In-Depth Blog Post #2

In your second in-depth post comment on your progress so far and how you were able to incorporate the first three aspects of how to have a beautiful mind.


The three aspects of how to have a beautiful mind are how to agree, how to disagree, and how to differ. They are all tactics in better achieving a respectful and fruitful conversation with mentors! While these skills are extremely beneficial to have, I cannot apply it in real life just yet as a possible mentor has put down my request for mentorship after a month of communication.

Where am I right now and how did I get here? I am currently doing independent research while actively trying my best to search for a mentor. I have called DavidsTea branches near my home to seek possible employment. Unfortunately, none of them are hiring at the moment. I got in contact with Jessica Henderson (pseudonym) to look for connections that may be interested in hiring me. Jessica no longer works at DavidsTea, but she gave me the contacts to her former manager, who she told me was very knowledgeable in tea and might be interested in mentoring me. I got in contact with this person, and it took a few messages back and forth to clearly explain the in-depth project at talons. after about two weeks, she told me that she appreciated that I took my time to ask her, but that she won’t have enough time to do this for me. She did, however, tell me that she can ask some of her friends if they were interested in mentoring me. I said it’d be great if she could do that for me. It has been a few days, there is no answer yet. I am waiting for an answer while searching online for nearby tea rooms that may have people that are interested in this project.

(I swear, Murphy’s law is real.)

It has been quite difficult so far. I couldn’t let myself make no progress whatsoever in the meantime, so like I said earlier, I am doing independent reserach by myself. I have been educating myself about the different types of tea there are and have been drafting some ideas for my learning centre. I would like to create a tea bar to serve my guests on in-depth night! An interesting fact that I learned while doing my own research is that green, white, oolong, and black tea are actually all made of the same plant, but the drying and preserving process that is wildly different from each other makes them different teas! Isn’t that cool?

Since the second blog post asks for incorporation of the first three aspects of the beautiful mind, I will make hypothetical situations to simulate how I can apply them in real life.


  1. How to agree

Since it is important to not agree on absolutely everything the mentor says just for the sake of listening, respectfully agreeing and disagreeing is crucial. If the mentor says something like “Green tea has the heaviest caffeine containment.”, I could try to further question them by asking things like “Compared to what other teas?” Or “Does it depend on concentration?” to know where they are coming from [to understand] their logic (p. 6).

2. How to disagree

Again, disagreeing is important as it may help further understanding or catch minor mistakes. Making an effort to understand the mentor’s views and trying to think about why they may say certain things may help. If the mentor says something like “Tea is generally bad for you.”

Instead of becoming angry and saying things like “That’s absolutely incorrect! You are wrong.” I can say something like, “I do understand that the caffeine in certain teas can certainly be unhealthy. Why is tea otherwise generally bad for me?” To find points of agreement and disagree respectfully using questions that may lead to me learning about where they are coming from.

3. How to differ

This is more applicable when the mentor and I are talking about topics that include opinion. I think celebrating diversity is important, and I also think that diversity can be as large of a topic as ethnicity, but can be applied within small things like the preference of tea as well. If a mentor thinks that rooibos tea is the best tea of all, I could acknowledge their point of view by stating what I like about that specific brew of tea while stating my favourite tea (straight black tea…) and why I like it to spark a respectful conversation rather than creating a debate over it.


I really hope to find a mentor soon. If I cannot…

Actually, I have to get a mentor. They’re pretty crucial to have in in-depth, so I will try everything in my power to get a mentor. Best of luck to myself!!


What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change over time? Why?

My inquiry question was “What are some theories that surround the origin of language?”

As time passed, learned that theorizing is a huge field of study and that literally, anything can be a theory if the theorist had reasons and evidence. I looked into hypotheses and thoughts that modern linguists had, and they were all quite widely different from each other. Some scientists looked into brain development and sense of grammar developing in infants to link the origin while many religious people simply thought that an all-powerful force had just given the gift of language to the human race.

Psychologist and author Michael Corballis thinks that language development is closely related to gesture, which made its advances in humans when evolution progressed enough that humans became bipedal.

This video made me think about an easier way to organize the beliefs. I came down to the evolutionary and religious points of views.

I also realized that I could not determine if a theory is correct or not. Nobody could. I still needed a conclusion, so I decided to incorporate some of my own opinions into the inquiry question. Soon enough, my inquiry question became

“What is the most convincing theory that explains the origin of language?”


2. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

Like I was planning to, I really had to work on my critical thinking skills. Critical thinking was essential in this inquiry because I was given many, many theories to choose from (to include in my artefact) and I had to come up with reasons for myself why they were feasible and why they made sense to me. For example, if someone says language was formed when people learned to scream in pain after breaking their leg, I would be sceptical about putting that in my artefact when there are other theories with valid points like onomatopoeia.

3. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

I learned that the origin of language dates back very far in two types of lenses. The evolutionary and the religious. There is a passage in Genesis 2:20 in the Christian bible saying that Adam, the first human named all living organisms on earth in Hebrew. This means that language was simply given to Adam along with his birth from the beginning.

Whereas in the evolutionary lens, there are a wide variety of hypotheses that all incorporate linguistics and logic. Onomatopoeia, the Pooh Pooh hypothesis, the warming hypothesis, and other hypothesis talks about humans learning to use their voice to make noises that ultimately developed into the language at one point.


4. In what ways does your final learning artefact demonstrate your learning/answer to your inquiry question? How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies?

My learning artefact is a video. This artefact is a crash course of a sort that informs the viewer about some of the theories out there and why I believe in one out of all of them. Critical thinking is required to narrow down to a certain theory out of many. After the video, I intend to communicate and debate with the viewer on my belief and their belief in these theories, developing the communication and self-identity competency.

5. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four resources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 50-100 response as to was important to your learning).

(Gleneagle database link)

-go to literary references, and then search “Origin of Language”

-Click on academic journal titled “On the origin of language”

On the Origin of Language, Halpern, Mark. Vocabula Review, Jul2011, Vol. 13 Issue 7, p1-15, 15p. (Article)
Abstract: The article discusses the origin and historical development of language.


Above is an article from the Gleneagle Database that talks about the origin of language. Note how the article depicts the topic’s answer/end as “an end without conclusion”


Really useful resource:

The linguistic society of the USA has a little different input on the origins of language. They talk about gene mutations and whatnot, it’s worthwhile to look into.


Another resource I found today:


6. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

I am wondering about language diversity after now that I know about language origin. How did different languages stem away from each other? Why does Spanish exisist when English is here?  The following infographic stemmed my curiosity.

Image result for language tree infographic


In-Depth Blog Post #1 (the introduction)


For this year’s in-depth, I will be studying Tea! Yes, I know, it’s not exactly top-notch university degree material. So what? I’ve done some flamboyant acting last year, why not take a zen break and sit down with a nice cup of rooibos? My mentor, Albert, and I worked hard to learn about active, energy consuming activity and comedy. Now, this year, I’m totally down to sit down and literally learn about tea. Why and who even thought, “Hey, there are some green leaves. I’m going to boil water with it. Oh, the water’s no longer clear, let’s drink it!”

I mean, whoever did it, kudos to them! So many people have tea in their lives today for its rich flavours, the calming powers it has, and the fun variations that you can create with it. I never really cared much for tea until I visited a shop two years ago and bought some for my mother. I ended up drinking half of what I bought for her, but it’s whatever, we bought more…

I started trying out different teas and loved almost every single one of them. I also realized they really help with anxious days. Call me crazy, but I can physically feel the worries wash away when I make tea. It’s actually fun. It’s just one of those things that you have and do in life, but never really bother to have an in-depth understanding of. I don’t think many people try to study who made pencils (Conrad Gessner, Botanist, by the way). Some things are just so easily taken for granted.

Well, tea deserves better! This has gone so far that I am going to consider it an art form. Just go to DavidsTea, and look at their wall of tea. So many variations. So this year, I’m going to learn how they came to be. Kind of like, “Big history: The story of Tea.”

I like it.

My main goal is to spread the love I have for these exotic liquids. Friends share what’s good, right? I want to learn about how tea came to be, its traditions, the different types, and what modern day people drink. Kind of like an IDS, but on tea.

I’m going to make a little bar on in-depth night. Lay out some chai, some green and white teas, oolong would be nice, and I wouldn’t forget about the herbal ones too. Pictures and displays, a sampling station, and me with my retrieved knowledge spreading to people as I talk to them about tea while steeping it for them.

I talked to a peer grade 11 that has a year of experience working at a tea shop. She gave me the contacts of a lady who was her manager at the job that might be potentially interested in being a mentor for me this year. I’m really looking forward to hearing back from her. If not, I’m going to have to frantically look for a job or another mentorship that has to do with tea. Unlike other fields of study, there are no people that have a degree in this.

