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

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How and when we begin to know others

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.

via When Children Begin To Lie It Shows Positive Brain Development : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

Cultural Lineage

When Davis talks about the “cultural lineage” we are inheriting, I think of this kind of example – how a song, an artwork, became significant for constructions of race and gender. This little piece I think is like the beginning of ToK thinking. Listen to the included samples loud enough and you will see your parents dance.

via ‘Respect’ Wasn’t A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One : NPR