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Tuesday, May 13

May 13, 2014

WWTWWT: Turned in your homework. We talked about a couple of the choices that showed up on multiple responses (Edmund Burke; Rumi), as well as Confucius. We might do this again before we finish.

FYI: The final for this class is May 27. We’ll review the Thursday before (May 22). It’d be a good idea if you were there.

Then we talked about Immanuel Kant, and the way he combined rationalism and empiricism. He did this by coming up with two concepts: the phenomenal world (that is, the world of phenomena — sensory experience), and the noumenal world (the world beyond our sensory experience). Kant suggested that there are limits to our knowledge: that all we can know for certain is contained in the phenomenal world. Everything that exists beyond that — including what Kant called the world of things-in-themselves, or things as they really are — belongs to the noumenal world.

This is a theory that has some things in common with both Plato’s Realm of Ideal Forms, and with the Christian idea of heaven. However, Kant deliberately left God out of this picture of the world. He didn’t say that God doesn’t exist — only that, if he does exist, he is part of the noumenal world, and can only be experienced with our minds.

Then we talked briefly about free will, determinism (the idea that our choices are determined by things outside our control, like heredity or our environment) and compatibilism (the idea that free will and determinism can both be true). And I left you with this problem, to which I would like you to write a brief response for Thursday’s homework:

You’re sitting at home when your best friend knocks on the door. S/he is frantic and tells you s/he is being followed by a lunatic who has sworn to kill him/her. S/he begs you for a hiding place, and you offer your basement.

Two minutes later, there’s another knock at the door. A guy who looks like this

is standing on your doorstep. He says he’s come looking for your friend, because he wants to disembowel him/her, and asks you if your friend is there.

How should you answer, and why? 

Adaptation: Today we had presentations by Sydney and Sarah. Next on deck: Christy, Nicole, Dashia.

Siren: Proofed most of the May edition. Whew.

Film Studies: Today we started watching The Adventures of Tin Tin, Spielberg’s only animated film. We’ll continue on Thursday.

Bookbinding: Final project details: Bookbinding 5.13.15 – Final Project. Let me know if you have any questions.

8th Grade: Propaganda! We talked about three types of arguments: appeals to logos, ethos and pathos. Then we worked in groups to create billboards and storyboards for TV commercials, to advance a particular issue.

Survey: CNF: Set the schedule for the rest of the semester:

May 15: Give back/review Schaller biographical sketches

May 20: Review for CNF Final

May 22: CNF Final

May 27: Revised biographical sketches due

May 29: No class/LAVA

May 30: Final day to turn in portfolios

June 2: Hybrid essays due

Week of June 2: Portfolio reviews/final CNF essay


I gave you a couple of short sketches about Mr. Poling. The final biographical sketch should probably look more like the second one. We talked briefly about framing an essay — “frame,” the textbook will tell you, can be considered synonymous with “plot” in a CNF essay. If your sketch doesn’t have some “frame” for its moments, it would be a good thing to consider.

Reading assignment for Thursday: Two chapters from the textbook — “Intimate Details” and “Framing.”

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