Be Like Homer and Use Your Imagination
Huy, Hyo, Camilla
March 7th 2017
Today we practice writing the essay for TOK. We used our old WOK question to write a short paragraph about it. The Essential Question was: Are truths obscured by the language in which we express them? The first essay I wrote was a bit weird. It is shown below. I really didn't know how to properly write it. I king of just gave example and explained them. Next I worked on it, and created a second essay. Finally I came up with my final product
The answer to this question is yes truths are obscured by the language in which we use them. We all have biases in ingrained in us. For example, The boston Massacre. The british refer to this as the incident that occurred in boston while the american refer to it as the boston massacreEuphemism: We all like to use euphemism to make situations appear less harmful. For example, we say he passed away instead of he died. We do this to lessen the impact.Tone/emotive language: There are various words that have a particular connotations in accordance to the denotation that is already has. This is the use of words like murdered. It is emotive language. It strikes emotion in the person who hears or listens to it.
The biases that we have can obscure the truth. We all have biases in ingrained in us. When the British Captain Thomas Preston recounted the story of the Boston Massacre, he used language that portrayed the Americans in a terrible light. He claimed that the mob was attacking them so they needed to retaliate. This altercation between the Americans and the British is referred to as the “Incident at King Street” in England versus the “Boston Massacre” in America. Looking at the testimony from Sam Adams, John Hancock, and other Americans, it is shown that the americans have similar stories while the The For example, The boston Massacre. The british refer to this as the incident that occurred in boston while the american refer to it as the boston massacre
The biases in our language that we have can obscure the truth. When the British Captain Thomas Preston recounted the story of the Boston Massacre, he used language that portrayed the Americans in a terrible light. He claimed that the mob was attacking them so they needed to retaliate. This altercation between the Americans and the British is referred to as the “Incident at King Street” in England versus the “Boston Massacre” in America. Looking at the testimony from Sam Adams, John Hancock, and other Americans, it is shown that the Americans have similar stories and their stories differs from that of the British. The Americans and the British are telling the same story, but their biases make it impossible to actually get the truth from
thought experiment: an experiment carried out in one's imagination rather than in the world
empathy: the ability to imagine another person;s situation from their perspective.
empirically possible: consistent with the laws of nature.
golden rule: the principle that "you should do as you would be done by."
imagined community: a community, such as a nation, which is based not on direct face-to-face interaction but on an image people hold in their minds- since they exist in reality, imagined communities are not the same as imaginary ones.
realistic imagination: imagination which is informed and guided by relevant facts.
fantasy: an escapist form of imagination that is only distantly connected with the real world
March 9th 2017
Today was the quiz. I really couldn't read throughly for it because I was studying for my SAT exam. However, I passed the quiz. I also started working on my essay in class today. I have a rough draft of it.
Imagination can uncover truths and thoughts that are hidden in reality. When Homer Simpson discovered that he had not accomplished anything in life. He began to use his creativity to invent and discover new things. At first, he struggled to use his imagination but later he excelled and invented a few things. Although some of his creations were a bit out of sorts, one could see the imagination behind it. As a result of Homer’s use of his creativity, we discovered something new about him. He used his imagination and creativity to reveal the truth that he could be an inventor. The episode shows us that using our imagination can be hard, but then we all have the creativity to do so. Creativity allows to generate ideas which can be valuable. Creativity a subset of imagination
How does imagination inform our everyday perception of the world?
Does imagining another person's situation make us more likely to help them?
Is creativity the main criterion for determine whether or not something is a great work of art?
I think that this should be added to the reflective reading because it gives a different point on view on our imaginations. The video explains how imagination can bring into reality, new ideas and opinions. The lady talking, Janet Echelman, explains how she sought a new way of making artworks due the theft of her artworks. If there is a problem or obstruction in your thinking or flow of your work, imagination is the drive that creates a new way of thinking. She is now a refined artist with a new way of thinking. Her artistic ways have now changed and she is an inspiration for others. This is tied to the way scientists think. Scientists use their imagination to create new ideas. Just as Alexander Bell encountered the problem of not being able to distantly communicate, h used his imagination to create the telephone, Echelman encountered the problem of her missing artwork, so she used her imagination to create a new way of expressing her artwork.