First year ToK

Did you miss the Last Session –  What is Time?  If so, here’s what to do.  It should take you about 90 minutes.  That’s what we spent in class.

  1.  Freewrite – What is time? (and how is time known?)
    1. go beyond the superficial into the literal
    2. include:  “Is time real? Is it merely imagined?”
  2.  What are some expressions with time? Write ten.
    1. Can you group them?  Ask a friend (who made the session) for help.  How is time different in this grouping.
  • Time personified
  • Time as segment
  • Time as point
  • Time as fluid (metaphor)
  • Moving Observer
  • Independent Time
  • [5 min] Discuss the differences: How is time different if we know it this way?

Consider the ToK Diagram: How is time known?

  • Write your thoughts: include the role of imagination, reason, language, sensation, memory and experience
  • When is time slower for you?
  • Consider the role of logic:  When you are rewinding video – it’s logical, right?  Is time that flows backward illogical?  Consider and justify in writing

I wonder how Einstein thought of time

Read sample of Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams

Lightman is a physicist and author.  Read the prologue while listening to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata 

Then read…

  • 3 May 1905 – Cause and Effect erratic – 29
  • 29 May 1905 – Everything is in motion (106pdf)– 69
  • Time flows – page 10
  • 20 May 1905 – No memory (93pdf)
  • 22 May 1905 – Time flows fitfully (100pdf)– 65

For each, write a response: What did you notice about that world? How was time different?   How did the author craft the world?  What did he write about? Include?  Illuminate?  How did time influence people in that story?

Lastly, write your own (20 min)… you may draw, create a poem…

Assume I will publish your work on the blog.

These are due by December 1st.

 

 

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Today, we tried to reason

How’d you do on this test?

 

Reasoning Test                                                                                  100% = A                   < 100% = F

This test consists of four reasoning tasks. You should do them in order, reading the instructions carefully, not proceeding to the next task until you have completed the one before it.

 

Task 1: Even Vowels

E T 4 7
       

Imagine that you are employed in quality control by a card manufacturer. They are producing a series of cards for an experimental psychologist, according to the following rule: if a card has a vowel on one side, then it has an even number on the other side.

There are four of these cards at left. You know for certain that each card has a letter on one side and a number on the other. In light of this knowledge, check the box(es) under the card or cards you definitely need to turn over, and only that or those cards, in order to determine whether the rule is broken in the case of any of these four cards.

 

 

            square

 circle        Yellow

     Red

       

Task 2: Colored Circles and Squares

Imagine that you have been employed by a board games manufacturer to ensure that the cards in one of their games have been correctly produced.  The rule governing the production of the cards states that if a card has a circle on one side, then it has the color yellow on the other.

There are four such cards at right. You know for certain that each card has a shape on one side and a color on the other. In light of this knowledge, tick the box(es) under the card or cards you definitely need to turn over, and only that or those cards, in order to determine whether the rule is broken in the case of any of these four cards.

 

Task 3: Sly Beer Drinking

You are the owner of a bar and you are very concerned that underage-drinking laws should be correctly enforced. Your bar is situated in a university town, and you suspect that some of your clientele might be students not yet old enough to drink legally. At present, the law states that if a person drinks an alcoholic drink (e.g., beer), then they must be more than 21 years old.

  Drank beer  Drank cola 23 years old 19 years old
 

 

     

The cards below have information about the ages and drinking habits of four of the customers at your bar. Each card represents one person. One side of a card details the age of the person. The other side of the card indicates what they have been drinking.

In light of this knowledge, check the box(es) under the card or cards you definitely need to turn over, and only that or those cards, in order to determine whether the rule is broken in the case of any of these four drinkers.

 

Task 4: Surfing at Work

Imagine that you are the owner of a small company employing some twenty people. You have noticed that your employees seem to be spending a lot of time during work hours surfing the Web for personal pleasure. You consider this practice to be a perk rather than a right, so you have introduced a rule that states that if an employee spends more than two hours a day during work time on the Web, then they must have made at least $5K for the company in the last month.

   Spent 1 hour on  the Web Spent 3 hours

on the Web

  Made $3K
last month
  Made $7K
last month
       

The cards below have information about the Web-surfing habits of four of your employees. Each card represents one employee. One side of the card details how much time the employee has spent on the Web during the last working day. The other side details how much money they have made for the company in the last month.

In light of this knowledge, tick the box(es) under the card or cards that you definitely need to turn over, and only that or those cards, in order to determine whether the rule is broken in the case of any of these four employees.       – Taken from Do You Think What You Think You Think? By Baggini and Stangroom

Emotional reading

for Tuesday, 11/14. Textbooks are at the back of the room in the upper cabinet.  Get a book and…

  1. Read Part 2 section 9 (pages 154-170) be aware of the material and ideas. Write down what is necessary.  Don’t be neurotic about it.
  2. Read and take notes on Emotional Fallacies from 171-173 (This is important.  Take detailed notes).
  3. Then, find a current political argument presented in either a speech, press release, or article.  Print a portion of the source with the argument.  Imbed it into your analysis where you identify the emotional appeal and what makes it misleading.
  4. When finished, read and take notes on reasoned fallacies from 126-129 (This is important.  Take detailed notes).

Can you spot a lie?

We will be taking a test in class on Microexpressions.  How valid are they?

Here’s an article from the American Psychological Association and a visual overview of what could be seen as expression of emotions.  Also, you can further improve your skills by learning from this youtube video…

Your homework is to find one example in your experience.   You may first learn about micro expressions (see above) and then…

  • recognize an example of lying in your experience
  • document what you learned and the visual cues that led you to this conclusion.

Here’s added info for your future research (just for fun), here’s a blog post from Goleman himself explaining the origin, the journey, and the significant impact of Emotional Intelligence in our global society.  Check out the links to enhancing emotional intelligence… and if we talk about effective leadership,  What role might emotional intelligence play in making one an effective leader?  Here’s what the Harvard Business Review had to say on the matter.

Today you have a test…

Are you emotionally intelligent?

The expectations in class are to:

  •  take the test and consider what it is testing
  • as you’re testing, copy/paste into a Word document any questions that seem odd or interesting
  • comment about those questions so you don’t forget your wondering

When you’re done with the test…

  • copy and paste your results into the word document
  • answer the follwing questions –
    • What does the test assess?
    • What do the results make you wonder?  What value do they have?
    • Consider the link to “Scientifically Validated”… what would that even mean?
      • From what it says and from your results, what do you think Emotional Intelligence is?
  • Conduct some research into the founders and the ideas behind the test.  What was the original set of ‘findings?’  What was the intended ‘learning’?  What is E.I. supposed to tell us?  And what good is that?
  • Is the test valid?  What portions would you change?  How would you adjust the format?  Consider how social scientists approach their subject matter an validate their findings.  What role should self-select tests play?
  • and then PRINT all of it and bring it to class on tomorrow.  We will be discussing your responses and thoughts about Emotional Intelligence and, in general, about Emotion as a way to know things.
  • Here is a link to additional reading… What Is Emotional Intelligence?