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.

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

The Indigenous Knowledge/Anthropology Project

Here are folders with the documents you will need to work on the IKS project. You will also need to have Wayfinders read by Mar 15-16.

Areas of Inquiry

Anthropological Theories

Remember that you are only responsible for the ones that your group decided on. You should start thinking about the connections between these two concepts and Wayfinders (this will be some form of assessment coming soon) as well as your region of the world (don’t forget the music). And if you want to look ahead, ultimately we are going to attempt to trace the flows of knowledge across the world map so you can consider that as well. See? The fun never stops in ToK – the only class you have taken that is about life in all its complexities.

np: Doom Side of the Moon