Monday, March 20, 2017

TOK 1, Day 70 (3/20): Mixing Humans and Nonhumans

Let's talk through "Mixing Humans and Nonhumans Together: The Sociology of a Door Closer"

Then, you can begin working on your next writing assignment for me.  You have two options for this assignment:

  1. Follow the line of thinking suggested by Clark and Chalmers: Choose a specific piece of knowledge and consider how your understanding of it extends into the world around you. Your choice of topic should be concrete and specific enough to be manageable within the word-limit, but should be compelling and suggestive enough to give you some interesting things to say. Consider:
    1. Procedural knowledge: your understanding of HOW TO DO SOMETHING is very often tied up with the actual materials that you are manipulating in the world.
    2. Shared Knowledge Constructs: your understanding of HOW THE WORLD WORKS is often embedded in the objects around you.
    3. Identity: Your personality and the perceptions you convey about WHO YOU ARE are very often bound up with the things that you use, wear, and do. 
  2. Follow the line of thinking suggested by Latour: Choose a specific object in the world and investigate the social functions of the object.  Again, pick an object that is CONCRETE and specific enough to do some interesting thinking within the word limit (Consider how much Latour was able to say about a simple door closer).
    1. What human work does it do? 
    2. What assumptions does it make.  
    3. What action does it prescribe back on us? 
    4. What opportunities does it open, and which possibilities does it foreclose?
For both responses, create a visual map of the synthesis that you are attempting.

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