Here you go. Sorry about the delay.
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.
A really nice summation of advice that you should hang onto for next year. You could even use what remains of your senior year to practice some of this.
Last minute reminder: we are having a guest speaker this morning – Stuart Watson – in the Art Gallery from 10:45 – 11:30ish. He is a retired investigative journalist. Ask your teacher if you can attend – it is not mandatory.
Reach out to your supervisor this week.
Reading: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture (pp238+)
EE help in LA209 Tues and Fri 2:30-3:30.
FYI – don’t miss out:
This article explores research in children concerning when they begin to develop awareness that others have minds that are different from theirs which is fascinating enough. But when you consider (which is beyond what the researchers are after here) the role that culture plays in constructing the very ideas that are being used to evaluate the children – lies, imagination, reason, belief, deception – well, then it starts to sound a little like the Egginton pieces. All of which means that you are likely to be doing ToK for the rest of your life.
In this Bookend section from Sunday, the discussion is essentially about whether rights are absolute or constructed. The point I want you to realize is that the class discussions have consequences in the outer world. How we frame the acquisition of knowledge does matter.