TOK presentation self reflection

by 042683 on April 16, 2018

1. What were the strengths of your presentation?

I think the strengths of the presentation was showing the TOK thinking from the RLS, such as the implicit claims and subquestions we derived. The claims and counter claims also made sense, even though they were quite unrelated to the RLS.
2. What are some areas of improvement for your future presentation?

Main areas of improvement would be for the arguments to relate more closely to the RLS. In our presentation, we made 3 main arguments, each argument focusing on a different AOK, which resulted in three conclusions, one for each AOK. However our RLS only related to the natural sciences, so only one of our three conclusions were applied to the RLS, making all of our other arguments unnecessary. So next time I should try make the entire conclusion and all the arguments more relatable to the RLS.
3. How will you approach (plan/deliver) your future presentation

In my next presentation, I will try to talk more about the implications of our conclusions and how they will impact the RLS as well as other RLSs


What is Art

by 042683 on January 7, 2018

Unlike The Arts, Science tells us something valuable about the world.


Supporting Argument:

Unlike the arts, knowledge in the sciences are valuable. Knowledge in the sciences are composed of facts, so they can only be interpreted a specific way. Knowledge gained from the arts trigger emotions and are interpreted and understood multiple ways. Since the knowledge gained from the arts varies between people, the knowledge gained cannot be universally understood. This means that the knowledge gained won’t tell us anything valuable about the world since we can’t even agree on what it tells us. Furthermore, knowledge from the arts only trigger emotions. Emotions only tell us about ourselves as an individual, which isn’t valuable when we want to know about the world. As an example, lets look at the Bhudda statue in Hong Kong.

According to wikipedia, the intention of creating the artwork “symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith”. Most people who don’t have background knowledge of the artwork would not be able to interpret the artwork this way, and even those who do gain the intended message from the artwork are only able to do so with the support of factual knowledge about the artwork. This shows that even art that is intended to tell us something cannot effectively communicate their intended message without the help of factual knowledge, which is not gained from the arts. However, knowledge in the sciences actually tell us something valuable about the world. This is because the knowledge in the sciences are composed of facts, and facts can only be interpreted and understood a specific way, allowing people to easily communicate and expand knowledge from the sciences, thus making it more valuable when wanting learn about the world. Also, the sciences are an attempt at understanding the world, so the content of the knowledge is also valuable when wanting to know more about the world. A learning a simple fact such as ‘the Earth goes around the sun’ already helps to understand the world much better. And due to how simple it is to share knowledge from the sciences compared to the arts, a lot of simple facts like these can be learnt in a short amount of time, and they also build upon other simple facts so that the individual has a wider understanding of the world, thus allowing knowledge from the sciences to tell us much more valuable things about the world compared to knowledge from the arts.


Counter Argument:

Knowledge in the sciences are able to tell us valuable information about the natural world. Unlike the sciences, knowledge in art is gained through the senses, giving them the ability to show and immerse us in the information rather than just telling it to us, making knowledge from the arts much more valuable. Artwork may be subjective and can be interpreted many ways, but if used effectively, techniques can guide our interpretation of the artwork. Also, art is often made with a intended audience in mind who have some prior knowledge on the subject of the work. Those with prior knowledge will interpret the artwork similarly, meaning that the artwork effectively shares its information. The arts also trigger emotions, which allow the gained knowledge to have a lasting impact, making it even more valuable since it is less likely to be forgotten.

Take a look at the artwork below as an example:

This photo by Joe Rosenthal depicts American soldiers raising a flag during the Second World War. With some prior knowledge about the war, viewers will automatically imagine the setting of the artwork. Techniques such as the camera looking upwards, the flag against the sky, focus of the photo etc, along with some more prior knowledge such as the Americans were good, direct the viewer to feel the positive side of the war, such as the glory, freedom, heroics etc. The same knowledge cannot be gained through factual form, like the sciences, since the depth at which we can interpret the information will be limited. Also, since art is seen through our senses and immerses us with the subject, looking at this artwork will make us feel like the war was an experience, so we will think of the knowledge gained from the artwork as a memory, meaning that the knowledge gained from art will have a lasting impact thus being more valuable.


