Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Known Unknowns

8:05 AM, that is the time I woke up this morning. My roommate set her alarm for 6:55, so why did we get up so late? Well, she set it for 6:55 PM. Luckily the sun managed to seep into every last corner of the room, and it woke me up. We managed to get dressed in record time, 15 minutes. Sadly, we had to skip breakfast due to the super long lines. I was planning on getting an orange, but it just wasn't meant to happen.

Chloe in class working on her drawing.
In class today we focused on a particular speech delivered by Donald Rumsfield, and famous philosopher Zizek's interpretation of the speech. The speech went a little something like this, "There are known knows, things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know that we don't know, but there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know, we don't know. " The video of the speech being given was played at least ten times, that even now when my eyes begin to close from exhaustion, all I can hear is that speech. It was very interesting how Prof. Lamas approached the process of enabling us to open our minds to those words. At then end of class, we were given a drawing assignment. We were supposed to draw whatever came to mind, how we felt, and try to incorporate yesterday and today's discussions. It was a relaxing assignment for me.

For our afternoon class section, we were taken to a park. The purpose of the field trip was to talk to some of the people who are currently and directly involved with the Occupy Movement. I have written at least four essays on the Occupy Movement, so I've spent a few late nights researching this historic act. It was very intriguing to be getting all of this information straight from the source! 

On the way back to campus, Cameron and I got seperated from the rest of the students, but luckily we were with  Prof. Lamas and Michael. I was actually happy we were no longer with the rest of our group, because I got an opportunity to get to know Prof. Lamas, as well as Michael. We talked about a variety of things over a cold treat, and with this hot weather, there was no better treat than ice cream.
Chloe and Susan
The rest of my evening was spent with my cohort. We all, including our chaperone, went shopping to Urban Outifters. I really enjoyed our time together, because we really haven't been able to see each other much. Lucky for me, tomorrow is the 4th of July! The means I will spend the whole day with my lovely cohort and wonderful chaperone! As for now, I am in bed and ready to say goodnight to a great Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. Knowing what you know is always important but knowing what it is that you don’t yet know is equally important. When you know what it is that you don’t yet know, this allows you to ask the right questions to help fill in the voids and end up actually knowing more. Does this make sense?

    And what’s your take on what Mr. Rumsfeld was saying?

    Just curious, what prompted a field trip to Urban Outfitters? Of all of the places in Philly to visit, why UO?