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Aesthetics – Phils day off

For my Phil’s day off assignment for Aesthetics i decided to stop by the Vancouver art gallery while i was Downtown.

I had never been before so it was a unique experience. I thought that going to the art gallery was perfect for this unit since its all about the principles of beauty and artistic taste.

I was with my Mom and many of the pieces i would like but she wouldn’t and vice versa. This made me realize that aesthetics is probably the unit that I understand the most because it makes so much sense to me that everyone has different opinions on what beauty is and has different artistic taste.

I don’t believe that beauty can actually be defined. The term “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is so true. I learnt that each unique person will see things in his or her own way.

 

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Courtney – Links to blogs

Logic – Abortion Debate

Abortion Debate – Courtney Mignot

Time

Is time an illusion?

Metaphysics – Phils Day Off

Phils Day Off – Metaphysics

Epistemology – Discussion AND reading

Knowledge Discussion/Reading Post – Courtney Mignot

Epistemology – Phils Day Off

Knowledge, Phil’s Day Off – Courtney Mignot

Epistemology – Final Synthesis

Epistemology Final – Courtney

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Phils Day Off – Metaphysics

For a day I covered all of the clocks in my house. I wanted to see how long a day felt when you didn’t know what the time was and if moments felt like they lasted longer because I wasn’t rushed.

Goals:

I hoped to see if time still felt like it was in segments or if it flowed.

Outcomes:

I felt less rushed and stressed and the day seemed to flow more and also felt longer. I felt as if i wasn’t stressed and didn’t care as much what the time because I was just enjoying the day and going at my own pace.

 

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Epistemology Final – Courtney

When we started this unit i thought that it wouldn’t be that hard because knowledge is all around us and knowledge is everything!! So how hard could it be? I was mistaken though, the detail in which we had to research our initial questions made this unit very interesting and I actually learnt a lot.

Discussion: 

The first thought that popped into my mind about the unit of knowledge was “knowledge is endless”. No one can accurately or definitely define knowledge. Knowledge is many things, it is power, is it unique, it is knowing you know nothing and i believe that all of these examples tie together to show that knowledge is in fact everything and endless at the same time.

Once i decided on my question I started this process by coming up with my own questions and ideas. Some of these were..

-Is it possible for one person to be smarter or more knowledgeable than another? Because everyone has areas that they perhaps excel in more than others.

-Do we learn things without even knowing it?

-Can being too knowledgeable ever be a bad thing or hold you back for some reason?

-I believe that knowledge is absolutely everything and surrounds us everyday.

I spoke with Erin, Helena, Tali and Alejandro quite a lot about this topic. When Erin and I talked about my statement about knowledge is endless, she agreed with me but also said something that stood out to me. Erin asked “how do we measure knowledge and know how much someone has learned or if it endless? and there is no real answer to that question because there is no way to measure knowledge. So I realized that knowledge being endless is just a thing that i believe strongly but cant actually ever prove.
When Helena, Tali, Alejandro and I spoke we got off topic a little and ended up trying to figure out if knowledge is perception or capital T Truth. This discussion made me realize that knowledge in a way is a very personal topic and may mean different things to different people. So back to my topic, i realized that i believe knowledge is endless but others may believe that once you’ve learnt all you can about a subject then that is that.

Reading:

I did my research on “knowledge is endless” and wasn’t able to find that many blogs that helped answer my questions but instead i did find a couple really good quotes which opened my mind more to the concept of “knowledge is endless”. They are stated in my previous “reading” blog posts. By finding them i realized that no matter how smart we think we are, how much we study or how much we actually know, it will never be close to knowing all we can because knowledge IS endless. There will ALWAYS be someone who knows more than you, there were always be new knowledge about certain things being brought to our attention and we will never stop learning, even if we want to.

Phils Day Off:

My goal for Phil’s day off was to figure out if it is at all possible to truly know how much there is to learn in the world and I learnt quite a lot from it.

One day at work I asked all my co-workers if they had learned anything new that day and some of the answers i got were actually surprising. The one that really stood out to me was “each day we constantly learn new things, sometimes without even knowing.” I learnt that its true!  Even if we decide to just stay home one day and do nothing, we are actually learning something, we would learn that we are in fact lazy and sometimes like relaxing at home instead of going out.

Final:

I really enjoyed the epistemology unit. It made me realize that the world we live in is basically one big encyclopedia that we are constantly learning new things from.

This Phil’s day off was different from the last because I felt as if I knew what project to do and what questions to ask to make it more  meaningful. I think I definitely was able to  get more of my questions about Epistemology answered than I was during the Metaphysics unit.

After talking with my classmates and researching my topic online, It helped me realize that no matter what the topic is everyone will always have a different opinion on it. I also realized that knowledge as a whole is actually a way bigger topic than i thought and its actually scary to think we will never/cant ever realistically know everything there is to know. I think the conversations i had with classmates about this topic were much more in depth than previous ones.

I have learnt that i believe knowledge is endless and that even if you think you know everything, in our changing society, there will always be new things to learn.

 

 

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Knowledge, Final Synthesis – Courtney Mignot

I really enjoyed the epistemology unit. It made me realize that the world we live in is basically one big encyclopedia that we are constantly learning new things from.

I would say the conversations that i had with classmates about this unit were much  more in depth and meaningful than ones I’ve had in the past units.

I have learnt that i believe knowledge is endless and that even if you think you know everything, in our changing society, there will always be new things to learn.

 

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Knowledge, Phil’s Day Off – Courtney Mignot

My goal for Phil’s day off was to figure out if it is at all possible to truly know how much there is to learn in the world.

