"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Author: stephanie.feng (page 1 of 2)

Who Are You Politically?

I personally don’t believe that I am political because of two reasons.  First of all, I am not of age and have yet to do more research on my countries politics (Australia).  With these in mind, I am not particularly interested in the world of politics however, I do believe that everything with a decision can be turned into something political. Through one of the political bias tests (Nolan Chart) that I took, it shows that I am in the middle between economic freedom and personal freedom. I feel like it is necessary to be informed about what is happening around us politically, however, this does not mean that we should not learn and read about what is happening around us. Especially during recent times, I have paid more attention to the news and the sources from which I am getting my information.

With society already like what it is now, there is no need to turn everything into a political debate even if everything around us can be turned into something political. Something as small as what color t-shirt to wear or what food to eat. For example, if someone were to order Chinese food, it could be taken into two categories, “American Chinese” and “Traditional Chinese”.




TOK – social dilemma

The documentary The Social Dilemma is such an insightful documentary! It gives an insight into what goes on behind the scene of social media and basically everything online. The most interesting part and a part that I think everyone should remember is that we as consumers of mobile phones have become the product. Even though the intention of making such social media was not to harm anyone, great harm was caused both mentally and physically.

My Notes:

There is a problem in the tech industry

  • Beneath all these that is causing this to happen
  • Shouldn’t be something only the tech industry knows, everybody should know

“We have to make money” – facebook monetization

Selling their users – advertisers are the customers, the people are the product

  • If you are not paying for the product, you are the product
  • Our attention is the product, the advertisements are the customer
  • It’s the gradual slight imperceptible
  • They sell certainty – you have to have great – you need a lot of data
  • A market place that trades in human futures, has produces trillion of dollars that have made the internet companies the richest company if humanity

3 main goals

Engagement goal, growth goal, advertising goal

Persuasive Technology:

  • How could you use everything in psychology about how to persuade people and put that into technology
  • Modify a persons behavior
  • Programmed at a deeper level
  • Like a slot machine in Vegas

“Social media is not a tool just waiting to be used. It is demanding things from us.”

Technology is programming the users

Technologies ability to bring out the worst in society which is the existential threat

Society is incapable in healing itself and now is devoting into a chaos

“digital Frankenstein”

Technology is going to stay in our lives, IA is going to get better

Last generation of people to know what it is like before the illusion?

Confusing because both dystopia and utopia at the same time

A bunch of people who are trapped under technology

Almost no laws around digital privacy

Law is behind this

Protection of the companies and not the users

  • Undermine democracy and undermine freedom

Short-term thinking from the making profit

Cooperation makes us looks at things they want us to look at and not what will benefit us

Failure of leadership, need public attention

Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth?

To begin, the definition of truth needs to be established first. However, this understanding of truth may be different from person to person, for example, the truth of God. Not only would the definition of truth vary from person to person, but also in different subjects, like the truth in science may not be the same truth in religion. Each way of knowing can only provide a certain amount of truth as each has its own limitations. It is more likely to have a combination of the ways of knowing to lead to a more supported truth; think of the ways of knowing pieces of evidence to support a claim.

The eight ways of knowing are emotion, memory, sense perception, imagination, reason, intuition, faith, and language. These eight ways of knowing can be separated into two categories.  One that holds more subjective value and another that can be based on a materialistic concept. The more subjective ways of knowing can be faith, imagination, intuition, and emotion. This is because these ways of knowing greatly rely on one’s experience and personal feelings towards something. The group that is more based on materialistic concepts is sense perception, reasoning, memory, and language. These ways of knowing would have more solid evidence in finding the truth compared to the others, these ways of knowing are more strongly correlated to an event that has happened. For example, if you see something, remember it, and then explain it through language, it would be more substantial reasoning to believe it when compared to someone’s faith, imagination, intuition, or emotion. A great example of this could be seen in a game of Among Us, if one crewmate says that the character Red is the imposter because they saw him vent or kill someone, it would be more reliable than if they were to say that they think it is Red off of a gut feeling. Even though, these individual ways of knowing can lead to the truth, no one individual way of knowing can lead to a definitive truth; they all rely greatly on each other for someone to draw conclusions on something. An example of this is that emotion can be impacted by memory and language, where the emotional connection towards something is the result of dug up memories or the interpretation of a language.

Overall, I believe that no one way of knowledge can lead to definite truth but the combination of the ways of knowledge allows for a more solid path to finding the truth. With this final statement, it should not be forgotten that there are still limitations when using the eight ways of knowing in finding truth.

Interview Parents on Knowledge – TOK

The way that my mum got her knowledge was mainly through reading and watching tv shows, especially Hong Kong TV shows. Many skills and knowledge that she knows now are based on reading books and TV shows.  The TV shows that she would watch would be explaining things that she would eventually use in her life, like cooking or buying stock. But during school, most of her knowledge came from textbooks and talking to professors, teachers, and her parents as one was a reporter for a big government newspaper and another was a Mandarin and math professor in a university. When comparing how knowledge was taught in school for my mum and how I learn knowledge, I feel like the main difference is the way we intake knowledge and the type of knowledge that we know.  The different way we would intake the knowledge would be the difference of the development of technology, even though my mu had computers, it wasn’t something that would be easily accessible on a daily basis and the internet didn’t have as much information. Secondly, the type of knowledge that she would have had to understand at school compared to me would be different as the time period is different and she went to a local school, with different structures as an American high school. Even with all these differences, I don’t think the way this knowledge is known would impact one’s understanding of the knowledge but rather the speed and the amount of knowledge.

“Ignorance is Bliss” Debate – TOK

In our TOK lesson, we were asked to debate on the question if ignorance is bliss. My team was on the agreeing side, where we believe that ignorance is bliss. I personally believe that ignorance is bliss. I also believe that based on the points given from the opposing team, they won the debate however our crossfire points were solid and further persuaded me about ignorance and bliss.

