A couple of things to consider as you find yourself thick in the college admissions process.
Almost as if on cue, Alva Noe has a new post about whether it is literally possible to know what is going on inside another person – this time from the realm of medical science. This picks up right where “Is Being the Same for Everyone?” left off and I think together they point out that the answers to these questions are not just philosophical but are both political and medical – and by extension there, ethical. And to me, that is what ToK is about – as our conceptions of knowledge grow, shift, expand, what do we then do? what knowledge do we create/construct out of these new formulations? These concerns affect directly the kind of knowledge we have and the kind of knowledge we will create. I guess what I am saying is that these questions are imminently practical, applicable, and timely.
Happy Saturday morning to you.
Go into the darkest room you can find and then watch this. Listen closely to what he says about light and our perceptions – it’s like a mini-ToK class.
I’ve seen a retrospective of his work and it is utterly amazing. Check it out.
This is the list for starters – I’m going to keep adding to it, so keep coming back.
For use with “Gut hack” you might consider:
For use with thinking about the interaction between science/knowledge, the community, and the individual, consider these:
For thinking about scientific method(s):
Peer-review, paradigms, interpretive communities, gender, and more all rolled into one large foray into knowledge-making. It’s like watching ToK in action.
He is a gift, a national treasure. Any chance you get to read, listen, or spend time in any way with Billy Collins, you should. And if he speaks at wherever you go next year, you MUST go. It’s an assignment.
My favorite moments:
want to be taken seriously as an intellectual/good poet? read. Lots of it. Difficult stuff like Milton and Wordsworth.
want to be a success? fail. Learn to fail and to keep on. Learn how to fail. Do it lots.