certain ethical concepts? does it mean that Burger is in fact related to the trees?
At any rate, this article does a good job of presenting the role of interpretation in science. Enjoy.
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If you want to explore a more recent exploration about existent paradigms and possible shifts, then check this out. It gets a little technical for us non-biology types, but I made it through and was greatly intrigued. Part of my fascination is from the suggestion that if “we are all multitudes” then what does that do to psychology and/or religion?
And, are paradigm shifts ever just in one discipline, or are they part of a larger shift in the “gestalt”? Enjoy.
This article explores research in children concerning when they begin to develop awareness that others have minds that are different from theirs which is fascinating enough. But when you consider (which is beyond what the researchers are after here) the role that culture plays in constructing the very ideas that are being used to evaluate the children – lies, imagination, reason, belief, deception – well, then it starts to sound a little like the Egginton pieces. All of which means that you are likely to be doing ToK for the rest of your life.
Just to get it all out – for Oct 5, 6 – the readings are the two pieces by W Egginton (p95/p99) AND the first two sections of Unflattening (“Flatness” and “Flatland”). Sorry A-day kids, I added that after seeing you yesterday.
And to think about how ideas of the Andy Clark pieces are engaged in current thought, here are a couple of examples I came across yesterday:
The one on apes is particularly fascinating in that it powerfully suggests that how we have studies and tested apes has affected what we have learned about them. The kicker is that we were not aware of that bias for a long time. It’s also worth noting that Andy Clark is referenced in both articles. Just saying.