TOK Reflection: The Arts

In our most recent TOK class we were looking at the area of knowledge of Art for the first time formally, and discussing what we believe is art, and how does one determine is art, more specifically what is good art. For this classes’ I folio reflection, we have been tasked with choosing a claim and first outlining, then an argument for and against this specific claim. The claim that I have chosen is “Unlike The Arts, Science tells us something valuable about the world.”¬†

Science offers far more to humanity in terms of the knowledge that it gives us when compared to art, as scientific information helps us understand abstract concepts about the world, of which without we would not have power, the internet, or any other modern inventions. Science and scientific knowledge helps us to understand so many different aspects of the world, and science can be applied not only to subjects viewed as natural science such as physics, chemistry and biology, but also to topics such as engineering or even economics in some ways. Although art may be able to tells us things about the world, such as giving unique perspectives about the scientific world, it is much less influential than science when it comes to inventions that help to improve quality of life for people around the world.

Although art may may not have as much influence on inventions or assist our understanding of the natural world as much as science does, it does play a role in developing our understanding of the human world. Art helps one develop their conceptual knowledge, such as understanding our emotions and the effect of our emotions on others, as well as our moral knowledge, or ability to judge what is right and what is wrong. It can also help with furthering ones aesthetic knowledge, and the ability to see patterns and relationships between objects. These among other types of knowledge all would work together in making someone a more open minded and knowledgeable individual, therefore with no doubt enhancing our knowledge of the world and especially of human interaction.

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