Essential Questions

  • How do we define the term "Monster"? How do we react to and/or interact with Monsters in our society?
  • If truth is difficult to prove in history, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?
  • In what ways might social, political, cultural and religious factors affect the types of human science research that are financed and undertaken, or rejected?
  • Is science, or ought it to be, value free? What implications does your answer have for the regulation of science? Considering the fight over Intelligent Design vs. Evolution (as well as Research Scandals), who should decide whether particular directions in research are pursued?
  • Is mathematics invented or discovered?
  • Picasso said, "Art is a Lie That Tells the Truth." Considering our reading of Grendel, to what extent do you agree with that statement?
  • To what extent do the different ways of knowing and areas of knowledge influence the values adopted by individuals and societies?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Final ToK Presentation and Essay

January 8-12

Your Final ToK Paper is due the last day of Exams. Be prepared to present on the day of the exam. Please consult the Presentation requirements and suggestions on my blog.

Ending Grendel

January 7

Please read your assignment under Ending Grendel. Be prepared to discuss in class on Thursday

Sunday, December 21, 2008

ToK Essay Draft

December 23

Please submit a rough draft of your ToK Essay before you leave for vacation. Over vacation, please finish Grendel.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Grendel Ch. 9

Why does Grendel find the Priest's conversation "strange?" Why does the younger priest believe that Ork's "vision proves there is hope for us all"!

In Chapter 8, the sign is Scorpio.
In Chapter 9, the sign is Sagittarius represented by the Archer. Please look up both signs and explain why Gardner might have used these signs as the symbols for each chapter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Grendel Ch. 8

December 8

In what ways does the character of Red Horse embody the political concept of Machiavellianism? If you have not been exposed to Machiavelli - learn about him today!

Red Horse also has some Anarchist tendencies - can you give me an example?

Also, what does Hrothgar have to do with Plato's Republic?

Finally, Grendel says at the end of the chapter, "I made him what he is." In what ways does that connect to page 91 where Grendel exclaims, "My enemies define themselves on me?"

Can you think of a person that might be uttering this phrase at this very moment?