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Minnie (Sasi Ounpiyodom) 1109

WORLD HISTORY II Q1 PROJECT: LEARNING RECORDS

Date: 28/08/17

Goals/Questions: I plan to briefly discuss about what my group has researched over the weekend and give
each person their roles for the project.
Reflection: Since our previous meeting, we gave each other topics to research on; Me- 1st half of American
Revolution + Rationalism, Mind- 2nd half of American Revolution + Colonization, Jane- John Locke +
Lockeanism, Genie- Voltaire/Rosseau. The reason why we gave Genie 2 people to search for was because so
she could decide which one would be easier for us to integrate into our fiction.

In todays meeting, we discussed about what information we have gathered up to date. Overall, we
did not achieve as much as we wanted today. We realized our information is not clear and substantial enough.
We did not decide who are going to do which part of the project yet. I feel like our group needed more time
to understand the topics first, but we did not have enough time in class to do more researching. So we settled
on more researching until the next time we meet. Our main objective for the next meeting will be to
thoroughly discuss and connect our information together.

Date: 29/08/17

Goals/Questions: We plan to thoroughly discuss about our information and decide who would do which part
of the project.
Notes: Roles: Minnie: writer / Mind: storyline, Layout artist / Jane, Genie: storyline. John Locke is the main
character throughout the story.

Rationalism:
- Reason is the main source of knowledge.
- Most knowledge is innate (exist before)
- All knowledge we know was built up from what we know before. (according to Plato)
- Logic > Emotions
- Believed in god because of reasons NOT miracles
- Observing through the five senses are not trustable (according to Rene Descartes)
- Most things are certain and can be proven.
- Thinking process of a rationalist: Analyze a fact, decide what would happen, and understand how they
got to the answer.
- People should choose their own paths
- Prominent from 1750s to 1800s (around the time of the Enlightenment)

Reference: https://prezi.com/vquxa72kmfer/rationalism-american-revolution/
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rationalism-empiricism/
Reflection: We were able to distribute our responsibilities for the actual product. I thought our roles were very
suitable. In this way, we can all use our best skills to contribute something to the group. I was able to research
on what rationalism was. I still need to research more on its relationship with the American Revolution.

As I watched some summary videos about rationalism, I realized that its ideas are kind of old-fashioned. I was
curious about the idea of innate knowledge. Does innate knowledge include morality? Because if then, it
would affect Lockes idea that humans are born neutral.
Minnie (Sasi Ounpiyodom) 1109

Date: 30/08/17

Goals/Questions: To research more on Rationalism and connect it to the American Revolution. What role
does rationalism play during the Enlightenment?
Notes: Rationalism was a big part of the Age of Reason or the Enlightenment.
- John Locke is against rationalism. All knowledge is obtained through experience.
- Most knowledge is innate (exist before)
- The main objective of the Enlightenment/Scientific Revolution was to transform society by using science
and reasons rather than beliefs to explain natural phenomena.

Reference: http://www.history.com/topics/enlightenment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C-s4JrymKM&t=338s
http://www.mesacc.edu/~davpy35701/text/empm-v-ratm.html
Reflection: To summarize, rationalism do play a major role in the Enlightenment, which then would inspire the
buildup of the American Revolution. I discovered a major difference between rationalism and Lockeanism in
which Locke does not believe innate knowledge exists. Instead, knowledge only comes from our experiences.
As rationalism was created since Platos period, I assume that it motivated Locke to prove the idea of innate
knowledge.
As I realized the difference of Lockeanism and rationalism, I wondered if there were any other
ideologies during the Enlightenment that contradicted rationalism. So, theres one that stood out which is
Empiricism. Empiricism states that knowledge is obtained through senses, which is different from rationalism
which believes senses are unreliable. Turns out, Locke was also a strong empiricist. However, Lockeanism and
rationalism are similar in which they believe humans are naturally good.
From doing research today, I felt very confused when I found out Locke was not a rationalist. The
following problem in my fiction writing process would be to connect Locke with the idea that he opposes. Do I
focus on their similarities or their differences? How do I insert that connection into the fiction?
Also, in todays lesson, we talked about Immanuel Kant, a person who believes strongly in logic and
reasoning to the point of wanting to replace religion with it. His idea relates closely to rationalism in which he
values reason over emotional or religious beliefs.
Minnie (Sasi Ounpiyodom) 1109

Date: 05/09/17

Goals/Questions: We decided on creating a story timeline. How do we create a cohesive story with every idea
connected?
Notes:

Reflection: We were able to put each major events and ideas in a reasonable order. Although this flowchart is
not specific, we decided we would adjust and add on to it again after we finished researching everything. I
thought it would be best to organize which idea would be written first, so we could focus on that idea. As a
writer, I could add Lockes feelings and narrative after writing the main ideas, to add a fictional writing style to
the raw information. As we did not have much time today, I plan to connect the idea of rationalism and
American Revolution next class.

