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.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/books/review/adam-becker-what-is-real.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks&action=click&contentCollection=books&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

 

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.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/opinion/transparency-fake-news.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront

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Final Exam Help

You might want to watch this 6 minute video on one way to make art, it could be useful or suggestive for your work on the Final. Enjoy.

How a Hit is Made

np: Bob Dylan “He’s Funny That Way” from the RSD release Universal Love.

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

Details:

  • 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

Enjoy.

np: The Del-Byzanteens “Girls Imagination”

 

For those walking today – 3.14

via Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers. – The New York Times

and this

America has failed its kids on guns

and if you want to think about it in relationship to what counts as knowledge and who gets to decide what is knowledge, there is this – which might offer a suggestion for another approach as to what can start to be done

Congress has quashed research on guns

#neveragain