We were the agreeing team so we started off with establishing key terms, that ignorance is referred to as situational ignorance and bliss is happiness. Our first point was that gaining knowledge about the world around us would cause mental stress on us therefore not causing bliss. We also argue that because humans tend to focus and think more about the negative emotions that surround us, ignorance would be more blissful. Another point that we mentioned is that if we simply don’t know about something, then there is nothing to be stressed or worried about; we cannot worry about something that we don’t know. However, one of our arguments that I personally was not so clear about is the statement that knowledge causes isolation.

The opposing team argues that ignorance is not bliss. Where ignorance can harm or endanger someone like if one were ignorant of the road sign when driving. Another main argument made by the team is that knowledge is needed to achieve happiness and that if one is ignorant they may not know what happiness is. They also pointed out that knowledge can help one find what makes one happy or be more successful in achieving happiness.

Still, after the researching, developing and supporting that ignorant is bliss, my opinion that ignorance is not bliss still stands. Both teams of the debate were on completely different spectrums of ignorance

What do you know for sure, and how do you know it?

Firstly, the interpretation of knowing something is a concept that is hard to grasp. A definition that needs to be understood is what it means to know something. A person can state that they know something but how would I be able to determine whether or not this fact is correct. If I were to google this information, who said that what google states are true.

I can say that I know something, someone, or how it works, but once  I peel back a layer or look at it from a different perspective. What I knew before may not be what I know now.  Knowing isn’t something that can be gathered, controlled, or held, it’s an ever-changing concept and a concept in which is being developed every second that a person is alive.

I personally believe that unless you experience it yourself, through the five senses, the percentage of truth that it holds cannot be determined. It is like someone saying that they saw a ghost and that ghosts are real; I cannot say that this is false, nor can I say that this is the truth. Only once have I experienced the same thing can I then say that I do know.

Furthermore, many people would say that they know for sure how they feel about something or their thoughts towards something. I truly do believe that this is all that someone knows, but it is an ever-changing feeling. Such personal thoughts are the only thing that I can say for sure that I know, this is because it is my personal opinion or thought, it’s not something that someone else can decide for me.

To conclude, one of the few things that I know for sure is that I don’t know “anything” for “sure”. I can’t explain why something actually is that. In fact, life can be a whole hallucination and I wouldn’t even know it.

Artifact Wall 3.0

Understand the word understanding,

It isn’t something that is so flying.

They say that it is just that easy,

But it has made everyone queasy.

Cuz you gotta think about every single part,

Gotta touch their frickin heart.

No thought should be missed, no aspect dismissed.

All those layers you gotta peel back, don’t be a slack.


Find all the pieces to the puzzle, get every single view.

It’s gonna have some ditches, why you feelin so blue.

Just take your time to understand, not everything will go as planned.

There are things that won’t be known,  and things that won’t be in zone.

Look through a different glass, and see for yourself.

All those stories to be told, all those books on the shelf.

Gotta see every different perspective, they say it will be subjective.

But it is something that has to be done,  something not so fun.


It’s true, they have opinions too.

But the art of understanding isn’t so simple.

Everything starts off as a small ripple.

Then different layers start to form,

And all the perspectives are born.

No, it’s not that simple!








Building Design: Create and Improve

I had to practice sketching architectural buildings and spaces.  Something I found challenging was getting the proportions of the objects and space correct, especially since I couldn’t take pictures of the space to get accuracy.


Something I changed from the original floor plan is the place where the staircase is positioned.  From the original floor plan, I changed several wall placements but I had to make sure that the structural poles remained the same in order for a real building to not fall over. The biggest change is the position of the staircase. The decision to change this is because it would provide a more modern look to the building and creates more of an easy flow to the area.

changed to


This is the poster for my final project:

J’space poster

Interior Design: Design & Plan


what should be included in the design:

  • tearoom
  • restroom
  • kitchen area
  • community space
  • offices
  • easy flow from room to room
  • showroom space


amount of people:

  • offices: 4-6 people
  • small events: 10-15 people
  • large events: 30 people


birdseye view sketch:

first floor:

second floor:

perspective sketches:


making sketchings of the interior design of a warehouse showroom.

different views of the building. (different perspective drawings)

things I need to complete:

  • different perspective sketching
  • birdseye view planning (done)
  • take pictures of the space
  • maybe do the outside design of the space as well

Original Plan:

Dimensions:  205.20   m x 147.60 m

Total Area:3028.75m^2

First Floor

Second Floor

Nature Inspired Chair Design

Our research problem was to incorporate nature into our chair design. My inspiration for this project was honeycombs, something that drew me towards this is the interesting shape that is so naturally formed.

In the beginning, I had two designs that I sketched out however I didn’t use any of the two designs that I thought of. On the day that we were supposed to make the product, I thought of a simple but aesthetically pleasing design. And this is my Sweat Stool.

My original design seemed too complicate and would have been very difficult to build using cardboard as it consists of a leg shape chair.

In my sketches, it is easy to tell which sketches I spent more time on. Looking through my sketchbook, it seems color-coordinated, but I never had those intentions.

Something that I could have done better was to make it more challenging, the design that I thought of for my final chair no seem too simple. Next time I would want to spend more time brainstorming different chairs and not just stick to one solid design. It would be very interesting to see what I originally wanted to create come to life.

In this new design, the main shapes are hexagons since that is the main shape that can be referred to as honeycombs. Something that I thought was challenging was creating the poster that went along with it. Because this design is so simple, it was difficult finding something to explain and fill up space. Overall I really liked my design and hope that one day I may be able to create this.



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