Last Tuesday, 22nd of November; the whole year 12 students (grade 11) sat down to listen original Tedx Talks by our seniors, year 13 (grade 12) students. These Tedx talks are recorded and uploaded live on a youtube channel, most of them talking about existing issues in the world, specifically in Indonesia, and linking it to a CAS project of theirs.
A talk by Christopher Carr
“All knowledge is copyrighted. It is not your original idea”
This was the opening sentence of Chris’ talk, as accurate as I remembered. Personally, I thought about something similar before. Why do I end up sitting in a chemistry lesson for two good years learning materials like 6.02 × 1023 is a mole? Why are we required to “learn” these set of “knowledge”? Why do we learn bonding of elements or titration; instead of other knowledges like, what are taxes and how do we pay them? Perhaps this knowledge could be more helpful in the near future? Then again,
Who am I to decide which knowledge should children learn in schools?
But wait, then who decides on the subjects we learned in schools at the first place; what rights does he/she have to do so?
What are these knowledge anyway, and where do they come from?
In Chris’ TED talk, a specific Area of Knowledge is applied: Ethics. He questions about knowledge, and that none of the human beings on earth “owns” knowledge; it is copyrighted. According to TOKish wikispace, Ethics is defined as
“Ethics involves a discussion of the way we ought to live our lives, the distinctions between right and wrong, the justification of moral judgments, and the implications of moral actions for the individual and the group.”
He then talks about everything that we’ve told (knowledge) has always been lies. For example, we know the famous phrase “All children should have access to education”. He explained how this statement is a lie, because this concept never actually existed until someone point that out and “applied” this “knowledge” to us; but in fact, we all believed in it for no reason at all, because we have the ethics to judge. An example to support Chris’ statement is, children who doesn’t have birth certificate doesn’t have the prove that they existed; so how does these children deserve education if they don’t even have their prove that they existed? Therefore his CAS project: Cyber Shanty gave children birth certificates and also teaches them how to use the internet (each of them owned an email address, which is another prove to the world that they existed).
The two Ways of Knowledge applied in his talk is Faith and Intuition. In theoryofknowledge.net, it is provided the definition of faith and intuition:
Faith – complete trust or confidence in someone or something: this restores one’s faith in politicians; 2strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof: bereaved people who have shown supreme faith, a particular religion: the Christian faith, a strongly held belief: men with strong political faiths
Intuition – the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning: we shall allow our intuition to guide us, a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning: your insights and intuitions as a native speaker are positively sought
As explained above, Chris mention about this specific phrase “All children should have access to education”. The fact that a lot of us, or maybe, most of us trusted this statement, we have faith to believe this person whoever claimed this “knowledge”. Without this trust, we wouldn’t be using or believing this statement at all. Especially when whoever said and claimed this phrase also didn’t have any prove to support himself; however we instinctively know that his statement is correct. We just simply believe that every children needs education because we just “feel” that it is the right thing to do. Why are we believing things in the first place? Is it the convincing prove/truth? But what is truth and how do we know if its truth?
How is this happening? Since when do we humans start to claim/create/invent knowledge?
What are our powers?