Where it all Starts: The Brain (Film)

“We’ve learned more about the brain in the past 5 years than in the past 5000”


For the next 2 periods or so we will be viewing a History Channel production called “The Brain” (2008)

There are quite a few TOK “Knowlege Issues” in the film. (see bottom of this post for resources about Knowledge Issues)

Here are the major topics addressed:

FEAR AND PANIC

NERVES AND STRESS

SEX

RISK RESPONSE

MORAL DECISIONS

THE EVIL MIND

MEMORY CAPACITY

AMNESIA

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION

THE NEXT CHAPTER (BIOTECH) – TECHNOLOGY AND THE BRAIN

While watching the film and as we pause and discuss, I’d like you to participate in a backchannel conversation.

One period we will use TWITTER (mostly so you can get used to it) and the hashtag #TOKbrain 

The next period we will try out TodaysMeet using these links: 

Period 6: http://www.todaysmeet.com/brain6

Period R3/I3: http://www.todaysmeet.com/brainr3i3

DejeunerTOK: http://www.todaysmeet.com/brainlunch

Post-film Assignment: After commenting on some of the knowledge issues in the film, your task is to hone in on one of the topics addressed in the documentary and find a relevant article or video clip which explores that topic more in depth. 

POST the article link or EMBED the video on your PERSONAL BLOG SPACE and:

1. briefly summarize what it’s about (in the intro to your post)

2. tease out any knowledge issues (see below for help)

3. pose a few questions (it should make you wonder some more)

***note: since the film was produced in 2008, try to find something more recent. 

***try these places for research: the favorite links on this web site; Google advanced search; Instagrok search engine; Twitter; PBS streaming video site (search: “brain”, “neuroscience”, “neurology”, “mind”, “cognitive”, etc.)

KNOWLEDGE ISSUES: 

Your Course Companion has a section on Knowledge Issues, sometimes called “Knowledge Questions” (pp. 269-275)

I have create a PREZI and have compiled some helpful links regarding knowledge issues, where to find them, and how to create the question:

http://ljatok13.posterous.com/diigo-links-and-prezi-knowledge-issues

SAMPLES

Amnesia in Depth (Devon)

Brain and Knowledge Issues (Selah)

Memorizing Everything (Logan)

How Sports Affect Your Brain (Georgia)

Hypnosis and Amnesia (Cheryl)

Athene’s Theory of Everything (Luke)

EXAMPLES OF CURATED VIDEOS

Episode 1: Blueprint for the Brain from Science Bytes on Vimeo.

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