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.”
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.”
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.
Sorry for the delay. Here are the peer-reviewed articles I discussed in class concerning the debate of emotions. Enjoy.
Article #1 – Ralph’s statement
Article #2 – Barrett’s response
np: Miles Davis Star People
Here is the packet of helpful advice that we have been using in class. Though I have gone over sections of it in class, I do think that the more familiar you are with it, the more confident you will be going into the writing portion of the essay. Read it over.
Essay Helps Packet
and since you probably “lost” it, here is the rubric:
Following today’s conversation about nuance and “no-easy” answers follows these three articles which all address the ways in which knowledge is accessed. What results is complicated but significant. Enjoy.
via Why Can’t I Put My Smartphone Down? Here’s The Science : Shots – Health News : NPR
Reading and how it is taught (incorrectly)
America’s Real Digital Divide
np: “Losing My Edge” LCD Soundsystem
I saw this today and immediately thought of several things almost at once but for now I am going to leave aside the English teacher excitement of such a finding. Instead I want to think through this wearing my ToK beanie/toboggan. Read through this and see how much of this is similar to the piece we are reading in class about how a discipline is altered/created by the technology used. I am of the opinion that the humanities have only begun to understand what the computer can do and as time goes on, a paradigm shift is in the works – not unlike what happened to ethnomusicology with the advent of the phonogram. If this kind of thing strikes your interest, then look up the Stanford Literary Lab and Franco Moretti – they are seen as being on the cutting edge of this. Enjoy.
via Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays – The New York Times
np: The Hair and Skin Trading Company (early stuff)
Saw this yesterday and was greatly intrigued. It is easy to think that things will always be as they are now – some psychologists argue that is our default position. But in fact, nothing remains the same. So the question is, what to do about that? How to prepare for an ever-changing future?
Where those questions get really interesting is in the area of ethics. Here is one possible ethical response to an ever-changing future. And if you would like a more philosophical examination of this issue, then check out the pieces in your ToK Reader on pp. 303, 306, and 310.
And if you were looking for example ideas for your ToK Essay, you could do worse than this one
via No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It – The New York Times