Emotion Katya Herbert

If We Feel It, Is it Real?

Project Documentation:

Background: For our project, we wanted to determine to what extent we can trust our sense of touch and to what extent our understanding of the world is shaped by our sense perception? We wanted to see how we could rely on our sense of touching and how reliable it really was. Our thesis for this project was that the lack of vision will cause the subjects to have different interpretations of the object they are touching due to a modification in their sense perception. This therefore leads us to hypothesize that to large extent, a person can't solely trust their sense of touch.

Progress Journals:

  • Katya Herbert
  • Jamie Brewton, Valeria Espinosa, Ansar Esh
  • February 13th - February 22nd 2017
  • WOK Badge: Emotion
  • If you feel it, is it real?

02/13/17: First Class. During this class we chose our groups and decided which Way of Knowledge we would read about next. The majority of our group jumped at the chance to do Emotion as we all believed that it would be an interesting topic to discuss. We spent most of this class reading the chapter and learning more about this way of knowledge and how it relates to our lives, and also preparing for our quiz. We started brain storming ideas as to what we could do for our project, something that could explore our emotions. We decided that we wanted to show a group of people from each age group, children, adolescent, and adults and show them a video. We decided on a sad or heartfelt video because sadness is such a strong and powerful emotion. We decided to either do a Thai Commercial or the opening scene from the movie Up! By the end of class we were still undecided in what we were going to do and still had not formulated a knowledge question. For next class, I hope our group will be able to figure out what we are doing and really start on our project.

02/15/17: Goals and Aims for this project. At the beginning of class we took a quiz on what we read

02/17/17: What's your plan for your project? Restate your main point. Our original plan for our project was to show a group of people a video and ask them questions about how they feel to understand their emotions and how they are feeling. However, talking to Jamie just before class she mentioned that she had another idea as to how we can conduct an experiment. She briefly mentioned that we would have ask a group of people questions that they would answer anonymously so they can truly express how they are feeing without the pressure of being judged for how they are feeling which i think is a good idea.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY ABOUT YOU WOK2? How prepared are you for you badge project? What's left to do? Be specific.

During this class we are hoping to film our project. Last class, we were still undecided as to whether we would use a thai commercial or a scene from the movie Up! At the beginning of class we decided to use the scene from up because we believe that it’ll relate more to our audience.

(goals and aims for this project)

Elective Reading:

This piece of writing is an excerpt from the book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, a book by Annie Dillard. In my opinion, the excerpt is very well written. The author uses a lot of her sense of sight to clearly depict what she is seeing. Every aspect is written in such great details that it becomes easy to imagine that you are there yourself. Dillard also mentions that "[she] closes her eyes and [she] sees stars at the crown of an infinite cone". Dillard is describing what she sees despite not using her sense of sight. While reading this, it made me realize how little we really pay attention to our surroundings and the details in our lives. During the class activity, I tried to really pay attention to my surroundings, the tiny details on everything around me, allowing me to fully absorb everything around me.

Isaac Lidsky lost his sight at age 25 and during this TED Talk he talks about how it was a blessing. He talks about how losing his sight taught him to be in control of his reality and mentions that "you are the creator of your reality" which in my opinion, is something that is quite debatable. One can say that reality is the ultimate idea of truth, but if everyone has a different reality, then what exactly is truth? While watching this TED Talk I realized that our mind and perception is greatly shaped by previous experiences. Lindsey says "What you see can impact how you feel, and how you feel can literally impact what you see." I think that this is true. He states that what we see is not universal, rather it's our own unique and personal view.

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