Emotion as a Way of Knowing: INTRO

“We think and name in one world, we live and feel in another” – Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

“Emotion” comes from the Latin “movere”, “to move”. In this unit we will refer to emotions as feelings, moods, and passions. We’ll also touch on intuition. We will be exploring ways in which emotions are a source of knowledge, as well as how they can obstruct knowledge. Finally, we’ll examine the relationship between emotion and reason, and how they both affect our decision-making.

UNIT QUESTIONS

–       In what ways are emotions activated by internal and external factors?

–       What are the dangers of emotion?

–       What are the strengths/ benefits of emotion?

–       What is the relationship between emotion and intellect?

–       How do we recognize and categorize emotions?

–       How does body language and facial expression exhibit emotion?

–       What is the importance of emotion in human affairs?

–       What is the relationship between emotion and reason?

–       How are beliefs and emotions tied together?

–       How do chemicals, altering substances, and technology affect emotions?

–       To what extent can a machine have emotion?

–       What role does emotion play in decision-making?

–       Are emotions/feelings essential?

–       What is the role of intuition in…creativity? science? maths? historical research?

How are you feeling right now? Maybe this will help?

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http://smyface.com/

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Now let’s check out how people around the world (at least the bloggers and microbloggers) are feeling.

http://visual.ly/we-feel-fine?view=true (cannot be viewed in Chrome)

We Feel Fine scans blog posts for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. This is an approach that was inspired by techniques used in Listening Post, a wonderful project by Ben Rubin andMark Hansen.

Once a sentence containing “I feel” or “I am feeling” is found, the system looks backward to the beginning of the sentence, and forward to the end of the sentence, and then saves the full sentence in a database.

Once saved, the sentence is scanned to see if it includes one of about 5,000 pre-identified “feelings”. This list of valid feelings was constructed by hand, but basically consists of adjectives and some adverbs. The full list of valid feelings, along with the total count of each feeling, and the color assigned to each feeling, ishere.

For more on DIGITAL ANTHROPOLOGY: Take a PEEK inside the WE FEEL FINE BOOK (amazing infographics!)

TRACKING EMOTIONS USING DATA MINING + DATA VIZ

TWITTEROLOGY: A New Science? 

TWITTER STUDY TRACKS WHEN WE ARE

WHY WOULD COMPANIES WANT EMOTION-READING SOFTWARE? 

FACE-RECOGNITION SOFTWARE + THEGUARDIAN’s PHOTOS= “Today’s Emotional Breakdown” Infographic 

EMOTICON ANALYSIS (in Twitter)

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The EMOTIONALLY VAGUE PROJECT: (ANGER/ JOY/ FEAR/ SADNESS/ LOVE)

Process

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We will replicate this project in class using paper people, a Google doc, and a tag cloud creator. You will need to place marks on the paper person in response to these questions: Where do you feel this emotion in your body and if it has a direction, draw arrows.

ANGER  JOY   FEAR    LOVE    SADNESS

On this Google doc, please fill out the thing (word or phrase with no spaces) that makes you feel those emotions and the color you associate with the emotions. We will be creating a tag cloud after all 3 classes participate, so it’s fine to repeat a word or phrase.

FILL THIS OUT PLEASE

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2o Feelings and Situations Everybody Hates: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/20-feelings-and-situations-that-everybody-hates/

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What if you were functionally unaware of your emotions? http://www.damninteresting.com/the-emotional-bankruptcy-of-alexithymia/

Is Your Face Giving You Away?

The JAMES-LANGE THEORY (named after the 2 psychologists who came up with it), suggests that emotions are essentially PHYSICAL in nature, closely tied to our bodies, and that bodily changes come before and even cause emotional changes.

– If you remove the physical symptoms of an emotion does the emotion disappear?

– If you mimic the corresponding physical symptoms can you generate an emotion?

– If you talk with someone experiencing a particular emotion, do you yourself unconsciously mimic the physical expressions of his mood, leading to EMPATHY? (we call this “picking up on moods”)

– Can moods then be “infectious”?

