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Archive for the category “TOK”

Shared Knowledge / Language

http://existentialcomics.com/comic/245

Wittgenstein’s Lion

Even if a lion could speak, we couldn’t understand it. If we don’t have the background knowledge, then words can be known but meaningless (eg two gamers talking about World of Warcraft)

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Cross-cultural simulation (similar to Mercho/Gofi)

NaZa Cross cultural sim

Analysis of US gun deaths

Maps positive & negative correlations (Note: statistical links, not causation)

Spoon feeding Laura & Claudia

NY Times Opinion
See also related links box

Bullet control

How reliable are the social sciences?

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/how-reliable-are-the-social-sciences/?hp

Authority in social science vs science given greater complexity (and randomness of behaviour) of humans vs natural world.

Lies of US History

I saw similar in Lies My History Teacher Told Me, but it’s nice to have a few of these sorts of thingĀ on the web for easy access. (There’s a little bit of naughty language if you don’t like ‘sh!t’)

http://www.cracked.com/article_19864_6-ridiculous-lies-you-believe-about-founding-america.html

I like the way he critiques the story, then asks if we should really believe that. Reminds me a little of when I just make random stuff up in class to see if the kids are actually listening – or just gullible!

Might even use this for TOK in the history section – easier than digging outĀ  Reynolds v Windschuttle stuff, and this has pictures!

‘The Talk’ – a whitefella realises (again) how lucky he is

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=31516

I get a daily newsletter of Eureka Street with a couple of articles each day. Often they open my eyes to a side of Australia I’m completely unaware of. This is one of those.

In only a few hundred words, it outlines “The Talk” that African-American and Aboriginal parents give their kids when they are old enough to go out in public. “Never leave a shop without a shopping bag”, “never get in a lift alone with a white woman”, “never put your hands in your pockets when talking to the police”.

The Civil Rights movement may have been in the 60s, but there’s still a long way to go.

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