ToK 11

Week of September 20

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal - Does knowledge require language? Does language require knowledge?
  • Lecture/Discussion - "Arguments against Turing's position"
Read and annotate Descartes and submit to Canvas - Wednesday
Wednesday
  • Analysis of Descartes argument
Skepticism reading - Due Monday
Friday
  • Debate instructions and prep time

Week of September 13

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Review of Ethical Machine discussion
  • Lecture/Discussion - "Alan Turing and the question of machine minds"
  • Debate assignment for debate to take place TBA

Resources on machine intelligence:

Alan Turing - Computing Machinery and Intelligence, 1950 - Which parts you should read are indicated in the PDF;

Article in Physics World on the history of the Turing test since 1950;

John Searle, Minds, Brains and Programs, 1980 - Read from beginning to the end of paragraph 1 on p. 418

Debate arguments brainstorm annotation (2 sides) - due Monday, September 20 to Canvas

 

Wednesday
  • Journal - What is necessary for something to be known? Can machines know? Why or why not? Everything in red in the presentation today should be added to your journal as part of today's entry.
  • Lecture/Discussion - "Turing's argument for machine knowledge"

Resources on machine intelligence:

Alan Turing - Computing Machinery and Intelligence, 1950 - Which parts you should read are indicated in the PDF;

Article in Physics World on the history of the Turing test since 1950;

John Searle, Minds, Brains and Programs, 1980 - Read from beginning to the end of paragraph 1 on p. 418

Debate arguments brainstorm annotation (2 sides) - due Monday, September 20 to Canvas

Friday
  • Language, intelligence and Kuki - chatting with an online chatbot (if the district's infinite wisdom prevents access on your school device, use your phone)
  • With a partner (a trio if we have an odd number of folks) complete the Turing template
  • Brainstorm - Why is language so difficult for machines?

Resources on machine intelligence:

Alan Turing - Computing Machinery and Intelligence, 1950 - Which parts you should read are indicated in the PDF;

Article in Physics World on the history of the Turing test since 1950;

John Searle, Minds, Brains and Programs, 1980 - Read from beginning to the end of paragraph 1 on p. 418

Debate arguments brainstorm annotation (2 sides) - due Monday, September 20 to Canvas

Week of September 6

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No school - Labor day
Wednesday
  • Read and annotate - The Moral machine - this is a longer reading so it will count as two annotations.

Moral Machine reading - Complete an ordinary annotation on one side of the paper and then answer the following questions on the other:

1. What does the study suggest about the origins of our ethical knowledge?

2. What does the study suggest about whether our ethical sense is universal or varies across cultures? (think carefully about this)

2. In light of this article, how has your answer to last Friday's journal question changed?

This annotation is due Friday. Here is the Canvas

Friday
  • Journal: What was the most interesting/surprising/"Aha!" part of the study for you? Explain and be prepared to share.
  • The Moral Machine - discussion

Week of August 30

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Arrange desks in small groups. Remember that the desks should be centered on the overhead group number
  • Small group discussion - "Loftus: Perception, memory and knowledge"
Wednesday
  • Journal -In our discussion of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" we discussed how there are many "caves" which metaphorically keep us in the dark. On Monday we discussed how two primary ways of knowing - perception and memory - often create barriers in the way of knowledge, keeping us in the dark. Language is another way of knowing and another potential cave. How does the language used to describe something shape our knowledge of that thing? Today we will briefly consider how language, another major way in which we know, can shape what we know. Think of an example where the words used to describe something shaped your response to something. How would your response have been different had the words used been different?
  • Discussion of language, gender and knowledge
  • Katz video and transcript
Friday
  • Journal: When it comes to determining whether something is right or wrong, which way of knowing, reason or emotion, is more important? Explain your answer using a specific real world example.
  • Lecture/discussion - Reason, emotion and ethics
  • Next week's activities - Moral machine reading

Read and annotate (2) The Moral Machine article. Make sure to address the following questions:

1. What does the study suggest about the origins of our ethical knowledge?

2. In light of this article, how has your answer to last Friday's journal question changed?

This annotation is due Friday. Here is the Canvas dropbox

Week of August 23

Date Agenda Homework
Monday Read and annotate Loftus - due Friday via Canvas
Wednesday
  • Journal - Knowledge question activity (from presentation)
  • Lecture/discussion - "Plato's allegory of the Cave and the various types of knowledge"
Read and annotate Loftus - due Friday via Canvas
Friday
  • Journal: List 5 things that you know. Then, in a line, explain the basis for each knowledge claim (how do you know it)
  • Lecture/Discussion - Defining knowledge

Week of August 16

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • The syllabus and other nuts and bolts issues
  • Syllabus confirmation quiz
  • Lecture/Discussion - "Key ToK concepts: knowledge, belief, fact, opinion and knowledge questions"

Read and Annotate Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from the Republic

Annotation instructions:

Read through the story and identify the major parts of the story. Indicate both the metaphor and what the metaphor represents at each stage.

Then address the following questions:

1. What is Plato's theory of knowledge? Which types of knowledge are good and which are problematic, from his perspective?

2. To what extent do you agree with Plato's theory of knowledge? Is assessment of the relative merits of knowledge attained in different ways correct or flawed? Explain your answer.

3. Are we, in 2021, chained to the wall of our own cave? If your answer is no, explain and justify this position. If your answer is yes, explain the nature of our cave and the bonds that keep us held in place. What might we do to escape? How does this translate to real advice regarding how to live in 2021?

Annotations should be about 1 side of one page in length. Submit via Canvas here.

Wednesday
  • Canvas check
  • Small group discussion instructions and seating
  • Small group discussion - "Allegory of the Cave"
Friday
  • Return to groups (re-arrange desks)
  • Finish "Allegory of the Cave" discussion
  • Lecture/Discussion - "Plato's Allegory of the Cave and his theory of knowledge"
Read and annotate Loftus - Wednesday (here is the Canvas link)

Week of August 9

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Welcome!
  • Seating - When the seat list comes to you, print your name next to your seat number.
  • Mr. Haydock and Mr. Fishburn in a bag
Me in a bag - due Monday, August 16
Wednesday

Roof - Analyzing why “knowledge” goes wrong - Use the email you received on Thursday evening to register for Canvas. Once you have done this, this assignment can be submitted through Canvas by clicking here. Will will also accept it in written form tomorrow.

Me in a bag - due Monday, August 16

Friday Me in a bag - due Monday, August 16