Perception vs. Reality

September 5, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

The students were introduced to two concepts earlier this week – that Perception and Reality can be very different and that Western Civilization has two basic and opposing Worldviews on the nature of Reality itself (going back to Plato vs. Aristotle). Characters from the sci-fi movie, The Matrix, were used to illustrate the point.

After viewing material and discussion, questions were asked:

And now, simply for fun !:

  1. Sue Armato
    September 8, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I would love to “audit” your class! It’s great that you are teaching these philosophical theories to our students. I have not had to discuss Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, etc. for years. I’ve enjoyed discussing these ideas and brushing off my Plato book.

    Great job! Thanks!!

  2. ljhs
    September 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Sue,

    Thank you very much! You are most welcome to come in and observe a Social Studies class or two.

    Our first unit covers three areas that help to prepare students for the rest of the year – 1. Metacognition/brain/cognitive strategies 2. Worldviews and cultural frameworks 3. Political Spectrum and forms of Government. After this unit students will have a common vocabulary and understanding necessary to analyze and discuss historical events.

    We will be doing more with philosophy and philosophers in this unit in terms of both lecture and classroom activities. Why don’t you email a list of dates in September that are “good” for you and I will make arrangements for an observation time with the Office secretaries on one of the dates.

    Thanks again!

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