However – this theory doesn’t address the role of our minds. Our beliefs can affect our emotions, and our emotions can affect our beliefs!

HOW A MOOD MUSIC MACHINE CAN READ AND HELP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS:

Emotion Categorization Links

Contrasting and Categorization of Emotions

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Wikipedia: Emotion (includes theories)

Vocabulary of Emotions (Extensive List)

List of “Feeling” Words (by category)

Emotion and Memory (Wikipedia)

Plutchik Wheel of Emotions

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How do emotions affect our decision making (LINK to reasoning)?

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First Class

Check out our room: 

 

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SUMMARY OF RESPONSES TO SURVEY:

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Welcome to TOK!

You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self…

Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,

You must travel it for yourself. 

It is not far, it is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born…

and did not know…

Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself (1855)


 

Hello, class of 2014! I’m excited to start this blogging journey with you. You will be curators for the next 2 years, and these blogs will help you share your findings and reflections to the world. I’ll be doing my own share of blogging as well. Have fun and think deeply!

Please check out Eric MacKnight’s “STAGES OF TOK” and his “ADVICE from STUDENTS”

 

1. MUCH OF TOK CONSISTS OF QUESTIONS

2. WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTENT

3. DISAGREEMENT IS LIKELY 

  •  Face each other to ensure eye contact.
  •  Be a good listener. Be open to, and respond to, what has been said. Do not just wait to state your own preconceived idea.
  •  Respect all: No gloating, taunting or sarcasm.
  •  If you have something to contribute there is a moral imperative to do so.
  •  Do not pretend to understand if you don’t. Ask for clarification.
  •  One voice at a time. No ongoing battles between domineering individuals.
  • Be rigorous and have fun!

 

What’s TOK all about? Here’s my Prezi overview to hopefully explain what we’ll be doing for the next 2 years.

 

 

Did you buy the Course Companion Book?

We’ll be using REMIND101 as a tool for more effective communication. Please download this info and set it up asap.

Setting up your TWITTER account

We will be using “the backchannel” in class discussions and during films. You will also find Twitter valuable for curating sources on your own. Please download this document to help:

SETTING UP YOR POSTEROUS account

Posterous is the blogging platform we’ll be using in this course. It’s been recently purchased by Twitter and is even the official blog for TEDtalks.

There are many resources to help you get started and navigating. Just look to the helpful links in the right hand side navigation of this blog. In the first TOK session I hope to have you set up the basics and paste your personal blog space URL here:

https://docs.google.com/a/lejardinacademy.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Audn0mjvDd8mdGVETlRVclRQcmhMNkNyMm9Fb2lONWc

After that, I will create a page linked to this blog with everyone’s spaces and handles.

*Remember- you can change your theme any time if it’s not working for you.

Check out these sample TOK blogs from the DP2 class:

Momi http://momicarlbom.posterous.com/

Selah http://selahchung.posterous.com/

Taylor http://taylorijh.posterous.com/

Grace http://graceqiu.posterous.com/

Makena http://makenamcpherson.posterous.com/

Logan http://kahapea.posterous.com/

MAKING QUOTE POSTERS

During the first session (time allowing), you will be asked to choose a quote from this spreadsheet and create a poster to decorate the room.

Access the spreadsheet and read through the quotes, then “claim” the quote by typing your name next to it.

https://docs.google.com/a/lejardinacademy.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Audn0mjvDd8mdDlud3BBYUZnVVozWGkzRndEV203c3c&pli=1#gid=0

Think about what image would be perfect with the text’s meaning. 

You may make the poster in any way you like- with original or found photography, hand-drawn, interesting typography (fonts only). You may also choose any tools you like.

*for something easier than Photoshop, try http://www.picmonkey.com (like old Picnik)

**After you are finished, either submit to me by hand or email a high quality version so Ms. Piche can print in color.

FOR FUN – a BIT OF BONDING

Make a group music video with the iPad app VidRhythm (I’ll upload to our YouTube). See this: http://www.vidrhythm.com/howto

 

 

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