Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HIstory Unit Closer

“Some areas of knowledge seek to describe the world, whereas others seek to transform it.” Explore this claim with reference to history and one other area of knowledge.

The claim here says knowledge can transform and describe the world. to try to explore this claim  we have to assume the definitions of these terms. When I think of transform in reference to the world I think of change and revolution. This makes me evaluate these knowledge as a way of changing the world. On the other hand we have knowledge as a way of describing the world. When I think I think of it as a tool. I feel description is a tool we use to understand or define things. In this blog we are going to try to understand knowledge in these ways.

When looking at history as an way of knowing it tends to fall more under the way of describing the world. Although it can be argued that history can transform the world, describing the world is what history seems to do more. to start evaluating the claim in reference I have to form an understanding of the purpose of history. History in my option is to give an understanding of what has appended in the past so that we can learn and understand how we got to where we are today. This is why describing fits the role of history well cause it defines our past. You can look on any moment in history and question yourself how does this contribute to world and it will end up in some way describing the world. For example we look at the Nazis is world war 2 and we see injustice and terror. In history we studied how these cruel actions of the Nazis impacted millions of lives. History seeks to give us a view of Hitler's campaign so we can better understand what came before us. That way we will not see repeats of  the mistakes that came before us. While history is used to described for analyze and learning purposes, it also can be used to describe the past in a way that is a characteristic. It plays into the theme that it is the things we do who makes who we are or defines us. The Nazis and world war 2 are a part of the world that defines it. This also plays into how history can be used to seek to transform the world. Because in a way world war 2 did transform the world during the 20th century. My only problem with the claim is that history focusses on events that have already happened. world war 2 had many impacts that may have influenced the transforming of the world, but I do not feel that history seeks to transform it. This plays back into analyzing the claim. We have to make an assumption about how the author intended for the word seek to be used. I do no think that history seeks to change or revolutionize the world, but it does seek to describe it. If we did not have history we could not understand or have a definition of the world. This reminds me of the game we played in Tok called Prove that it happened. It still bothers me that the boys team didn't win because we couldn't prove with viable evidence that our school was founded in 1886. Its a fact we know because it just has been told since then, and it gives a good example how hard it would be to describe the past if we don't have a sufficient amount of history on it. It shows the important of having knowledge like history to describe our past so that we can know it. Also it is amazing to see that the past is a thing that is open to be described, but depending on who does the describing develops our opinion of it. For example we today see the Nazis as villains because of how their actions were betrayed. Not that I doubt that or anything, but we look at other examples like the Mau Mau. This brings up questions to how effective our system of describing history is. History is not always a clear cut definition like the dictionary.  

An other area of knowledge that is interesting to look at from this stand point is natural sciences. For me at least I do not see as clear cut of a barrier for whether it seeks to describes the world or transforms it. My initial thought is that it would seek to transform the world, because of how natural sciences are what help us innovate and revolutionize our technology and medicine. At the same time I think about it and the basis of the natural sciences is unravel the mysteries and describe the world around us. This is where I run into a problem with the way I think of the claim. The best way for me to evaluate this is to break the natural sciences into two part. There is one branch which is like the basis of them. This includes what we learn in school typically. This is usually the physics, chemistry, and biology. This portion of the natural sciences mostly seeks to describe the world. For example you ca look much of the stuff we learn in school with Isaac Newton and the principles of gravitations force, and Albert Einstein space time theories, even photosynthesis. All of these seek to help us understand the world around us by describing the way things happen and work. The other branch would have to be more of an implied natural sciences. This would be more of what the people in the natural science fields work on everyday. Such as applying these sciences we learn in school to seek breakthroughs and discoveries in able to change and innovate our world. For example this may be a bio chemist in a lab trying to discovery the cure for cancer or a physics trying to discovery a new energy source through nuclear fusion. These types of discoveries can change and transform the world. The natural sciences seek both to describe and transform the world. It is only one of the areas of knowledge that seem to challenge this claim in the created binary of transform and described.

In my opinion this claim is not very reliable, because as I think about many of the areas of knowledge. Almost all of them except for history seem to have implications in both transforming and describing the world. I see it mostly in Describing. I feel that all knowledge is some what way has a purpose of the describing the world. My opinion of knowledge is to help me understand things, and like I said description is a tool used to understand and comprehend.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Guest speaker from West Georgia

We had a guest speaker in Theory of Knowledge class on Friday. Mr. is a phycology professor at West Georgia. When he came to speak to us I was surprised  that he didn't speak much on phycology as a human science but more about his life and past experiences. This was quite interesting and reflected the human sciences we are talking about in class. He also gave us a view into another culture that did not know much about except for stereotypes and media.

When he told us about his past he helped explain Asia with many maps. this immediately made me think of geography. I found countries very fascinating because I never knew how they were formed. I never would have thought that Russian gerrymandering was why the countries borders are the way they are. I did not realize how much politics were going on in the this part of the world.

Also Mr. helped give me a better understanding of the culture. When he described his time in Uzbakistan I was quite amazed. First of all the didn't know that stan meant land of. Also I didn't realize how much that countries like Uzbakistan were influenced by
Russia. I remember him talking about how they always drank like the Russians. Also the counties had their own separate cultures that came out of the gerrymandering. Especially with variety of languages that developed out of these countries. Its amazing for a relatively small area to have so many languages that originated from so many different places. I was having trouble keeping up with all of the languages. I remember there being Persian and Russian and some others I couldn't pronounce. I learned a lot about this foreign land that I have gained a new found respect for the middle east.

Another thing Mr.  taught me was how those countries had things in common with the west. The thing that stood out most to me was how they have snickers. I would have never thought that the middle east has snacks like us. That just goes to show you how ignorant I am. He also introduced me to a how economy in middle east is like western. I know it is a given that all economies have inflation, but I never saw it in action. He brought in money and talked about how the currency's value changed while he was there.  I found it interesting to meet someone to experience inflation like that.

The main things I took away from Mr. presentation was how interesting other places around can be. How they can have many similarities with us. Also how they can be very different and unique. Also I got to view his presentation from a human science view and look at the geography, economics, and anthropology going on in this middle east area. Overall I enjoyed Mr. presentation very much.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Knowledge is not all used the same.

Knowledge is the most useful resource by far. It helps us comprehend understand the world around us, and even try to understand any other worlds that might be around this one. In Theory of knowledge class I have learned that their are many different areas of knowing. Also though the experience of that class I  come to the revelation that not all knowledge does the same thing. In this blog I am going to be discussing  how math as a way of knowing is used to describe the world ,and how social sciences as a way of knowing is used to transform it.

If we look at recent news development we can see this come into play. Donald trump was recently elected president today early this morning. There has been a lot of uproar about this election because  of the two candidates backgrounds and history. This is where the social sciences come into play. They way we humans interact with each other really can transform the world. I think this election especially will have a defining impact on the world because of how irregular it is. For the past 100 years there has not been a president to be neither a be politician or a military officer. This election has open up many possibilities for future presidential requirements. Also this election is a example of the anti elite politician mentality. We can see how what we know about politics is transforming and how we approach them as a country. It seems as that social sciences are often transforming based on cause and effect principles. It seems like things occur and we based our future decisions off of that in this infinite chain.

Math also has its implications in the election. Statistics have a lot to do elections. The polls give a description of how people are might vote, but as we can see from this election statistics are not always reliable. Math is used to describe things so that we can comprehend them. For example math tells us how many people voted for Hillary and how many people voted for Trump. Math helps describes things by quantifying many of them. Also math has the potential to predict what is going to happen. We can see this in probability. As math is discovered the better we can understand and describe the world around us. Through different ways of knowing we can describe and transform the world.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

How do you live with puropse

As I sit for an hour not knowing what to write about for one of my school assignments I caught myself reading the rubric quite intently for ideas. On my eighth time reading the rubric one of the aims for the assignment caught my eye. It was explaining that that this assignment should inspire the student reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives. This intrigued me because I do not know how reflections of one's beliefs and assumptions have anything to do with living a purposeful life. Then I had to ask myself how do I live purposefully.

What is a purposeful life? This question lead me to think of a bigger question of to what extent do our actions determine the purpose of our lives. At first when I thought about it the answer seemed simple. Doing good deeds gives that make a positive impact on the world gives life purpose. Does just knowing what you want to do make you want to do make life purposeful? In that case I am not living with purpose. Are people like me just stumbling along hoping to figure out soon living wrong? Also their is the affect of others around you which affect your life. I do not think there is a way to live life purposefully, but that life is just a sequence of occurrences that we are forced to face good or bad.

I searched the internet for internet for other people's perspectives on the topic of a purposeful life. One article  I found says that there are ways to live your life more purposeful. One of these ways is to set intentions. The author explains that setting tone for the day is very beneficial. For  example choosing how you want to live life put  you at ease and peaceful. I can agree with the author's  viewpoint on this, and other views expressed in the article. To live life with purpose you must enjoy it.

The actions that we make are the stepping stones of having a more purposeful life. I think that the people like me who do not not know what they're working for are not in an existential crisis, but do not have a defined step of stepping stones. I still believe that life should not be a struggle to find purpose. I do not think that people should be afraid of not having a defined path to travel. Our Actions do not give our life any more purpose than we ourselves give life


Sunday, October 16, 2016

My first junior/IB presentation

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About a month ago me and my friend Adeline did a IB theory of knowledge presentation on sense perception. In my opinion sense perception is the easiest way of knowing because it is often the most trusted way of knowing. For example we usually know a apple when we see one, or we know there is wind when we feel it. In knowing that me and Adeline decided to focus our presentation about the less obvious things about sense perception. Also we threw in a fun eating activity, so the presentation would last the entire class and that it wouldn't be to boring.

Now that I look back on our presentation I think it went well. I thought we had some deep thinking discussion questions about the ted talk that made us think on expanding sense perception as a way of knowing. I think everyone learned something even myself from our presentation. It was a bummer though that  the food experiment didn't work. I should of known it was just a wife's tell because it never worked with my medicine when I was younger. I still think it was fun seeing people awkwardly hold their nose and eat apples.

I also think we could of added more to our presentation especially looking at he others group's presentation. First of all I think we might of added more to our presentation about sense perception. I thought the assignment was to give a presentation on sense perception not about it. All we really did about it was give a super brief  definition of it. We could of dove into the brain work and chemical signals of it, or how people perceive things in different ways. With that we could of pulled out some cool sense perception illusions. For me personally the optic ones can make me question life sometimes. That is why sense perception can the most reliable and untrustworthy way of knowledge, but what do I  know I am just a brain in a pickle jar.

Also I think that my personal contribution to the presentation could have been better. I felt like I only said two things and read a question. I have never been good at presentations and I still am not according the recent IOP I did. I know the only way to get at good at things like that is too do them more and more, but that is not working for me.

Overall I think that our presentation was good. It was not perfect but it got the job done. I think this was a good early assignment to practice speaking in front of the class. Especially that one sense we are going have to get comfortable around them. Well at least if we plan on surviving this death trap known as IB

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Courage must be created.

Growing up in life I was always the conservative quite kid, and to some extent I still am now. I've always been the one to watch not the one to act. I've always been the one to listen not say. I never knew why I was like this and I hated it with a severe passion. I had an awakening this past weekend when watching the summer Olympics. It came from asking myself what do I not have that they have, and the one thing that kept coming to mind was confidence and courage. 

Then I had to ask myself how I get these things. I found that you can't find courage you have to make it. I came to the conclusion that it takes will to make courage. I can't be given courage by anyone no matter how many people try to motivate me or tell me I’m special. They can push me and pick me up but in the end I have to want it without a doubt. 

I believe that I don't have to be the quiet kid that’s just sits in the corner and listens. I can have courage to express my ideas and options. If I have the courage to do all the work without letting it overwhelm me I can pass these hard IB classes and set myself up for a good future. Even if it means writing a blog for TOK and a close reading for literature at midnight.

I also believe that I can I can achieve my of dream of competing in the Olympics one day using courage. My coaches have told me I’m talented and have a lot of potential. My mom has basically engraved it my brain with how much she says it, but for some odd reason I don’t feel like I am that good. I feel like there is a part of me deep-down that knows I am good and wants to prove it to the world. The other part witch is dominating has a fear of getting his hopes up. It is afraid of failure. It is the main reason why I have not been bold or daring. If im going to ever surmount to anything and leave my mark of on the world. Im going to need courage to overcome fear so that I can reach success. I believe I have an incredible amount of potential and that courage will help me use it.    

Monday, August 15, 2016

What does it mean to know something

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 As I wake up from a nap I shouldn't of taken i wonder what does it mean to know something. Personally I think this is a hard topic to discuss because it no something I think about often. It is one of those things that has a general meaning that everyone has their own perception on it.

When I took a while to think about I think there are many different ways of knowing. For example when I learn 12 times 5 is 60 is different from when I say I know my music in band class. In the 12 times 5 example it is more of a pre-set standard from old dead white guys that is known. Everyone can agree that 12 times 5 is 60. When we come to band situation I can say I know my music then i go to play it and i hit a couple wrong notes, but I played the general part. To my instructor knowing my music is playing every not in time within the sound of the ensemble. I think the other kind of knowing is that kind where it depends on their persons personal opinion. There is no right or right to know.

Trying to answer this question has really make me do heavy duty thinking witch is not really my specialty. To start I had to think of whats the first thing that comes to mind when I think about knowing. the first thing that came to my mind was knowledge. This because I think their is a direct relation between the two.The definition of knowledge facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. This definition has two key factors experience and understanding. 

Experience is a  big part in the act of knowing because it is like causation of knowing. When we experience things we tend to say we know them. For example if you experience riding your bike you say u know how to ride a bike. Before that experience we don't tend to say we know how to ride a bike, but as i was thinking about this it brought up some more questions. Like how do we know how to breath and see as soon as we are born without experiencing it. Are we born with knowledge? This is why knowing is more than just Experience. Another example of this the act of forgetting. When we forget things do we not know them. We experienced them and or understood them yet we don't know them. Yet we can remember them, so is the information stored in the back of brains? In that case even if we forget things we must still know them, but not be able to recall them. The real question when do we truly not know something.