The Playlist for Dylan and other stuff

Here, at long last, is the link to the Spotify playlist to accompany the reading on page 4 of the ToK Reader. Enjoy.

Dylan playlist

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.


VSI and the ToK Life

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

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.”


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.”

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


  • 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


np: The Del-Byzanteens “Girls Imagination”