Culture Project page – all the info and then some…

So here is the definitive source for the Culture Project plus a sheaf of things that will be helpful, if you take advantage of them.

Here is the assignment: Culture Project Assn

Here is the song list: 25 Songs list

Here is a compendium of articles, etc… that may be helpful in exploring the stacks underneath the cultural forces that are at work in your song. The articles have been collected by me over the past year and are organized by categories. Feel free to use what is helpful, just remember to give author and title after the quote.

The compendium: Article collection

Finally, a few reminders: NO late work; NO digital copies – hard copies only; NO printing in LA209 (my printer died this morning anyway).

It’s a big world, you’re smart, start exploring.

Why thinking about knowledge matters …. marriage.

via Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person – The New York Times

Here in a small version is a lot of what Gilbert was talking about. It also neatly encapsulates why thinking about how you came to know something is significant for the thing that you think you know.

Let me frame it this way: this is the most accurate thing I have read about choosing a mate that I have read. Show it to the parents and see if they agree.

Bees, Cognition, and Twerking

How could I not post this? It’s got it all – bees, cognition, consciousness, and, yes, a mention of twerking. Read it and see. Plus the video is cool.

More to ToK though is the question of what does it mean for us if other entities are conscious, thinking beings (I avoided the pun). How do we define ourselves as special if other entities can do alot of what we do?

via Bumblebees Demonstrate the Power of Insect Brains – The New York Times

Also, there was this one today:

NPR – bees playing catch

And if we are in no way special, then what? Does that require any kind of shift in knowledge and/or how it gets used?

Gilbert lives on

As you stumble your way towards graduation and make choices about next year, it might be worth thinking about the differences between now and then. This article makes some of the same arguments as Gilbert though you might find them a little more practically focused. And though it is about choosing a job, the same ideas apply when making a choice about schools. Just something to ponder on this fine Mon morn.

via In Choosing a Job, Focus on the Fun – The New York Times

These are a few of my favorite things

I love life. Look at this – issues of neuroscience, knowledge, knowing, self-identity. AND David Byrne!?!?!?!! Are you kidding me? Who put this together? This is ToK as it should be – weirdo musicians and ways of knowing.

The experiments look fascinating and I love the interdisciplinary thinking that Byrne is using, not unlike his band’s interdisciplinary sound (Talking Heads for those of you not in the know). Look at all the things a ToK experience can prep you for – it’s like being an explorer, just of the mind.

via David Byrne’s Theatrical Thought Experiment in Silicon Valley | The Do List | KQED Arts