Faith and Intuition

November 5, 2017

When someone puts their trust in a certain piece of knowledge and strongly believes it to be true, they have faith in that piece of knowledge. Intuition is the way people’s minds automatically deal with information given to them, and this may happen subconsciously so the person may not notice the information. Faith and intuition […]

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October 7, 2017

“A good historian strives to be as unemotional as possible, this is the only way to write accurate history” History is about the past, and the past cannot be changed, so a fact still exists regardless of our emotions and whether we believe in it or not. However, I beleive that emotion does not affect […]

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Sense Perception

September 11, 2017

“Even though there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn’t mean that knowledge gained from our senses is completely unreliable.” I agree with this statement. As shown during class, the problem with our perceptual systems is that our brains only take in knowledge that we find necessary at the moment, and we ignore everything […]

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Right or Wrong

August 29, 2017

First of all, to be right can have several meanings. In the context of this statement, the word ‘right’ seems to mean if one’s ideas are correct and true. Often, it really depends on area of knowledge the fact that being disagreed with belongs to. For example, in areas of knowledge where facts are supported […]

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Learner Profile Communicator

May 17, 2017

I have shown to be a communicator, one reason being that I can speak and learn English and Chinese, which are two very different languages. I learn these two languages in school, and I am able to communicate effectively using both of them. Another instance where I have shown to be a communicator was when […]

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Learner Profile Caring

May 17, 2017

I believe I am caring because I have taken and passed a first aid course which has taught me how to save and preserve peoples lives when in trouble. Taking this course shows that I care for people who’s lives are at risk, and I am willing to help them. The picture shows my first […]

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Service as Action

May 17, 2017

How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?   Through service, I have become more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses. Many of the tasks I did demanded physical labour, especially the ones in CAS week. Through these physically demanding service activities, such as moving logs and harvesting […]

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CAS 反思

February 10, 2017

在 CAS 星期,我去了老窩。老窩是一個很有趣的地方,這一個國家跟香港不同,比較落後,城市連摩天大樓都沒有。我們主要去的地方就是老喔的鄉村。我們第一天在城市的酒店裡住了一晚,第二天我們就坐車去鄉村。令我驚訝的是,我們要坐的車是一輛卡車。卡車沒有冷氣,安全帶也沒有,但是走的時候有風,所以也很舒服。 在半路,我們在一個大象公園停下。在這裡我們學到一些關於大象的資料,我們也嘗試騎大象。本來,我以為大象上會像照相看的大象,可以坐在大象上面的椅子。但是我們的導遊告訴我們放一個椅子在大象上會令他們辛苦,所以我們要坐在大象的背上。我坐在上大象時很怕,大象常常搖來搖去,令我覺得我會跌倒。接著,我們就上卡車繼續去鄉村。 在鄉村,我們住在人家的屋子裡。雖然村民比較窮,但是我住的家也挺舒服。我覺得我最不習慣的是他們洗澡的方法。村裡沒有熱水,所以我們要用水桶來倒水在自己的身上。我住的屋子的主人也不會說英文,所以我們很難溝通。屋子裡也沒有冷氣,令我有一點不舒服因為天氣很熱。 我們也去了附近的鄉村的中學跟哪裡的學生玩耍和幫他們起屋。學校的學生是從附近的幾個鄉村來的。他們沒有我們那麼幸運,沒有校車送他們上學,反而我看見很多學生騎單車上學,也有學生騎電單車上學。我們在學校跟學生玩足球。哪裡的學生比我們學校的學生棒很多,我們常常輸給他們。我們也幫學校起一些教室。我們要攪拌水泥,水泥很重,令我我很累。我們也要把水泥填上牆去,這件工作也很難因為如果做得不好,水泥就會掉下來然後我就要再把水泥填上去。 最後一天,我們回到城市。在酒店裡,我很高心因為我可以用熱水洗澡,房間裡也有冷氣,可以睡得舒服一點。我覺得雖然老喔是一個落後的地方,我還是玩得很開心,也學到和經驗到人們在這些地方的生活。

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