For this project, I worked with Zoe to create a presentation answering the question, “Is math discovered or created?” To view our Prezi, click the link below.
Below is our planning document:
Group member: Jacob Steiner and Zoe Cook
Estimated Timing of Pres: 20 minutes
Topic (why is it significant?): Math
Essential Question: Is mathematics discovered or created?
1. What is the real life situation under consideration?
- is math worth studying? does the origin of the knowledge affect whether or not its worth studying?
2. What is the TOK knowledge issue(s) (questions) that will be the focus of your presentation?
- Is mathematics created by humans or discovered from the natural world?
- Does the way we perceive knowledge affect what it “actually” is? Is it “actually” anything?
3. Write a summary in note form (like a bulleted list) of the way you plan to deal with the
a. How will you identify the knowledge issue(s)?
- clearly identify the two main knowledge questions and explain what exactly they mean, giving the example of mathematics (as shown in the video)
b. How will you show your personal perspective?
- examples of knowledge that we have learned in our classes
c. How will you make connections to other Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge?
- an examination of each of the Areas of Knowledge and whether they are created or intrinsically existent
- history (two Nikola Teslas video, maybe)
- the arts/ethics (math as an aesthetic, Alain Badiou)
- sense perception’s lack of ability to connect to math
d. How will you examine the knowledge claims and possible counterclaims (i.e different perspectives)? Tip: ask yourself, what would someone who disagrees with the claim say, and what reasons would he give? What about someone from a different culture, age group, religion, class, educational background?
- “mathematics is created” and “mathematics is discovered” are counterclaims to one another, so each will be examined with respect to the other, including schools of thought and philosophers from each side
e. How will you examine the implications of knowledge?
- what does it mean is knowledge is not intrinsic, but created? does it make knowledge worth any less? does it affect the way we will use knowledge?
f. If there is bias, how will you examine that? What about assumptions and presuppositions?
- bias towards wanting knowledge to be external, to be discovered, that we aren’t just making up things to
Type of Presentation: Prezi?
Items you will need (e.d handouts, costumes, script, projector): projector, notes, computer