Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Shifting Shapes of Ways of Knowing

For Friday, let us attempt to turn last week's work on its head: a rationalization is an attempt to ascribe one's actions, opinions, etc. to causes that seem reasonable (that is, based on reason) but that are actually unrelated to the real (and often less reasonable) causes.  In other words, this is an emotionally driven attempt to create knowledge via reason.  Two questions, then: do you agree with this definition of rationalization (and please explain your answer)?  What rationalization can you identify in the world around you and how do you account for its existence (why and how was it created)?

For Tuesday, now that you have had your EE feedback conference, share a moment of fresh perspective on some aspect of your essay and the way that the moment of knowledge changed for you.

For extra credit, watch this video and bring a flexahexagon to class on Tuesday.