14th October 2016

TOK 11-1 Oct 1 Blogpost

TOK 11-1 Oct 1 Blogpost

Choose 1 of the following: Distinguish faith and intuition as WOKs. Present a simple outline of the basic ‘problems’ of faith and intuition as WOKs Present a simple outline of the justifications for faith and intuition as WOK Faith and intuition both are usually considered to be 'gut feelings' and shouldn't be considered to be a reliable source of information. Faith is a 'complete trust or confidence in someone or something' and intuition is 'the ability to understand something ...
13th October 2016

TOK 11-1 Sep 15 Blogpost

TOK 11-1 Sep 15 Blogpost

“The vagueness and ambiguity of language always limit the production of knowledge”. Explore this claim with respect to two AOKs. Steps to the production of knowledge It is universally accepted that all shared information is interpreted somewhat differently, however, I do not believe that this would somehow limit the production of knowledge. Since knowledge can only be understood with some background information, this would imply that no information can be trusted. But this does not limit the production ...
2nd October 2016
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Geography/TOK Oct 2 Blogpost

Geography/TOK Oct 2 Blogpost

Statisticians say that correlation does not prove causation. What does this mean? What are the implications for knowledge in geography? Correlation and causation are two different things. In statistics, correlation is seeing how one variable is related to another variable. Causation is seeing how one variable will affect another variable. An example of this would be saying that homelessness has a correlation with crime rates. However, the cause of this claim might actually be drug abuse ...
14th September 2016

TOK 11-1 Sep 5 Blogpost

TOK 11-1 Sep 5 Blogpost

Choose one 1. The sciences are all about using reason to understand the world, there is no place for emotion in science. 2. The arts are all about emotional expression: emotion is the most important thing in this area of knowledge 3. A good historian strives to be as unemotional as possible, this is the only way to write accurate history. 4. Ethical problems are created because people get too attached to their point of view. Without emotion, the ...
9th September 2016

TOK 11-1 SEP 9 BLOGPOST

TOK 11-1 SEP 9 BLOGPOST

Pure logic is only concerned with the structure of arguments and the validity or invalidity of an argument is independent of the truth or falsity of its premises. With reference to at least one AOK, show how the above quote points to a potential weakness with reason as a WOK Post the knowledge questions that came up in your discussion that you find interesting. 1. If inductive reasons help to create premises, then does inductive help create questions through ...
4th September 2016

TOK 11-1 Aug 30 Blogpost

TOK 11-1 Aug 30 Blogpost

Even though there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn't mean that knowledge gained from our sense is completely unreliable. Discuss this claim with reference to at least one Area of Knowledge. (use real examples, remember to use counter arguments) Although the human body does have problems with it's sensory organs, it doesn't mean the knowledge gained from our senses are unreliable. An example of this is History. As a matter of fact, all the ...
29th August 2016

TOK 11-1 Aug 27 Blogpost

TOK 11-1 Aug 27 Blogpost

Outline the role of 1 WOK (way of knowing) in 1 AOK (area of knowledge) in the production of knowledge WOK: Reason AOK: Mathematics e.g. If A is bigger than B and B is bigger than C, is A bigger than C?  Knowing that WOKs are double-edged swords (they are sources of knowledge and are fallible) how do any subject areas in your AOKs guard against the weaknesses of the WOK you chose? As discussed in class, reason is the ...
23rd August 2016

Geography/TOK Aug 22 Blogpost

Geography/TOK Aug 22 Blogpost

Are predictions in Human science as reliable as predictions in Natural Science? In my opinion, predictions in human science and natural science are generally the same in reliability if done properly. Since both types of predictions are made based on what is observed or believed to be true from the past, it would be logical to think that if done properly, both would be just as reliable as each other. Sometimes, scientists can do little things to basically ...
23rd August 2016

TOK 11-1 Aug 18 Blogpost

TOK 11-1 Aug 18 Blogpost

Everyone is entitled to his own beliefs, but not to his own facts. Do you agree? This would depend on how the person defines beliefs and facts. For example, person A might think that it's a fact that god doesn't exist. While person B believes that god exists. So this would mean that each person would have a different opinion on this matter based on the previous experiences. Even if we were to prove that god doesn't ...
15th August 2016

TOK 11-1 Aug 12 Blogpost

TOK 11-1 Aug 12 Blogpost

With reference to the class activity today about knowing and explaining, in what ways might it be reasonable to suggest that people who disagree can both be right? Is this true in all cases? I believe that it is possible for two people to disagree and still both be correct, but it isn't true in all cases. It depends if their claims are true facts based on their knowledge or something they feel is correct. An example ...
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