PHASE ONE

Week one:

Hello everyone!

My name is Xuanbai Zhu, but most people call me Oliver. I am an international York freshman majoring in film production. I was born and raised Changchun, a small town located in north eastern China near the North Korean border. I finished high school in downtown Toronto after coming to Canada in 2016. I have very little experience in podcast production, but I do listen to podcasts quite often. My favourite podcast is Pull Up by CJ McCollum. I feel confident about completing the project and I am very interested in None Of Us Deserve a Citizenship by Michelle Alexander. I can relate to the people mentioned in the article as one of my personal goal after university education is getting Canadian citizenship. My study permit expired last year during August but I failed to realize that I need to renew it prior to the expiration. So I was forced to defer my September York admission and go back to China to renew my permit. Therefore, I feel deeply connected to the stories in the article about non-citizens struggling to live on foreign lands for a better future.

I think one of the more commonly used tactic for efficient researching among undergraduate students is using searching engines. Online searching engines like Google Scholar allow users to look for professional articles related to their topics with keywords. It pretty much instantly give users thousands of professional articles to choose from with the most relevant ones at the top. Undergraduate students like me take advantage of these searching engines to save time. On the other hand, searching engines do have limitations. Most articles found through online searching engines need to be purchased before accessing while libraries allow customers to borrow for a way cheaper price. Therefore, online researching can cost a few more dollars sometime but the extra money spent might be justified for faster research speed.

Week two:

Everyone has opinions. But, opinions can seem useless sometimes because they are not always justified by evidence. Something being an opinion simply means that someone assumes it to be true. While opinions are simply views or judgment formed about something, opinions can be better or more valued than one another according to Dr. Michael LaBossiere. In his blog about misconceptions of philosophy, he compared a doctor’s opinion to the opinion of a five-year-old in order to prove that not all opinions are equally valued. This statement is true also because only justified true belief is considered knowledge.

Some people might argue that all knowledge is simply a matter of opinion because there will never be an opinion that’s well-supported enough to be undoubtedly true. People might even argue that we all live in a Matrix-like world where everything humans believe is simply computer programmings. But, I think contemporary knowledge proven by contemporary truth does exist to a certain degree. For example, in the world of the movie Matrix, despite that people are living in a dream-like reality, proven scientific knowledge of that reality is still contemporarily true for that reality. That is to say, knowledge is not simply a matter of opinion because knowledge can be proven even if it's only contemporary.