So that’s going to be difficult.

But hey, challenges.


Overcome them.


Here I come, indepth 2k19!

Gotta love colloquialism.

I just hope Mr. Morris doesn’t read this.




Zip Document of Learning #3

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of your inquiry?


I would definitely take the time to tell myself to begin educating myself with a few easy videos that summarize the topic of language origination before I start the major research. Instead, what I actually did was go straight into research and had found all of the topics and subtopics, read everything and summarize it myself when I could’ve visited videos that summarize the concept of language origination and researched from those topics instead of creating my own list.

Also, I would tell myself to begin research as soon as I am handed the project. Late into winter break is fine, but more research could have been done.

Zip Document of Learning #2

Provide a copy/image of your research notes. What concepts in your learning do you now feel you have a solid grasp on? Which ones might be useful to other students in their learning?

I have a solid grasp on the three major sections that the language origin theories. I think it is useful for other peers to know of what they are! That the origin of language is divided into the religious lens, the scientific theory lens, and the onomatopoeia theories. The following is a copy paste of some of the notes I have.


Main research source:

(Article written by Edward Vadja, linguistic prof at Western Washington Uni)


There are many different theories that attempt to answer where the true origin of language is. Some of the most widely acclaimed three are:

    • The belief in divine creation: Religious views. Genesis 2:20 in the bible states that Adam gave names to all of the living organisms on earth, which meant that all humans are given the inherent ability to speak and communicate with language (this then connects to the Tower of Babel, which is a religious theory explaining language diversity. Read ).
      • “ It can’t be proven that language is as old as humans, but it is definitely true that language and human society are inseparable.  Wherever humans exist language exists.“


  • The Belief in Natural Evolution: An evolutionary theory that promotes that Language Acquisition Device Theory. The Language acquisition device theory suggests that “The Language Acquisition Device is a hypothetical module of the human mind. […] Its concept is an instinctive mental capacity which enables an infant to acquire and produce language.`(Wikipedia:




  • Invention Hypotheses: There are many of these. Invention hypotheses suggest that the origin of language was invented consciously as a human invention.

The definitions below are from the link above.


    • The Ding-Dong Hypothesis: bases the origins of language on onomatopoeia. This idea states that language began when humans started naming objects after a relevant sound that was already involved in their everyday life. Examples include words such as “boom,” “crash,” and “oink.”
      • Onomotopoeia (Google definition: the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle ) the use of onomatopoeia for rhetorical effect.)
    • The Pooh-Pooh Hypothesis: holds true to the involuntary nature of human speech. Through emotional response, language and speech would have developed in tandem with human interaction and primitive emotional reactions. Such sounds as “wa wa wa” or “ha ha ha,” commonly used to denote crying or pain and happiness or laughter.
    • The Bow-Wow Hypothesis:  the idea that human language and vocabulary originated as a form of imitation. It is said that language came from the imitation of animal sounds.
    • The Ta-Ta Hypothesis: states that language and the development of sound were generated to support the hand gestures and movements of the individual. So as to better demonstrate the meaning behind the gestures, these sounds progressed into more and more distinct words or combinations of sounds inevitably leading to speech patterns.
    • The Warning Hypothesis: Language may have evolved from warning signals such as those used by animals.  Perhaps language started with a warning to others, such as Lookout, Run, or Help to alert members of the tribe when some lumbering beast was approaching.
    • The Yo-He-Ho hypothesis: Language developed on the basis of human cooperative efforts.
    •   The earliest language was chanting to simulate collective effort, whether moving great stones to block off cave entrances from roving carnivores or repeating warlike phrases to inflame the fighting spirit.
    • The Lying Hypothesis: E. H. Sturtevant argued that, since all real intentions or emotions get involuntarily expressed by gesture, look or sound, voluntary communication must have been invented for the purpose of lying or deceiving.  He proposed that the need to deceive and lie–to use language in contrast to reality for selfish ends– was the social prompting that got language started.

None of the hypotheses have been scientifically proven; All theories depicting the origin of language are not proven in any way. These are theories, not certain explanations that answer the origin of language. The three that I noted today are the most commonly known theories that try to explain.


A cool concept: Proto-Language. A hypothetical undocumented parent language from which actual languages are derived.

