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Soft Sciences v Hard Sciences: Why the Separation

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What are the hard sciences?

PhysicsChemistryBiologyAstronomyGeologyMeteorology Soft Sciences? PsychologySociologyAnthropologyArchaeology But why are they separated? Hard sciences include experimentation that can be pretty easily set up with controlled variables and are measurable. The results of hard sciences can be set up to be represented through mathematical reasoning. And results should not change if the variables remain the same.
Soft sciences are essentially intangible. These relate to the behaviors, interactions, thoughts, and feelings of human and animals alike. Soft sciences refer to the scientific method but because of human nature its very difficult to do an experiment twice and receive the exact result as the first time. Sciences involving the study of people are difficult considering its hard to isolate every variable that contributes to the influencing of the outcome. Controlling the variable can actually alter the results, making soft sciences harder to experiment with.

Core Memories From Inside Out

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While watching Inside Out in class and answering the movie guide I began to think about my own core memories and my personal milestones. The first memory to come to mind isn't one of profound positivity. Why do I remember negative things quicker than the positives?

Memories are ongoing life experiences that provide one with a sense of self. They provide comfort with familiar people and settings, enable you to connect past experiences and lessons to the present and establish a foundation for one's future. Memories make us who we are. And while memories are a fundamental part of the human being, they are not a tangible existence. They are an abstract concept of the human mind that is used to describe the remembering process.

So what is it about negative memories that make them so much easier to remember? Every experience stimulates the memory sensors differently. There are many different structures and neuron pathways that are associated with retrieving memories, being that emo…

Human Sciences: Languages

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When talking about human sciences, I looked at the concepts that make up human sciences, one of which being language. Every culture has the language its people speak. There are languages that are beautiful to listen to, smooth and roll right off the tongue, and then there are languages that are choppy and shrill with broken up syllables that make your brain feel like its going to melt because the people speak it so fast.
   What fascinated me about language in human sciences is just thinking about language. I am currently learning Spanish and when I listen to Spanish, the vocabulary translates to English in my brain to make me understand it. This is because I am not fluent in Spanish, therefore, I still think in English rather than thinking in Spanish.
I began to wonder if this occurrence happened with people of other cultures as well. Obviously, other language speaking people don't convert a different language into English in their brains if they don't speak it, but I won…

Learning Objectives

The advantage of developing a new system to judge work in TOK would be more beneficial to us because the work we do does not consist of a correct percentage out of one hundred. We do quality work and have passionate discussion that seems to me unable to rank. Numbers cannot describe words and I believe honest discussion about the progress we make as individuals would be a more fair assessment than that of grading participation. Our core work and learning is done through discussion so numbers cannot begin to fairly assess our dense content that we cover. Theory of Knowledge is not simply a participation or completion grade, it is heavy discussion and contemplation that a number grade can not even begin to describe. The problem now, is finding a way to fairly assess ourselves in the theory of knowledge.

This I Believe: The Power Of Literature

I sat in my desk in class in the seventh grade. That period was one that switch every nine weeks to another class, this nine weeks I had a writing class with the teacher who also instructed my language arts class that was first period. The teacher was out that day so the substitute told us to sit quietly and write anything in our notebooks. Anything. I could turn that blank notebook paper into anything my imagination could create. I remembered a dream I’d had the night before and began writing. It turned into a narrative. A story about a girl, who was a princess believe it or not. I didn’t stop writing until the forty-five minute class was over and I only stopped then because I had to leave the classroom to go to my next subject. And I wrote through that entire class as well. My mind wouldn’t stop creating this story it had started. I would read when I couldn’t write. I would live through the stories. I loved the thought of having access to living so many lives, any life I wanted. I co…

How Is The Learner Profile Reflected In The Way I Live My Life?

The learner profile is something that has worked in my every day life throughout the entirety of my being alive. Especially the top two attributes in my personal profile, those two are caring and principled. The few at the bottom are also very common in my every day life, whereas the characteristics between the top and bottom are not very prominent, I just wasn't strong or weak in any of them.
Caring is something one could say I am too much of sometimes. I work hard to be compassionate to others and I try to be understanding of the fact that I don't know what someone else is going through, so I need to not always say what I think about people. I like to be sympathetic to those that are going through hard times in their life, even someone I'm not necessarily fond of, it is in my nature to be there for them and listen to them, give them a shoulder to cry on. I care about people who don't care about me, which is a fatal flaw of mine, I always put in more than whoever is on…