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 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

Schedule updates and other stuff

Just to get it all out – for Oct 5, 6 – the readings are the two pieces by W Egginton (p95/p99) AND the first two sections of Unflattening (“Flatness” and “Flatland”). Sorry A-day kids, I added that after seeing you yesterday.

And to think about how ideas of the Andy Clark pieces are engaged in current thought, here are a couple of examples I came across yesterday:

Ape Cognition studies

Spider Cognition

The one on apes is particularly fascinating in that it powerfully suggests that how we have studies and tested apes has affected what we have learned about them. The kicker is that we were not aware of that bias for a long time. It’s also worth noting that Andy Clark is referenced in both articles. Just saying.