There are a few languages that are thought to be the Proto-Language, but the most commonly believed is the Proto-Indo-European Language.

This infographic shows the origin of each language. Note that the root of the tree is marked Indo-European.




Ted talk summary: Psychologist and author Michael Corballis thinks that language development is closely related to gesture, which made its advances in humans when evolution progressed enough that humans became bipedal.


More notes:

To be done

(Gleneagle database link)

-go to literary references, and then search “Origin of Language”

-Click on academic journal titled “On the origin of language”

On the Origin of Language, Halpern, Mark. Vocabula Review, Jul2011, Vol. 13 Issue 7, p1-15, 15p. (Article)
Abstract: The article discusses the origin and historical development of language.


Above is an article from the Gleneagle Database that talks about the origin of language. Note how the article depicts the topic’s answer/end as “an end without conclusion”


Really useful resource:

The linguistic society of the USA has a little different input on the origins of language. They talk about gene mutations and whatnot, it’s worthwhile to look into.


Another resource I found today:

This talks about a reserach done by a professor in Auckland…look through it.


ZIP document of learning #1

Throughout your time working independently and in class, it is important that you note and choose several documents of your learning. […] It is expected that you post a brief document/journal of each of our in-class focus sessions on your blog.

Reflect on your inquiry question and how your understanding is changing, becoming more focused, or is perhaps being reaffirmed by your research. What do you now know that you didn’t know when you started this inquiry.

My inquiry question was intended to explore the sheer beginning of human communication. As I looked through the resources I had, most of them also went into language diversity. I wasn’t looking at the origin of one single language like English or German, but all of them. To be able to do that, I learned that understanding the reason for language diversity is also a part of finding the origin of communication itself. Like how we cannot really compare or learn about the human body without understanding our own bodies beforehand. After this realization, I came across a very artistic infographic that literally stems from language to language, displaying the origins of the thousands of language categories that we have used throughout the years.

Related image


Of course, this image doesn’t cover the thousands of languages used over history, but I thought it was a really cool way to display what came after what. My question, as we can see, is figuring out how the “Indo-European” language came to be. The root of every language there ever was. As much as a conundrum this may be, I think it is useful to know what came after the origin to track down the actual origin itself.

I have found several other new things as well.

The debate between the origin of language traces back so far into time that Adam and Eve are regarded when viewing it with the religious lens. As far as I know, language was just casually given to Adam, the male. That language was Hebrew. The proto-language (a term here which means the first language) in the Bible suggests that it Hebrew, while the scientific research from linguists say that the “Indo-European” language was the first.






ZIP Inquiry Proposal

My inquiry question for ZIP this year is:

What is the most convincing theory that covers the origin of language?

I would like to learn thoroughly about what theorists of the past thought about where communication first came from. As I am from a religious family, I am familiar with the religious theories of the origin of language. I realized that I do not know much on another point of views. I would like to explore the different thoughts people have and come to my own consensus to be able to put forth what I think, not just what I was taught. The origin of language is a mystery to everyone. It is one of the most difficult conundrums for experts who try to find an answer every day. I am excited to expose myself to a wide spectrum of theories and come to a conclusion of my own.

I currently know that in general Christianity, a complete language was given to Adam (the first person in the bible) from god. After that, the humans wanted to be closer to heaven, so they tried to build a tower tall enough to reach God. The tower was called the tower of Babel. This action angered God, so he made everyone speak different languages. Communication between people stopped, and it was impossible for further progress in building the tower. People found a few others that spoke their language, so they grouped together and left to other lands and formed their own countries, explaining language diversity in the religious lens.  Since this is the only story I know about the origin of language, my will to learn and curiosity about other points of views will help me progress through ZIP this year without any motivation problems.

I hope to have expanded on my critical thinking core competency. That includes:

-Analyzing and critiquing (The different theories and choose which theories to talk about)

-Questioning and investigating (Theories that I think are important)

-Developing and designing (The video, which is the final learning artefact)


I have many people that I can approach during this project for support. I can reach out to Talons alumni that I keep in touch with for advice on my own work as well as learn about what they did with ZIP when they were in Talons. I can have my fellow talons do peer edits with me or even ask my parents for their insight on the topic I am studying.

Some resources I can use include the internet, the school database, books from the library, and possibly interviews with experts at universities etc. I would like to try and expand the range of resources I use for research with this project.

