Memory as a Way of Knowing by: Eshan Sarna

Eshan Sarna

Seth De'Ath, Uluc Ozdenvar

Badge Leader: Eshan Sarna

February 13th - February 22nd, 2017

Journal Entries

Day 3: 2/17/17: Today is our planning day and we will finalize our decision for our project and execute it over the weekend and come back to talk about it on tuesday/wednesday. Our options right now are just to have a very simple memory test involving logos, but I do not think that we will go through with that one. Our second one that is more favorable is that we will be asking our friends or family about a shared memory or experience that all members of the party remember to a somewhat decent degree and try to ask them to restate what they can remember of that experience. Then we will see how they all compare and based on that we can somewhat deduce how our memory impacts our knowledge. More likely than not everyone will give a similar account of what happened but maybe we can get someone who doesn’t remember fully what happens so their knowledge is limited on what truly happened causing them to believe something that wasn’t entirely true.

Day 4: 2/22/17: I learned many new things today about my Way of Knowing. I learned that there even though memory is something that we all may experience, the things that we consider knowledge are dependent on our memory. People can remember same things, but the knowledge that they obtain form that experience is different. I learned that memory is not fully reliable when it comes to memory as a way of knowing. People remember different things and that might not always be the right thing that occurred. I learned also many new things about the other way of knowing that was presented on, which was reason. One group presented on loaded questions and how that relates to inductive reasoning.

Elective Reading Journal: "Is the internet killing our brains?" by Dean Burnett. I think that this was a very informative article because it gives insight into how the brain works when it comes to dealing with information that it is receiving. It made me think about things that I hadn't thought about earlier, such as the fact that our brain is constantly filtering information and deciding which information is the most important. This article is teaching me about how our brain and internet intertwine in ways that can't always be decided as being positive or negative. I think that this article is making sense about the Google Effect. But as it says, there are studies that approve and disapprove that theory. I think that it is interesting that getting satisfaction from likes on a post provide a similar reaction within the brain that drugs do.

Extension Proposal

I think that we should add this extension because it brings up one of the specific issues relating to memory that is also brought up in the textbook, as well as a general limitation with memory. This article focuses more on what people remember rather than what they tend to forget which is something that isn't discussed nearly as often when it comes to memory. The reader now knows a lot more about the faults that occur when trying to remember something that happened. Not only that but it also talks about the manipulation of memories that aren't very solid in the first place.


So now the entire project is over and we have seen everyone’s final work. Reflecting on this project and everyone else’s journals, I learned a whole lot about my senses and the ways that they work together to help us understand the world that we see. I think that I learned a lot about memory by learning about it in the way that we did. I know that memory is pretty subjective per person. I wish that we could've actually spent more time on this way of knowing because i think it is pretty interesting. Overall I am glad I learned about this way of knowing.

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