Introductory into Constellation option: Things Can Be Otherwise
Knowledge: enquiry is an ongoing, interactive process; a form of questioning
What is learning? What is a student? More than just studying? – ROLE?
Selecting what to learn? – learning; importance; difficulty
1st year: Enquiry is an interactive process – essays: what have you enquired? explored? More about what you enquire than your opinion
3rd year: publish knowledge – aim: enquiry knowledge so well that the dissertation will be off publication standard.
What counts as knowledge in the internet age?
Histories, theories, artefacts, texts, beliefs, concepts, arguments – comparing and contrasting
Argument: how you support and challenge
Things Can Be Otherwise: other appearances from competing perspectives being with another, for another – can you really, truly understand? Can you know?
Enquiry as an interactive process
- A single, final truth or a network of differences
- Openness to other views
- enacts my will or co-creates my being and what is possible in the world
- Iphone, therefore, I am – cybors
- as a brain-sneeze; as difficulty; as empathy; as looking; as sculpture
- write for someone who doesn’t know
– The Self
- Mind, body and soul
- there is no such thing
You are always for another – write for another; talk; work – not for yourself
– tools; help solve an issur
Is us: phones: tools shapes us
CYBORS – we are shaped by the tools around us
Do tools change you?
- dating websites
- contact with relationships
- identity is shaped by technology – helped by technology?
Souls or Cyborgs?
- we are constructed by our environment
- next generation could be cyborgs
- we have souls, you can’t beat human interaction
- does the digital world make those contacts?
1637 – R. Decartes, ‘I think, therefore, I am’ – start of the modern world
- Can think for ourselves
- independent from God
- think and question
- human being with a soul distinct from God
1760-1830 – Industrial Revolution
- human engineering
- shaping the world
1870-1950 – Artistic reaction to mechanisms and mass production; reaction to modernity
- capturing light a way an image can’t
1960-? – reaction to excess of modernity and modernism
1947 – T. Adorno, M. Horkheimer – Dialectic of Enlightenment; concentration camps, how one thinks they’re above another being