I am planning to do a video production as my final learning artefact. I want to make an educational video that can act as a crash course as well as an expression of my opinion while I narrate its entirety. With images and text and possibly some animations, I hope to create an educational and visually appealing piece.

My schedule is as follows:


29th: General research and notes

30th: General research and notes

31st: General research and notes, post this proposal



1st-4th: Research

5th-7th: Brainstorm and plan video format

13th-17th: Write the script for the video, do peer edits

18th-19th: Find video making software, become familiar with the system and begin video

20th-26th: Create Video and make necessary edits

27th: Panic and go to the disco

28th-29th: Present

Ursula Leguin

Ursula LeGuin’s writing style isn’t like any literature I have read before. If I were to describe her in a few words, I would call her a painter of literature. Instead of telling, she makes sure to show me that what is happening. In action scenes, she uses descriptive adjectives instead of direct information. Instead of blunt sentences about the scene, she allows room for creativity of the reader so that although the same thing is happening, the picture painted in each reader’s mind is slightly different. Her writing style develops character much faster and much more effectively than other writing styles as her usage of metaphors replaces many adjectives and descriptive passages in just one line of the book. She is scientific notation of words, compressed yet a beautiful work of art that is pleasant to read. Overall, her writing style is heavily focused on imagery; she does a great job of doing it.

Anticipation Guide

“People are their own worst enemies”

I disagree with this statement. Rather, they can be their own worst enemy if the circumstances they’re under causes it. I’ve always believed that no matter what happens to me, the way I feel about a situation is all depending on my perception. My perception is most greatly influenced by the state of self-esteem I have at the moment. With a high self-esteem, I tend to take constructive feedback and develop myself whilst when my esteem is down the drain, I only think of destructive thoughts and break my mentality. There are people in my life that build my self-esteem whilst there are some people that knock it down. True enemies, in my opinion, are the people that deliberately hurt your sense of self-worth to make you your own enemy.

360 Degree Leader

Lead yourself exceptionally well

I think that this is the most important leadership principle. Any person with any job, occupation or duty cannot perform let alone lead anyone if they cannot manage themselves. Being a leader to anyone can only be done when one can take care of their health physically and emotionally. Being able to control one’s desires and wants for the good of an organization is leading yourself. It’s totally fine to go around offering help to peers about the upcoming physics test, but it’s not a great idea to do so if you’re not done your own homework.
Lighten your leader’s load

Leaders in high positions have a lot of work to do. From managing and leading themselves to every other person in the organization that is below their rank. I think that the greater good of the organization as a whole comes from quality work in shorter amounts of time. By finishing my own eminent research and work, I can provide assistance to peers. By helping out peers I can raise the quality of their work and refine their projects in a shorter amount of time. If everyone in the class did this (like we did for speeches), we would be lessening the load on our teachers who have to look out for us in this whole project. This is for the greater whole as it will create a more successful night of the notables, benefitting talons as a whole. Building off of “Lead yourself”, if you can and have lead yourself well already, helping out with others’ loads lightens the load of the organization as a whole.
Be willing to do what others won’t

This is important because if there is an undesirable task that must be done, someone is going to have to complete the task. By stepping out and taking the initiative to do what others wouldn’t set the tone for other developing leaders around you. It can be as small as raising your hand in class to ask a question; that sets the tone and motivates other people to ask questions. I think one person stepping out to do something others won’t create a ripple-domino effect between leaders.
Invest in relational chemistry

Although the idea of “leader” gives off an authoritarian connotation, I think that the true leader makes other people want to follow them. A great way to do this is investing in relationships with your peers, allowing them to connect with you and you to connect with them. Leading after knowing the audience is easier than going in to lead without knowing anyone in the crowd. I personally would not want to follow a teacher who refused to make a relationship with me and only dictates my decision. Luckily in talons, it’s all about healthy relationships between experienced (teachers) and emerging (us) leaders.
Be prepared every time you take your leader’s time

This is really important. If I were to go to Ms Mulder to ask for help in science, I would have to prepare questions and topics I am unclear about. If I showed up without any context and notice without a textbook, I would be wasting Ms Mulder’s time, preventing her from doing other important tasks that will benefit Talons as a whole.
Be better tomorrow than you are today

This is a good principle to wrap this all up. Humans are learning animals; we make mistakes and remember them to prevent them from the future. Leaders are no exception; no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, if I was a little better than I was yesterday, I would be proud, and I would be a step further in becoming a better leader. Baby steps!