AOK Badge: Natural Sciences Sarah sharf-aldin

In science, is observation the same thing as sense perception?

PROJECT:

Within the substantial area of science, when collecting and gaining knowledge, observation and sense perception are exceptionally distinct, where sense perception is gaining knowledge by the use of your five senses and observation is filtering that sensory information. Within the excerpt of The Mind of the Chimpanzee written by primatologist Jane Goodall, she writes, “Often I have gazed into a chimpanzee's eyes and wondered what was going on behind them.” There is a major difference between sense perception and observation. Sense perception is the process of gaining knowledge through use of your five senses. Observation is applying and analyzing the knowledge that we have gained to our previous knowledge. It is the process of filtering sensory information through the thought process. Goodall’s perception is what she sees, smells, feels, touches, and hears. As for observations, they can be heavily influenced by many ways of knowing. We can realize that Goodall’s observations are heavily influenced by the way of knowing of emotion. Her emotional connections with the chimpanzees heavily influence her observations, what she writes and takes notes of. There can be a heavy bias towards the chimpanzees as she is heavily emotionally involved with them.

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PROJECT JOURNAL:

  • Sarah Sharf-Aldin
  • Thomas Vincent, Divya Rath, Preeti Iyengar
  • Date: April 6th - April 16th 2017
  • Badge Title: AOK: Natural Sciences
  • Bananas

4/06/2017: In class we were presented with a video about the scientific method. The scientific method starts with a hypothesis, an educated guess or an explantation for a problem that can be tested. This video mainly just talks about how a scientific fact is not science until proven through an experiment. It talked about how there are so many theories for many problems or scientific questions that we have in the world. Those theories do not fall under science, but rather philosophy because they are more based upon a belief rather than scientific evidence.

04/08/2017: Today, we are starting a new area of knowledge, natural sciences. I am very excited for this area of knowledge because I love sciences and can't wait to explore it from a TOK perspective. Also, for this area of knowledge, we are writing a TOK style paragraph as our project. I enjoy writing the paragraphs because it gives me more practice not only for my TOK essay, but also prepares me for the TOK presentation.

4/10/2017: Today, we were given time to read an elective reading related to the area of knowledge of the natural sciences. Our group read the essay written by Jane Goodall, a primatologist, and it mainly consisted of her observations and emotional connection with chimpanzees. Through this piece, we were able to make connections with previous ways of knowing and areas of knowledge that we have learned before. Emotion was a way of knowing that was heavily used within this piece as the emotional connection between Goodall and the chimpanzees was heavily highlighted. Not only that, but we were able to explore sense perception as Goodall would observe the way of life of the primates in order to gain her scientific knowledge. The area of knowledge of history was touched upon lightly as we talked about significance in history versus significance in natural sciences.

ELECTIVE READING:

Our group read the essay written by Jane Goodall, a primatologist, and it mainly consisted of her observations and emotional connection with chimpanzees. Through this piece, we were able to make connections with previous ways of knowing and areas of knowledge that we have learned before. Emotion was a way of knowing that was heavily used within this piece as the emotional connection between Goodall and the chimpanzees was heavily highlighted. Not only that, but we were able to explore sense perception as Goodall would observe the way of life of the primates in order to gain her scientific knowledge. The area of knowledge of history was touched upon lightly as we talked about significance in history versus significance in natural sciences.

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