Risks of Memory The FALLIBILITY of Memory

Alexandre Ait-Ettajer

Divya Rath, Alex Liu, Navi Chawla

Wednesday 13 February 2017 - Tuesday 3 March 2017

WOK Badge: Memory



Monday 13 February 2017 After Class

So I believe that the group that I am with will be capable to accomplish the task that we have at hand. I have Diya: who works hard, Alex: who I know from previous classes and Navi: I don't know him personally, but I trust he will work hard to get the work done that is needed to be done. We are doing the WOK for Memory. I don't know what we can do now but I believe that we'll be able to accomplish it if we put our minds to it.

We started the day off by getting into our groups. We took the quiz, which I passed with a 80%, I missed one of the questions that had two answers and only put one. Other than that the quiz was quite easy. While waiting for the rest of my group to pass the retake, Divya and I tried to formulate our question based on the Textbook and TOK Badges Documents. We haven't gotten anywhere but we definitely want to talk about the flaws in Language and how this affects our world.

Short Term Memory: the phase or type of memory responsible for the temporary storage of information.

Long Term Memory: the phase or type of memory responsible for the permanent storage of information.

Google Effect: it is the tendency to forget information that can be found readily online by using Internet search engines such as Google.

Wednesday 15 February 2017 Before Class

What do you want to accomplish with this project?

I want to be able to show to people that our memory is fallible and is not always as certain as people say it is. It is important that people understand how the mind works and to know in what ways they can’t trust their memories. But it is also to empower others so that they may understand and be able to make conscientious decisions on how to understand the way their mind works.

Examples of this are through how Eye Witness Testimony can not be used as a way of making decisions. How people will make up memories to fit in scenes that they believed happened in life.

Also the processes that are used to store and define memory in our minds.

What is the main point you want to make in your Badge Project?

If you haven’t decided yet, write possible points you want to make.

Friday 17 February 2017 Afterclass

What’s your plan for your project?

Our plan for the project is to try to finish the whole presentation by the end of the class. We need to make sure that all is ready for when we meet back up on Wednesday. We need to be able to convey the inconsistencies of our memory and we need to make sure that we also get ready for our Digital Portfolio. I’ve read one of the elective readings, I need to read one more this weekend.

What is the main point about your WOK that want to make in Badge Project?

Our main point for this project is to get people to understand that out memories are as great as we think they are. Most of it is an illusion to make us feel safe. It is important that we remove that veil that is alluding to people to things that aren’t truly there. It is more to empower people so that they may not be tricked by our minds and so that people can feel safe using their memories as knowledge when it is appropriate. It will also help in the future for people that need to understand how the world works and understand how different people can have two different view on life even if they have both experienced the same thing.

The Elective reading that I read was Moonwalking with Einstein, it is a novel that details the journey of a man trying to improve his memory and by the end winning the national memory championships. I read this book 2 months ago and I think this is very important to the subject matter that we are talking about. The author is an average

What did you learn today about your WOK?

I learned that though memory is very fallible it is still a necessary and key component of our life. Without it we could not have a past to reference and the only knowledge we would have would be the one that we get from using our senses and and reasoning from the present. There would be know past to reference and no future to compare to the past. All we would know is what is around us right now.

How prepared are you for your Badge Project?

I think that personally I am prepared for the bade project and that the rest of my group is too. I wish we could have more toime to formulate a

What’s left to do?

We need to finalize our point we are trying to make with the presentation. This is gonna be done with the ending of our presentation. We might need to remove a whole part of the presentation to do this. I think we should try to find reasons that the Mandela Effect is important for everyone to know. It might explain some of the important effects and moments in our life. Such as subtle racism such as that.

Tuesday 3 March 2017

WE PASSED!!! I am so happy. We are done.

I can't believe it took us this long to finally be done. As a learning opportunity it was an arduous one.

What did I get out of this whole experience?

That I should work more with Mr. Morrison to accomplish the goals at hand and to become a more competent TOK student. This is because it is his job to teach me and my job to take the knowledge he is giving me and to transform it. Mr. Morrison is here to help me. So I should have utilized that more.

I'm just so happy that we are done.

Extension Proposal

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do | TED Talk | TED.com

This helps with insight on the world of how we can utilise our memory to be able to do amazing feats of memorization and how we can be able to unlock inert abilities. It also leads to great insight on how our mind works and develops. Very Informative.

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