This week (starting Sept. 20, 2010)

Psych: You should have your Method section done and emailed to me.  Conduct your experiment & begin to organize the data.  Go back & revise your Intro, References & Method sections, according to the comments I’ve given you.

Comp Gov’t: On Mon & Wed, we’ll prep for the Hitler trial.  Be prepared to conduct the trial in class on Friday.

TOK 1: We’ll continue our examination of The Knower by watching The Truman Showand discussing to what extent Truman is a “knower”.  Nothing due this week.

TOK 2: Continuing our examination of ethics & the “theories of ethics” started last week, we’ll also consider knowledge issues we can draw from this Area of Knowledge.  Nothing due this week.

Thought for the Week:

It’s important that people know what you stand for.

It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.

–Mary Waldrop


This Week (starting Sept 13)

Psych: Internal Assessment.  See the schedule.  Your tasks for this week include:  turn in Intro & References; one copy (per group) of each consent form; organize participants (get consent from teachers, if necessary); prep all materials; Method section

Comp Gov’t: Test on Monday (see the handout and blog page for the study questions); begin prep for the Hitler Trial

TOK 1: What does it mean to be a Knower?  What does it mean to know something?

TOK 2: summary of last week’s work with Knowledge Issues (HW due — see handout); begin Ethics

Thought for the Week:

Noble be man,

Helpful and good!

For that alone

Sets him apart

From every other creature

On earth.

Goethe (1749-1832)

As heard by Gerda Klein, Holocaust survivor, in “One Survivor Remembers”.

This week . . .

Psych:  we’ll get started with your IA

Comp Gov’t:  studying the Holocaust & finishing up our overview of WW2

TOK1:  The dangers of relativism . . . do you agree?

TOK2:  Knowledge Issues — some practice in identifying them

Thought of the week:

“Jumping to conclusions is not half as good an exercise as digging for facts.”

George Bernard Shaw

Is “trust” something biological?

I heard this report from NPR recently and found it fascinating.  Is the ability to trust something biological?  According to this article, it is & is based on the hormone oxytocin.  Read or listen to this & find out about the disorder that this little girl has that makes it impossible for her to distrust anyone.

What do you make of this?  I’m curious to read what you think.  Use the comment field below.

Video Supplement to University Application

Tufts University in the US is allowing students to submit one-minute videos as a supplement to their applications.  Many are posted on You Tube & you can find some here.

You can read or listen to an NPR report about it here.  Interesting to think about the implications and ethical issues pointed out by some in the report.

What do you think?  Would you do a video to supplement your application?

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