One day at work I asked all my co-workers if they had learned anything new that day. Most of them said no but then one girl said something very interesting. She said she believed that throughout each day we constantly learn new things, sometimes without even knowing. I took some time to really think about what she said and then I realized that I completely agreed with her. Even if we decide to just stay home one day and do nothing, we are actually learning something, we would learn that we are in fact lazy and sometimes like relaxing at home instead of going out.

I still would like to know if it is possible for anyone to ever be content with how much they know or is it human nature to always strive to be more knowledgeable.

This Phil’s day off was different from the last because I felt as if I knew what project to do and what questions to ask to make it more  meaningful. I think I definitely was able to  get more of my questions about Epistemology answered than I was during the Metaphysics unit.

 

 

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Knowledge Discussion/Reading Post – Courtney Mignot

When our class started the Epistemology Unit and started talking about Knowledge, the first thought that popped into my head was that knowledge is endless. No one can accurately or definitely define knowledge. Knowledge is many things, it is power, is it unique, it is knowing you know nothing and i believe that all of these examples tie together to show that knowledge is in fact everything and endless at the same time.

Once i decided on my question I started this process by coming up with my own questions and ideas. Some of these were..

-Is it possible for one person to be smarter or more knowledgeable than another? Because everyone has areas that they perhaps excel in more than others.

-Do we learn things without even knowing it?

-Can being too knowledgeable ever be a bad thing or hold you back for some reason?

-I believe that knowledge is absolutely everything and surrounds us everyday.

I did my research on “knowledge is endless” and wasn’t able to find that many blogs that helped answer my questions but instead i did find a couple really good quotes which opened my mind more to the concept of “knowledge is endless”.

“Knowledge is like an endless resource; a well of water that satisfies the innate thirst of the growing human soul. Therefore never stop learning… because the day you do, you will also stop maturing.” – Chidi Okonkwo

also…

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.

– Isaac Bashevis Singer
Finding these great quotes helped me because i realized that its true, no matter how smart we think we are, how much we study or how much we actually know, it will never be close to knowing all we can because knowledge IS endless. There will ALWAYS be someone who knows more than you, there were always be new knowledge about certain things being brought to our attention and we will never stop learning, even if we want to.
I spoke with Erin, Helena, Tali and Alejandro quite a lot about this topic. When Erin and I talked about my statement about knowledge is endless, she agreed with me but also said something that stood out to me. Erin asked “how do we measure knowledge and know how much someone has learned or if it endless? and there is no real answer to that question because there is no way to measure knowledge. So I realized that knowledge being endless is just a thing that i believe strongly but cant actually ever prove.
When Helena, Tali, Alejandro and I spoke we got off topic a little and ended up trying to figure out if knowledge is perception or capital T Truth. This discussion made me realize that knowledge in a way is a very personal topic and may mean different things to different people. So back to my topic, i realized that i believe knowledge is endless but others may believe that once you’ve learnt all you can about a subject then that is that.
After talking with my classmates and researching my topic online, It helped me realize that no matter what the topic is everyone will always have a different opinion on it. I also realized that knowledge as a whole is actually a way bigger topic than i thought and its actually scary to think we will never/cant ever realistically know everything there is to know.
 

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Is time an illusion?

The whole topic of time really interests me so i decided to do my research on “is time an illusion”. Over the course of reading through a couple different essays I think i definitely found some answers to my main question.

I think that time is a very hard subject to get answers about because so many people believe different things and no one has concrete answers. One of my main questions was “who decided that a day is 24 hours?”, there weren’t many answers along these lines but reading different peoples thoughts made me think of new questions surrounding time that had never even crossed my mind before.

One of my favorite essays was a case study in means-end metaphysics by Christopher Hitchcock (http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehcs/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=21&sid=b4c5a641-3c04-47ba-9137-3d8f9064cfb9%40sessionmgr114&hid=109). He wrote a lot about the relationship between events and time and whether or not the time at which the event occurred is crucial to that event. The example he used made the point he was trying to get across a lot clearer, it was…if a meeting was scheduled for Monday but then re-scheduled for Thursday, is the meeting that will occur on Thursday still the same as the one that would have occurred on Monday? This really got me thinking, would it be the same meeting? Its almost as if when it was first scheduled it occupied that time but now that it was re-scheduled it a completely new and different event.

Another part of the essay that stood out to me was the part about “why is time special”. How i understood it was that Hitchcock was basically saying that if 2 possible events are on the same grounds then one cant happen without the other but one also doesn’t prevent the other one from happening. The example he used, which again made this topic area a lot easier to understand was, if there is a fire in a certain place in April then on those exact grounds there could possibly be a fire in May (if its not put out by then) but if the fire didn’t happen in April, it doesn’t mean that one could start in May.

I now have deeper knowledge about the whole concept of time and i am very happy that I researched this topic more.

 

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Abortion Debate – Courtney Mignot

This video was obtained from youtube.

These two ladies are debating about abortion, Megyn Kelly is on the left and Debbie Wasserman is on the right. Debbie is being asked many tough questions that often raise a lot of controversy between people.

Debbie’s conclusion is that her and her political party believe woman have the right to make their own reproductive decisions and that the government cannot take that right away from them.

Points that formed her conclusion are…

  1. The majority of the country support the right for woman to choose what they would like to do (abortion or not).
  2. The decision to have an abortion or not should be between a woman and her doctor, not a woman and the government.

Truth, validity and soundness:

I believe that Debbie’s points were definitely valid, you can tell she believes in what she is saying and supported each and every one of her answers. Abortion is a very difficult subject to bring up but still, her argument is probably seen as factually correct to many people who agree with her and a study was actually done to see how many people support a woman’s rights to choose so that point is true. With this being said, I believe that it is a sound argument.

 
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