JOURNAL ENTRIES & ASSOCIATED MEDIA
Prompts by Entry # and Discussion Date
Who are you and how do you know?
JOURNAL #2 - Assigned and discussed on 8/31/2017
Distinguish between the following: information, data, fact, opinion, belief, faith, knowledge, wisdom and truth.
JOURNAL #3 - Assigned and discussed on 9/5/2017
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?
"KNOW THYSELF" - HUMAN NATURE & OUR WAYS OF KNOWING
MEDIA SUMMARY - Your Brain Lies to You
How do we, as knowers, draw the line between sanity and insanity? Why do we make this distinction at all?
Guiding Question: How do false beliefs persist in our minds? Why do we sometimes, in the face of evidence to the contrary, hold on to false beliefs?
JOURNAL #5 - Assigned and discussed on 9/22/2017
Create a list of qualities that you feel are representative of human nature.
* Assigned Class Reflection Question (after discussion notes and considering the Genesis reading we did in class): How might these qualities potentially affect our acquisition (and creation) of knowledge?
Guiding Question: To what extent does personal or ideological bias influence our knowledge claims?
JOURNAL #6 - Assigned and discussed on 9/26/2017
Does making a knowledge claim carry any particular obligation or responsibility for the knower?
Guiding Question: Describe how the people in the Cave 'know' their reality. How does the person released come to 'know' a different reality? What abilities do we utilize to 'know' what is 'real'?
MEDIA SUMMARY - The Experience Machine
Reading assigned 9/28/2017 and discussed on 10/4/2017
Guiding Question: Would you choose to live your life in the Experience Machine? Why or why not?
JOURNAL #7 - Assigned on 10/4/2017 and discussed 10/4, 10/6, and 10/10/2017
Rank these 8 ways of knowing in order of how important they are to you in knowing what is real with certainty: emotion, faith, imagination, intuition, language, memory, reason, and sense perception. How might this ranking be a reflection of what you value?
* Assigned Class Reflection Task (after watching The Matrix movie and taking notes on key ideas): Identify and explain some of the epistemological themes of The Matrix.
MEDIA SUMMARY - Introduction to Gladwell's Blink
Reading assigned 10/6/2017 and discussed on 10/12/2017
How does Gladwell's discussion on adaptive unconscious support his claim for the value of intuitive impressions/judgments? What are the problems inherent in these kinds of impressions/judgments?
JOURNAL #8 - Assigned and discussed on 10/12/2017
What are the advantages of using intuitive knowledge over rational knowledge (and vice versa) when analyzing knowledge claims?
Unit #3 - 10
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE - AN OVERVIEW
Notes on Paradigms - Assigned and to be discussed on 10/16 & 10/18/2017
Powerpoint Slides (Based on Van De Lagemaat's chapter)
Resources used for class discussion and further consideration:
Margaret Heffernan on TED - "Dare to Disagree"
Knowledge Fundamentals (Curriculum Guide) - Includes Notes on Knowledge Claims, Questions and the Knowledge Framework we will be using to discuss the Areas of Knowledge
Areas of Knowledge - Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Powerpoint Slides (Indigenous Knowledge Systems)
IKS Useful Reference Site (theoryofknowledge.net)
JOURNAL #9 - Assigned and discussed on 10/23/2017
In what ways are sense perception and memory crucial in constructing knowledge in indigenous knowledge systems? How might the other ways of knowing aid in sustaining them?
MEDIA SUMMARY - Mark Plotkin's "What the People of the Amazon Know That You Don't" - TED Ed Talk
Video assigned 10/23/2017 and discussed on 10/25/2017
Areas of Knowledge - Religious Knowledge Systems
Powerpoint Slides (Religious Knowledge Systems)
RKS Useful Reference Webpage (theoryofknowledge.net)
A Video Overview of the 5 Major World Religions
"Tests of Faith" - Ian Sample, article from The Guardian Magazine
"Dialogue on the Cosmological Argument" - Paul Davies
"(Un)Wired for God" - Sharon Begley, 2009 article from Newsweek Magazine
Rabbi Jack H. Bloom Interview with Reform Judaism Magazine
JOURNAL #10 - Assigned on 10/31/2017 and discussed on 11/2/2017
How would you explain the relationship between spirituality and religion? Can there ever be a basis for religious knowledge that is independent of the culture that produces it?
* View the following VIDEOS before class on 11/6 & 11/8:
(1) Religion for Breakfast segment on Theology vs. Religious Studies
(2) Stephen Prothero's The Need for Religious Literacy
JOURNAL #11 - Assigned on 11/6/2017 and discussed on 11/8/2017
How would you describe the knowledge that religion provides its followers? What might be the role of different ways of knowing in attaining this knowledge?
Areas of Knowledge - Ethics
JOURNAL #16 - Assigned on 12/6/2017 and discussed on 12/8/2017
How, and to what extent, might expectations, assumptions, and beliefs affect our sense perception and memories?
* Assigned Class Reflection Question (after discussion notes): How, if at all, can factors that bias our views of the world be identified? How might bias affect intuition and reasoning?
CONCEPT REVIEW AND NOTES (including bias and claims)
TOK Curriculum Guide --- KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS & KQ ACTIVITY WORKSHEET
TOK Curriculum Guide --- AOK KNOWLEDGE FRAMEWORKS