ToK Reader Table of Contents

Here you go. Sorry about the delay.

Table of Contents


Formal Announcement, Formal Grade

Details will be given in class but here are the brief and necessary parts:

Oct 23, 24 (next Mon/Tues): Comp book collection – informal grade

Oct 26 – Knowledge Construction formal gradeĀ due – pay close attention to the REQUIRED details:

  • done in google doc,
  • three tables,
  • ALL text in garamond font/10pt,
  • your section should be 500 words,
  • you must use more than 2 articles from the ToK Reader,
  • all connections should be clearly made
  • HARD copy only by Oct 26 at 2:30pm
  • failure to get me a hard copy will result in a 0 being entered for a grade

Here is the article you will need:

“How to be a Know-It-All” from the New Yorker

Here is a mock version of the google doc:

Sample google doc with table layout

ToK in real time

This touches on so many things for us it’s ridiculous. From Whitmire’s connection of rap as today’s folk music today in class to the conversation post-Monday’s speaker to Dylan’s unpacking of his world to the argument that I have been making (ala Egginton) that your knowledge is “pre-determined” by the knowledge before and around you.

This is why ToK matters – not to help you understand the article but to get you to think like Rodney Carmichael (he gets an A) – when you encounter a tweet, what questions do you ask? do you question the assumptions that are made? how do you respond to those assumptions? what are the “rules” of engagement for that discipline/subject?

Read, ponder, and turn it up.

via Why Questloves 201-Song Playlist For Keith Olbermann Is Bigger Than Hip-Hop : The Record : NPR

Construction of perceptions in music

Given our recent classroom discussions, I thought that this article made a nice pairing with them. It looks at exactly what we have been talking about in examining how a culture’s sensibilities shaped one person’s experiences which in turn shaped many others. This is a good example of that feedback that it is easy to get lost in without asking questions, such as “How is art constructed?”

via The Gay Architects of Classic Rock – The New York Times

How and when we begin to know others

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.

via When Children Begin To Lie It Shows Positive Brain Development : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR