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