Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21st

Philosophize:   Are religion and science compatible?  Can they work together to illuminate meaning in our lives?  Or do they contradict each other?

Starter 2.21 :  Response to NOMA and the “Skeptic”:
React to the idea of “Non-overlapping Magisteria” and/or Michael Shermer’s article.  Identify a specific passage in the article and agree or disagree with it. 

Stephen Jay Gould's "NOMA" Non-overlapping Magisteria
Read Gould's original article (linked) for more depth of information!
Non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA) is the view advocated by Stephen Jay Gould that science and religion each represent different areas of inquiry, fact vs. values, so there is a difference between the "nets" [1] over which they have "a legitimate magisterium, or domain of teaching authority," and the two domains do not overlap.[2] He suggests, with examples, that "NOMA enjoys strong and fully explicit support, even from the primary cultural stereotypes of hard-line traditionalism" and that it is "a sound position of general consensus, established by long struggle among people of goodwill in both magisteria."[1] Still, there continues to be disagreement over where the boundaries between the two magisteria should be.[3]
Quote from Gould:  "Our failure to discern a universal good does not record any lack of insight or ingenuity, but merely demonstrates that nature contains no moral messages framed in human terms. Morality is a subject for philosophers, theologians, students of the humanities, indeed for all thinking people. The answers will not be read passively from nature; they do not, and cannot, arise from the data of science. The factual state of the world does not teach us how we, with our powers for good and evil, should alter or preserve it in the most ethical manner"

The Scientific World View:
  What Makes Us Human?

Watch Rick Warren's TED Talk"A Life of Purpose"
  • How does his faith give him purpose?
  • Are his arguments convincing?
  • ven if you are not religious, what can we learn from his example?

4 corners
Religion and science are inherently incompatible.
A religious worldview gives life more meaning than a scientific worldview.

Journal 2.21:  Reflect on today's deconstruction.
How do religion and other forms of spirituality give meaning and purpose to human life?  How does science? Can the two work together to illuminate meaning or do they contradict each other?  Which gives your life more meaning?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday, February 20th

Much gratitude to Laci, for teaching us today.  Take it in, kids.

If there is extra time:
4 corners
Religion and science are inherently incompatible.
A religious worldview gives life more meaning than a scientific worldview.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Wednesday, February 19th

What claims could we make about its meaning?

Vonnegut, "Yes, We Have no Nirvanas

What is Kurt Vonnegut's take on Transcendental Meditation?  What is his tone? What is his message?

Make an interpretive claim about the author’s intention.  SHARE

MEET the Maharishi…
What do you think of the idea of Transcendental Meditation?

JOURNAL 2.18: What were the results?  Did the quiz tell you what you already knew?  Did it surprise you at all?

For tomorrow (page 35 in your reader)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday, February 13th

How did yesterday go?  Yes, you may all have an extension on film paragraph due to internet issues!  Who might want to share their claim itself? Feel free to revise it for sophistication!

New questions for our study….
  • How do religion and other forms of spirituality give meaning and purpose to human life?
  • How does science deal with life’s great mysteries?
  • Are religion and science compatible or at odds?

"Starter": What is the difference between religion and spirituality? 
In pairs:  Come up with a short list of phrases, words, sentences, quotes that you associate with each word:  RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY

"The Creation" by Eduardo Galeano
1. Illustrate the passage.
2. Make an interpretive claim about the passage
3.  Discuss:  What questions is Galeano answering?  How does this passage relate to the questions of the week?

HONORS: Check out Cat's Cradle if you haven't yet! Book Club seminar on March 4th

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Wednesday, February 12th

Into the Wild film

Intertextual Claim Response Assignment
(See page 2 of this document for possible prompts and example claims)

Here is the example I spoke of, where the student analyzed the meaning of the belt.  Please don't copy her, but feel free to make an unconventional claim such as this.  Notice the sophistication of the claim itself!

For your reference:  Mini-workshop on interpretive claims 

Soundtrack Resources

Lyrics from the soundtrack

See Genius as well:



Google Film Criticism on this movie? If you do this, CITE the source!

HOMEWORK? When you finish your paragraph, read Yes, We Have no Nirvanas” by Kurt Vonnegut, located on pages 37-43 in your reader. This is homework if you don't get to it!

Tuesday, February 11th

Let's see how other artists add layers of meaning to Chris McCandless's story! 

Into the Wild Film Response (due at the end of class tomorrow)

Monday, February 10th

Welcome, Janae!

Please turn in your Into the Wild reflection/synthesis assignment by midnight tonight!