Yesterday in class we discussed the question “Is google making us stupid?” Nicholas Carr explained it within his well written piece.
I do not believe google is making us stupid. I genuinely believe that there is so much information out in the world that every single person can learn and continue to learn whether it’s a familiar topic or not. However, I do believe that there is so much excess information out in the world that simply is unnecessary and not true. When you type a word into google, millions of links are found. The first couple of pages are always the most helpful but as you get further into each founded page, the searches begin to get more irrelevant and further from the researched topic.
It is so easy to get lost in a sea of information when there is so much of it. There are pros and cons to this as stated early, one of the cons being that you may end up gathering information that is simply false. However, a pro to this wide range of information is that there is so much of it, it is so easy to gain so much knowledge at the click of a button- literally. Once that search button is pressed, all information written about this word or topic from all over the world, is combined into one space that’s easily accessible. That is simply MINDBLOWING.
In class a peer explained that google is so resourceful, more people should use it to their advantage. I completely agree. As I’ve stated in other posts, i think every person should learn at least a little bit of new information each day. It takes 5 minutes to gain a better understanding about a topic and to have this search engine in our world is outstanding and is not making us stupid. If anything, it’s making people more knowledgeable which is always needed in our world.
I believe that rhetoric can be found and used within sciences only to a certain extent. For sone topics within science, researches, professors and scientists themselves are able to present information in such a method that people will just listen to these professionals and take the opinion that was presented or implied by the professional. There’s not many topics within science do to the fact that most information within science is in fact, factual.
What attracted me the most to becoming a science major was the fact that the majority of things taught within science is factual. In no way am I stating that all the scientific objectives, observations and information that we learn are pure fact, but I do believe that science is one of the main foundations of our entire world. Without the environment and our earth laid down millions of years ago, our society and culture would not exist. This is not me being bias whatsoever, I truly have always believed in this idea even before any interest in my major. Without our earth and solar system, our world would not exist today. With that being said, as the foundation of our world was laid down, this is where finance, business, history, art and all other subjects and topics come into place. However, I believe that without sustainability of our environment, our earth would simply not exist. Buildings would not be able to be built on our land and animals would not having their own habitats. Without sustained habitats our food would not exist and humans would not be able to live as they have been for the past thousand of years
I often attempt to explain this to people that ask me the question “what are you gonna do with that major?”. I believe that many people are just too ignorant and lazy to take the time to understand specific topics- even ones that are most essential. To take the time, just a mere 10 minutes- to learn about our environment and the cause and effects of climate change, can change someone’s viewpoint and opinion on the topic due to the fact that they’ve gained a deeper understand.
With all being said, I do not believe that science is 100% truth and facts. But I do believe that it’s one of the topics closest to it and it’s an essential for everyone to have at least a brief understanding of it.
Although Michaelangelo’s David, is so beautiful and indescribable, the fact that my classmates and I were able to have the opportunity to visit easily one of the most famous pieces of art in the world is simply surreal and hard to grasp hold of. Walking around an exhibit filled with some of the most famous pieces of artwork is simply breathtaking and even if one does not necessarily fully understand the deeper analysing of a piece, just the fact that they are there in the same vicinity of the piece unbelievable.
As we made our way directly to Michaelangelo’s David, the first thought that popped into my head was how large the piece of art truly was. Isabel began to point out particular details to us such as David’s enlarged hands, feet and neck, Michaelangelo’s decision to make David’s pupils heart-shaped for specific reasons. She even shared the parts and details of David that were most intriguing of her. However, the most intriguing part to me was not how large the statue was, not the fact that Michaelangelo was only in his late 20’s, but the fact that these small details and imperfections are such large roles as to why this piece of art is so famous. As cliche as it sounds, these imperfections are what make the sculpture of David, David.
The day after we visited David, I sent some photos to my friend I met at work over the summer due to the fact that he has an obsession with Michaelangelo. Coincidentally enough, He sent me a link to a New York Times article written August of 2016, where the author discuss the popularity, imperfections and his overall obsession with Michaelangelo’s David. It’s pretty intriguing and shines a new light on David that one may not be able to think of on their own.
Today in class we began our discussion by touching upon the idea of truth v.s argument and how these two ideas may or may not be relevant to each other. Many peers explained that a specific argument needed to have ‘truth’ or ‘facts’ in order to be effective. By being effective, this argument needs to have a certain rhetoric and propose this argument with particular truth towards the directed audience, having them agree with this argument and looking down on the opposing one. I completely agree with this claim and I believe you can take this ‘truth v.s. argument’ into consideration throughout our every day lives as well as in a more general environment such as the country as a whole.
As our class moved forward from truth v.s. argument, we began to discuss another topic that had some relevancy to the primary one, and that was the relationship between truthful knowledge v.s. public opinion. I touched upon this topic briefly, stating in a broader sense that when a person is more knowledgable about a topic or subject than another person, it becomes ‘easier’ to have a certain opinion about this topic. When a person is less knowledgable about a topic, they may just listen to what they hear from their peers or from the rest of their country via news and social media. To obtain truthful knowledge would be to gather the proven facts on a topic and being able to form an argument about this topic. However, having a public opinion about a specific topic would suggest that a person may not take into consideration these facts about the subject, regardless of whether they are true or not.
To get into a more specific topic I began to discuss the idea that many people around the world do not believe in the progression of ‘Climate Change’. In the documentary ‘Before the Flood’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio where he travels the world to many different countries, both the wealthy and the poor, he touches upon the idea that many people around the world do not believe climate change and global warming is real. That being said, these people that have this public opinion most likely come from countries who seem to not “be as effected” by global warming than others such as various third world countries. Coming from a major whose entire study is developing solutions to sustain the environment and help climate change regress, I believe that this public opinion is led by the absence of listening to the truths and facts about climate change, and how it is effecting every single person around the globe. Taking the time to learn the facts and truth about a topic is what truthful knowledge is about.