AOK: History Recollection of what signifies human past

Some brief notes on AOK:

History is the study of the past and its significance by using currently existing evidence to explain the past

CURRENTLY existing evidence:

- evidence might disappear or disintegrate

- evidence that hasn’t been discovered yet

- too little or too much evidence

our century has too much evidence because of the internet

that’s why we only study significant events:

- affected a lot of people

- happened a long time ago that shaped us

- shows us what people related to us have done that might affect you

Second day of work for AOK History journal:

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

The main point we want to make in the presentation is to make sense that history can change and cannot change over time. Some historical facts can or will change over time because as time advances into the future, we have more means of access to evidence. But at the same time, some history has been engraved into the future and have been proven to be true in all perspectives with undeniable facts.

What are your goals for this presentation?

I want to make this presentation a good demonstration of how history can change over time with some examples. Also, I wish to relate this to change in each of the specific parts of history as an AoK: change in evidence, significance, explanation and how they interact with each other.

What have I learned today from the ToK writing work day/lecture?

With more information and step by step guidance to forming the tok writing, I can write more about my example. Get straight to a point and focus on the topic statement and only talk about how the example relate to the topic, don’t stray from the focus and make meaningful sentences that actually supports your thesis. It doesn’t need to be perfect yet but most of the basic ideas should be laid out and mended to form a coherent paragraph. Think about what you want to say when you wrote that thesis statement, think hard and longggggggg.

Write about your group’s question

focus on questions raised by the problem

What point are you going to make?

What are you going to do?

Our group’s question is what is the relationship between history and memory?

Firstly, this question is one that connects an AOK with a WOK. History and memory has a very close relationship, as memory from veterans, historians or people who have experienced first hand major events is the basis for creating knowledge about history. But memory is an infinite but at the same time have many limitations. Memory is extremely susceptible to prejudice, emotions and distortion. If one were to be carrying a heavy feeling of anxiety and hatred or much joy and positivity, their memory when reconstructed during the recall process can be distorted, serving as an unreliable source of knowledge. Moreover, not only is memory susceptible to suggestibility and distortion, it very much depends on what the knower’s perspective on that matter. For example, in a major event such as the Korean War or Vietnam War, the mothers of the soldiers and the soldiers themselves experience the war very differently. The mom doesn’t care for what happens abroad, they just want their son back home, so her memory of the war is associated with loneliness, longings while their sons’ memories is associated with pain and hatred, maybe for the enemy or the very government that forced them to fight. Some American historians may perceive the wars as defending for capitalism and for patriotism while the historians from the invaded countries may perceive this as a resistance war, fighting for their freedom. Whatever the event is, history consists of many different perspectives and to find out the truth from the past, we must look at it from all perspectives and assume that the truth of the past is always unclear.

How memory as a WOK is connected to history?

Memory is the primary source to accessing personal knowledge about history. Since most evidence about history exists in the form of objective knowledge, such as writings without the author's notes about his or her intentions or films, images that reflect the results of many causes leading to it, memory may be the only reliable way left to access personal views of the people who was directly involved in a historical event. However, one must always account for the person's individual biases that may distort the fragile memory.

Presentation: 1st presentation (fail)

Presentation try #2: SUCCESS

Journal Entry: Elective Readings

George Orwell's Politics and the English Language: the use of language here in politics is described to be exclusively deceptive and hard to get a meaning out of. Therefore, one must take into account the style of talk of the historical figure to make the best sense of his intentions and avoid the ambiguity nature of language as a WOK.

Maya Lin and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The memorial is an example of how we store evidence and preserve the integrity, the pain, loss and achievements of history.

Extension Proposal: http://randomthoughtsonhistory.blogspot.com/2009/04/why-does-history-keep-changing.html

The material proposed as the extension proposal is relatively reliable as the author is an expert at history and his opinions are honest while giving a very objective look at how history changes, with substantial reasoning to support his points. The blog directly gives you answer to the question: "Does history knowledge change over time?"

Credits:

Created with images by DariuszSankowski - "knowledge book library"

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