If you've ever had to use an adolescent brain, you've probably noticed it doesn't work like the brains of normal people (like children or adults). It gets distracted easily, is prone to emotional overloads, takes way too many risks, and needs sooo much sleep! For this week's forum, we'll be looking at what's going on inside your skulls. Do you realize half the brain cells you were born with will die before you turn 25? It's okay, you weren't using them anyway (seriously).
Monday, August 24, 2020
Welcome back to Trinity Academy Forum! As we start season 13 (because of course, it would be season 13) we'll be doing forum via video at least initially.
This week, we'll be looking at how we define humanity and the special rights and responsibilities reserved for that group. Susan Savage Rumbaugh has worked with Bonobo Monkeys for many years. These apes are a smaller version of a Chimpanzee, but are remarkable in their human-like qualities and abilities. In this talk, we will explore the boundary between animals and humans and what test would determine whether a being should be treated as a person.
At this week's forum, we will be watching a talk by Susan Savage Rumbaugh on Bonobos and what she's learned by studying them.
- Read this section of Psalm 139
- Read Shakespeare's (possibly ironic) view of man's distinction in this famous monologue from Hamlet.
- What are the differences between how men and apes think? This article has some answers.
- Read this argument against Ape intelligence in an interview with Noam Chomsky
- Peter Wise of the Non-Human Rights Project has been working to gain several lab apes standing as persons in US court. He had success when an Argentine court more recently granted legal rights to an Orangutan.
- In this editorial, Jeff Sebo makes the case for why some animals should be legal persons.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The pre-Forum assignment is posted below. The last page should be printed out and turned in during Homeroom or emailed to your Homeroom teacher no later than 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 11th. You will need to complete part of the assignment on your Naviance Student account, https://student.naviance.com/tar. If you have problems logging into Naviance Student, please email Mrs. Dougherty day's career day.
Follow the instructions on this Investigation Worksheet and turn it in to your Homeroom Teacher by Wednesday March 11th.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Due to the winter break, forum prep is limited.
- Please take the team roles test at this link.
- After completing the test, read the descriptions of all the roles, then use this survey to share your thoughts on the exercise.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
In 2003, Nick Bostrom, wrote a paper for Philosophical Quarterly that argued that there is a very strong chance that our entire universe and everyone who ever lived in it is in fact only a simulation running on a very advanced computer system.
While his original paper has some pretty significant math and probability calculations, his basic idea can be read here.
The always excellent XKCD comic has an interesting scenario where someone who is likely in a simple simulated universe creates their own simulated universe.
Bostrom answers some questions about his idea here. This document refers to other ideas in philosophy and science you may not have encountered, so don't feel you need to understand all (or even most) of it.
Dilbert comic creator Scott Adams has a blog on the world and politics that often makes some very interesting observations. In this article, he answers the question how to know if you are a real person.
In this article, Glen Reynolds shares how the Simulation Argument could explain our political situation.
This Article gives some arguments for why we are probably not in an artificial universe.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
"What is the role of faith in politics?"
"How can I tell if I'm being truly objective?"
"How much should we trust the science of evolution or global warming?"
These are the kinds of questions that young adults will wrestle with as they try to understand their place in the world. Trinity Academy of Raleigh explores these and similar questions in The Trinity Academy Forum -- a bi-weekly speaker series and dialog for 9th - 12th grade students.
The class seeks to foster Socratic dialog and critical thinking skills by presenting students with thought-provoking and often controversial subjects. When possible, these subjects are presented live by expert guest speakers, but sometimes they may use a video presentation from sources like TED.
The Forums take place on Wednesday mornings. Students from grade 9 through 12 attend the forum. Parents are also invited to attend the forum. Other guests who would like to observe a forum will usually be welcome, but should contact the school for permission.
Parents should note that, because the forum is intended to foster dialog and critical thinking, it may often deal with subjects and viewpoints that may fall outside of (or even be contrary to) a Christian worldview. The views and opinions expressed by speakers and moderators in the forum class are not necessarily those of Trinity Academy or its leadership, but representative of views our students are likely to encounter after they graduate. We believe exposure to these subjects is important to better prepare our students for college and life.