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JOURNAL ENTRIES & REFERENCES

Prompts by Entry # and Discussion Date

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Unit #1

INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE



JOURNAL #1 - Assigned on 8/17/2018 and discussed on 8/21/2018

Who are you and how do you know?


JOURNAL #2 - Assigned on 8/21/2018 and discussed on 8/23/2018

What influences your perspectives about the world around you?


JOURNAL #3 - Assigned and discussed on 8/27/2018

What is the difference between knowing that 1 + 1 = 2 and knowing how to do addition?


JOURNAL #4 - Assigned on 8/29/2018 and discussed on 8/31/2018

How do you distinguish between what you believe to be true versus what you know to be true?

* Assigned Class Reflection Question (after discussion notes):  How do you determine what the truth is when analyzing a knowledge claim or when trying to make sense of a situation?


JOURNAL #5 - Assigned on 9/5/2018 and further discussed on 9/7/2018

How do you differentiate between the following: information, data, fact, opinion, belief, faith, knowledge, wisdom and truth?



Unit #2

"KNOW THYSELF" - HUMAN NATURE & OUR WAYS OF KNOWING


UNIT REFERENCES:

Introduction to Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

Crews, Climbing the Tower

Genesis, Chapters 1-3 & Human Nature

Fiske, "Look Twice"

Wang & Aamodt, "Your Brain Lies To You"

Plato, Allegory of the Cave

Nozick, "Experience Machine"


JOURNAL #6 - Assigned and discussed on 9/12/2018

How do do we, as knowers, draw the line between sanity and insanity?  Why make this distinction at all?

* Assigned Class Reflection Question (after discussion notes):  What does it mean to say that behavior is caused?  If behavior is caused, are we responsible for our actions?


JOURNAL #7 - Assigned and discussed on 9/14/2018

Create a list of qualities that you feel are representative of human nature. Briefly explain why they make your list.

* Assigned Class Reflection Question (after discussion notes):  How might these qualities potentially affect our acquisition of knowledge?


JOURNAL #8 - Assigned and discussed on 9/18/2018

To what extent does personal or ideological bias influence our knowledge claims?


JOURNAL #9 - Assigned and discussed on 9/21/2018

How do false beliefs persist in our minds?  Why do we sometimes, in the face of evidence to the contrary, hold on to these false beliefs?


JOURNAL #10 - Assigned and discussed on 9/25/2018

Does having knowledge and making knowledge claims carry any particular obligation or responsibility for the knower?  Why do we share what we know?


JOURNAL #11 - Assigned and discussed on 9/27/2018

How do we determine what is "real" in our lives?  Why does the "real" matter to us?

* Assigned Class Reflection Question (after discussion notes):  Would you choose to live your life in an "experience machine"?  Why or why not?


JOURNAL #12 - Assigned and discussed on 10/1, 10/3, 10/5, & 10/8/2018

Identify key knowledge concepts & themes in The Matrix.
* Assigned Class Reflection Question (after discussion notes):  How might Neo's "journey" be a metaphor for our "journey" to understanding?


JOURNAL #13 - Assigned and discussed on 10/11/2018

Describe one experience in your life and explain how each of the 8 ways of knowing may have helped you come to an 'understanding' of that experience as you've come to 'know' it today.



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