Imagination Diego Martinez

Group members: Kate Meek, Leo Gao, Diego Martinez

To what extent is imagination drawn from other ways of knowing?

Journal Entries: 23rd February 2017 - 3rd March 2017

23rd of February 2017

Today in class we took the quiz for the Way of Knowing of Imagination. It was a pretty simple quiz, and I would have gotten 10/10 at first if it wasn't for my computer shutting off halfway through it. It was pretty logical, and I did not really have to read the book to pass. However, after reading the book, I did learn a lot more about imagination and how it really works in terms of ToK. Today was pretty productive for me in the sense that I started to fully comprehend the Way of Knowing of Imagination.

27th of February 2017

What did you learn today about your WOK?

Today I learned what nostalgia meant and how it can be related to limited knowledge, as we can remember things differently than how they actually happened. Also, I learned that presenting it would be a bit challenging. How do you define memory, if neurologists still don´t fully comprehend it. The factors that affect memory could be countless.

How prepared are you for your badge project?

We are pretty prepared for our badge project. We understand and have planned out exactly what we have to do. All we have to do is the actual project and figure out exactly what we´re going to say and how.

What´s left to do?

We have to make our powerpoint more efficient in showing, and less summarizing. Instead of having our points on the powerpoint, we should be the ones saying our points.

Today in class we worked on our group project by completing our experiment. We finally reached a consensus on the EQ. Our essential question is “to what extent is imagination drawn from other ways of knowing?” We chose to analyze memory as the other way of knowing that affects this WoK. For our experiment, we'll ask six people to draw what they imagine when they hear the word “world” to analyze the 3 different types of imagination: fantasy, realistic imagination and creativity. These six people include: an art teacher, a science teacher, a history teacher, two students (a female and a male) and a child. We concluded that having these different people will make them draw their representation of the word “world” differently. Later on, we only chose to analyze two of them to be specific: creativity and realistic imagination. Since we got only 4 people to do the experiment, due to lack of time, we analyzed only the four drawings.

1st of March 2017

Today was the day we presented our project. We chose to make a cartoon this time. Cartoons are original, creative, and imaginary. Therefore, they tie in with our way of knowing. Our experiment consisted of asking people to draw the first thing they think of when they hear the word world. The goal was to categorize the drawings into creativity or realistic imagination: the 2 kinds of imagination we focused on. I was also experimented on, and I drew a realistic view of the World. However, it was also creative as I drew Earth's inner cores as well.

Reflective Journal

Today in class we went on field trip to a patch of land just outside our school. We sat on the grass for a few minutes and observed our surroundings. We took wrote down everything we observed with our senses. This was a great exercise for understanding how our senses tell us data, then we interpret them. All in all, his has been a smooth badge project for me. We chose a solid question, which allowed us to dive deeper into the Way of Knowing of Imagination. Our experiment was also really original. We asked people to draw their interpretation of the world, and their drawing would be either creative imagination or realistic. This would allow us to further understand the definitions of these types of Ways of Knowing. For our presentation, we created a cartoon video and then explained it to the class. This was perfect for our way of knowing as it was an original, creative, video. Overall, this was a very smooth project.

Elective Reading

Through this article, one is able to explore why science needs imagination and beauty. The article states that imagination is just as important as knowledge. When one tries to understand nature and explore its beauty, it makes science just as beautiful, which is heavily explored in the subject of physics within this article. We have a basic and fundamental knowledge of the building blocks of matter. We have in our hands all the equations, but we are not very efficient in solving them. We still have many gaps in our fundamental understanding. We are trying to look for better ways to solve the equations which takes a lot of imagination. The only way to improve and gain experience, we must play around with the equations and imagine how they might behave in different circumstances.

External Reading

I chose this resource as an external resource because I felt as it relative and would be a great source to add to the existing elective reading list. This source relates the way of knowing of imagination and sense perception. This source was related to the knowledge question that we formulated our project on, "To what extent is imagination drawn from other ways of knowing?" This article explores how imagination can influence our perception. This study explores the concept of mental imagery where one can imagine something with our mind’s eye. Mental imagery contributes to our everyday functioning. It is critical when organizing our lives on a day-to-day basis. It allows us to plan future events and have a feel of our day is going to go. This was a very interesting approach towards the way of knowing of imagination.

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