A more contemporary paradigm shift?

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.

via Microchimerism: how pregnancy changes the mother’s very DNA | Aeon Essays


January 2018 Reading Schedule

Finally getting to posting the schedule like I promised in class. Here is a copy of it and a link. Enjoy. Really, if you let yourself engage, these readings in particular have the ability to really affect/challenge/advance/______________ your thinking – and at the very least, I think you will find them somewhat enjoyable. (Link at the bottom)

January 2018 Reading Schedule

Jan 8-9: David Foster Wallace “Tense Present” ToKRp12+

Jan 10-11: Thomas Kuhn “The Route to Normal Science” ToKRp41+

Jan 12-19: Exam week: EE process evaluation/reading/reading discussion

Jan 12-Feb 2: schedule and have your Viva Voce

Jan 23-24: Stanley Fish “How to recognize a Poem When You See One” ToKRp32+

Jan 29-30: Stanley Fish “What Makes an Interpretation Acceptable” ToKRp40+

Feb 2: Viva Voce write-up due in Managebac

Feb 1-2: chapter 1 in The Wayfinders due

Jan 2018 Reading Schedule

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 grade 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