The aim of this activity is to help students better understand the rationalist concerns about the use of our experience and senses to gain accurate knowledge. This activity gives students the opportunity to experience a concept we have discussed theoretically in class and to understand the problems of relying on our senses and observation for information
This activity, which takes place in one 2 hour class, employs the Active learning strategy of Inquiry-Based Learning. It is done after we have looked at some of the concerns between the rationalists and the empiricists about the reliability of experiential knowledge.
Working in groups, students participate in experiments for each of the 5 senses. The experiments are designed to show them that the information gained that way might be unsure and therefore unreliable. Students work rotate through the different stations, one for each of the 5 senses, so that they can experience them all.
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