Harry Le, Cayla Amparan, Mack Hutsell
February 13th- February 22nd
WOK Badge: Faith
You Gotta Have Faith
* 2/13/17: Our group has decided to do the WOK Badge for faith. Mack really wanted to do it, and I found the subject interesting as well. Initially I thought that the subject of faith only had to do with religion, but after research TOK defines faith very differently. According to TOK, faith can be defined as religious, but is also synonymous with trust. We’ve chosen “Does faith meet a psychological need” as our question to address throughout this process but we’re going to slightly modify it and change the question to “Does Faith meet a societal need?” We felt as if “Does faith meet a psychological need?”became too personal and harder to test, as it could differ from person to person. However by addressing whether faith meets a societal need, we could observe a pattern in any experiment we do.
* 2/15/17: I passed the quiz, which means I can move onto the second phase of the Badge point. The main thing I want to accomplish with this Badge project on Faith is that Faith is not solely about religion. I want our group to portray faith in all of its aspects. This is very difficult, however, and our group has already run into some obstacles. The first of these is the experiment. We need to find a scientific way to measure and assess someone’s faith. This is difficult as faith is very subjective and can change. It can also appear very irrational as well. I think we should give some sort of questionnaire to someone in order to test their faith in something. This again is hard, because everyone has faith in different.
* 2/17/17: Our plan is to find a way to successfully portray the different meanings of faith through a presentation and some sort of extra help, like an experiment or interesting graphic. We are currently unable to figure out a way to do this as the topic of faith is extremely hard to quantify, especially in a 5-7 minute period. I hope to focus on the relatively unknown aspects of faith, as opposed religion, as I feel religion is a widely covered subject. An interesting subject would be the four bedrock beliefs, as these are the basis for all the knowledge that we learn.
* 2/17/17: We have now discovered an answer to the question “Does faith meet a societal need?”. In a way it does, as we need faith in order to believe every piece of knowledge that we know or acquire in our lifetimes. The four bedrock beliefs are the foundation of that “Leap of Faith”that we take every time we learn a piece of information.
* 2/17/17: We have decided on our experiment that will determine faith, and not just in a religeous way. It is a series of trust falls, and we will approach three people and ask them whether they would rather be caught by Harry or me. We will then ask them why. This will establish our goals and allow us to demonstrate that faith is the basis of knowledge. Similar to knowledge, in a trust fall people have to take a “Leap of faith”and trust the person catching them. Knowledge requires that “leap of Faith”as people need to have faith and trust the four bedrock beliefs in order to understand and learn about the world they inhabit . This actually may be less of an experiment, than an interactive metaphor, something practical and tangible that will allow the audience to better understand our ideas.
* 2/21/17: After conducting the experiment everyone unanimously chose me over harry. This is because they have more faith in my ability to catch them rather than Harry’s. They assumed because I am bigger and probably stronger than harry, that I would be able to catch them without hurting them.
* 2/22/17: After presenting I learnt that not everyone will share the same views of your topic as you. For example, Ansar kept on asking us questions because he was not entirely convinced by our presentation. This could be a bad thing as we did not teach our WOK well enough. It also might be a good thing as we could have raised some questions about faith and its relation to knowledge for some people. I’m proud of this project, and it certainly enlightened me, as I did not have a firm grasp of all the different aspects of faith.
Photos of Our Trust Fall Experiment/Metaphor:
Mack- Before the Fall