Knowledge in history must change over time. To what extent do you agree?

Project Documentation:

Progress Journal:

  • Sarah Sharf-Aldin
  • Antoine Clocher and Harry Le
  • Date: March 29th - April 4th, 2017
  • Badge Title: AOK Badge - History

3/29/2017: The question that we will most likely choose is “What is the relationship between history and memory?” This question is a very interesting question as it connects the way of knowing of “memory” and the area of knowledge of “history”. It focuses on the connection between these two aspects. We still have not explored the question enough to really know what we are going to do exactly, but we know that there is a direct correlation between history and memory. Memory is very important to history in the sense that it does provide us with evidence and our knowledge of the evidence we use for history.

3/31/2017: In our presentation today, our question changed to "Knowledge in history (the AOK) must change over time. To what extent do you agree?” With this question, our main point is that this question can go both ways. It is a question that can be answered maybe. Knowledge in history can change over, although there are some aspects of our knowledge that are set and unalterable. With our presentation today, our goal is to allow the audience to see both sides of this story. We intend to present the view that this question is not black or white, but many different shades of gray.

Summary and Reflective Journal: Overall, I think that this was a great project was not a great success. I found it much difficult that the ways of knowing. I think that for the areas of knowledge we should at least be taught and be able to learn them as a class. The project was not beneficial at all. For the first time, I felt unprepared in this class because I tried to understand what I was intended to understand and failed. I think that as student we are missing the main points that we need to be catching and I think that’s why we failed.

Elective Readings:

Through this except, George Orwell mentions the various mistakes that are most commonly made in modern English Throughout Orwell’s essay Politics and the English Language, Orwell believes that dying metaphors, operators or verbal false limbs, pretentious diction, and meaningless words are the most commonly made mistakes throughout modern English. Orwell also talks about meaningless words. Some examples that suffice the definition of Orwell’s meaningless words are plastic, values, human, dead and natural. Pretentious diction is using the correct words to provide the most detailed and vivid description. Meaningless words are words that are located throughout a passage that are almost completely lacking in meaning. This excerpt analyzes the importance of using the English language correctly. Language can convey so much with very little. Not only that, but language can be misleading. If it is not used correctly, it can portray something that writer did not intend to portray. I think that is exactly what Orwell was trying to explain.

Extension Proposal:

The fact that the past changes should not be regarded as a nuisance. It is one of the things historians are interested in. It is also one of the things which make history difficult. A piece of phosphorus ignites on contact with water. That is an event. The condition for that event, the reactivity of phosphorus, does not itself change; you can do it again tomorrow. But the background situations in history, such as the receptivity of a culture to an idea, can and do change over time. In describing a culture, it does not suffice to inventory it; we have to chart its differences as it moves through time.

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