“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.” – Andrew Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Inference: we learn partially using our vision. Learn constantly.

Question: can our eyes be trusted?

Hypothesis: no, our eyes cannot be trusted. There now exists technology that is able to simulate reality, such as Photoshop.

Conclusion: keep your eyes stretched wide and take in all that you can. Keep your mind open and question all that you can. Keep a pencil in hand and record all that you can.

Capture the present in words of the past.

My name is Sophie Zheng, grade 12 student at William Lyon Mackenzie. I enjoy reading, running, and meditation, but I believe in writing.

It’s a commonly accepted fact that what distinguishes the Homo sapiens sapiens subspecies is partially the development of written language. Although first  used in Mesopotamia to keep track of trading, predominately involving wheat and goats, now writing is the world’s primary method of communication.

Is it therefore difficult to believe that Socrates believed that reading would rot the mind, lessen the value of learning, and was inferior to memorization? His arguments reflect more modern arguments against the rise in technology, proving that past generations are almost certain to disapprove of present innovation.

Why is this in the About Me section?

I love learning. I love gaining knowledge. I love watching Khan Academy AP World History videos hours into the night, devouring fact after fact about the five coalitions that failed and the one that won (the French Revolution was truly the epitome of a mess).

I love discussing social justice issues, whether it’s with my friends, boyfriend, or cat. I love buying my cat heaps of expensive, catnip-infused toys and stand by as she amuses herself instead with bits of yarn and a half-dead fly.

But most of all, I love falling asleep with a large, fat cat curled around my head, and waking up to the same cat asleep on the pillow beside me.