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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 - To be 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 - To be 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 - To be assigned and discussed on 9/18/2018

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


JOURNAL #9 - To be 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 - To be 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 - To be 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 - To be assigned and discussed on 10/1 & 10/3/2018

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 - To be assigned and discussed on 10/5/2018

Compare and contrast Plato's "Allegory of the Cave", Nozick's "Experience Machine", and The Matrix.  Identify the primary knowledge claim of each work and develop knowledge questions associated with these works.



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