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.
I’m going to be in those Turrell pieces a-looonnnggg time.
You could read this as “See Mr Whiteside, at least I’m not doing drugs”
“I am hooked, and I don’t even know on what – just whatever this device pushes on me.”
It does make me think about Marx’s line: “Religion is the opiate of the masses” and how completely he underestimated technology.
There is your life … or there is the life you go and create. Whatever else you may think of this, he is experiencing something decidedly different, and maybe that is the question: do you want the life you have or do you want something different?
these are pretty close to my exact reasons though he is way more articulate than I am. I am drawn to his point about wanting have as many unmediated experiences as possible. In many ways that is one of my chief reasons – I want to experience life as it is in front of me.