Date: 06/09/17

Goals/Questions: Research about rationalism during the Enlightenment.


Notes: The Enlightenment (mid 1700s-)

- to enlighten = to shed light on, to make it clear


- inspired by the scientific revolution
- challenges the traditional way of doing things, observes human nature
- based on empirical observation, and not on metaphysics or spirituality
- the universe behaved according to universal and unchanging laws
- There is god, but he does not control humanity

Relationship with Rationalism:

- Believe in eternal truth


- Knowledge is obtained with reason only, without using senses, by scientific method
- French rationalist- Voltaire during the French Revolution
- Nicholas Melbranche- tried to challenge the church using Christian convictions, innate ideas exist only
from god
- Empiricism (against rationalism) dominated Britain at that time
- Immanuel Kant is a traditional rationalist

Reference: http://www.history.com/topics/enlightenment
- https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/monarchy-enlightenment/rococo/a/a-beginners-guide-to-the-
age-of-enlightenment
- http://www.philosophybasics.com/movements_rationalism.html
Minnie (Sasi Ounpiyodom) 1109

Reflection: It is important to know how rationalism was popularized back then, who were the people involved
and what were their main ideas. Because rationalism was a part of the Enlightenment, the idea spread from
Europe to America as seen in the American Revolution. What I have to do now is find out how rationalism was
used during the American Revolution, and whether it was significant any of the key events.

Date: 07/09/17

Goals/Questions: To summarize a rough plot of the fiction and separate them into parts which everyone can
be responsible for. To start writing the introduction part of the fiction.
Notes: Timeline: Introduce John Locke => Current situation => Idea: Rationalism => Causes of revolution:
colonization => Voltaires idea => Revolution: Boston tea party => Johns feeling => End => Reflect to ideas
(X colonization) => Effects

1st sentence: The owner of revolutionary ideas concerning the natural rights of man and the social contract,
that is what I am to the people. My name is John Locke.

Reflection: We were able to add on to the previous flowchart, making it more specific because we already
knew most of the topics. Although I would want to take more time to discuss the topics weve researched so
that everyone would have at least an idea of what they are going to write about. Nonetheless we started
writing the actual fiction. We agreed that it would suit best to briefly introduce who John Locke is in the first
sentence. The next thing we would do is describe a bit of his biography and the current situation of the story.

Date: 18/09/17

Goals/Questions: Organize which topics would go in which order, the information each paragraph will cover
Notes:

+ Paragraph 1
- Now he is in Massachusetts, USA
- Born on August 29, 1632, in Wrighton, Somerset, England
- Current career: political philosopher
=> Why did he become political philosopher?
+ Paragraph 2: Mind
- His views towards current situation: Britain tries to intimidate Massachusetts.
- Lockeanism
- Very beginning: causes and colonization
- Reflect to Voltaires idea of social contract: civil liberties, freedom of religion and free trade
+ Paragraph 3: Minnie
- British troops occupied Boston (to enforce the Townshend duties: taxes on paint, paper, tea, etc.)
- Committees of Correspondence established throughout the colonies to coordinate American response to
British colonial policy
- First shots of the war were fired at Massachusetts
- British form an alliance (Loyalists: people seek their freedom)
+ Paragraph 4: Jane
- America declares its independence (Second Continental Congress)
Loyalists leave America
- Treaty of Paris ends state of war (ratifies the independence of the 13 North American states)
- U.S. Constitution
- Colonization
Minnie (Sasi Ounpiyodom) 1109

+ Paragraph 5: Genie
- Effects of the American Revolutionary ( => France )
- Other effects
- John Locke views towards Rationalism and existed war, Lockeanism

Reflection: Today, we were able to specifically write down what we want to include in each paragraph. The
names behind each paragraph tells that that person will be responsible for summarizing the information listed.
We tried to direct the story in a chronological order, as in causes -> war -> effects of the American Revolution.
Compared to every work day weve had, I think today was the most productive because we now have a clear
idea of what we have to do over next week. Once we have the research part readily laid out, the writing
process would be easier and faster as we only need to compile them altogether.