Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Where am I? What am I? What am I for?
We started with a film: Powers of Ten (1977) about our place in the Universe. This scientific film essay, begins with a set of pictures of two picnickers in a Chicago park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of the entire known universe, the camera gradually zooms in until we are viewing the subatomic particles on a man's hand.
What do we know about the Universe that has changed in the past 40 years?
English discussion with Seniors:
defining paradigm shift--see wikitionary definition:
1." A radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view to a new one, necessitated when new scientific discoveries produce anomalies in the current paradigm."
2." (US) A radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view to a new belief."
1) Write down concise answers to the questions:
Where Am I?
What Am I?
What am I for?
2)Charting answers on white charts & examining others' viewspoints. Take your journal and copy down others' existential ideas. Collect the ideas as a tourist would.
Which better explores the limits of human understanding--Science or Religion?
Submit proposals for essay to answer the above. Discussion about how to approach the essay.
Juniors: Study U.S. Constitution
Break: Juniors and Seniors switch classrooms.