Seven Reasons to Study History: TOK

by 053514 on April 23, 2018

  • Summarize each ‘reason’ in your own words. Stick to as few words as possible
  • Rank which reasons you find most compelling.
  • Provide a brief explanation for the top choice
  • Suggest a refutation for the reason on the bottom of your list

Reason 1: If we studied the past, we could look towards the future whilst detaching us from the resentments that may be of the present. We would also know that in dark times, no matter what, there are still peoples who fight for justice and liberty.

Reason 2: Without history, there will be no memory or knowledge

Reason 3: History allows us to have our own identity.

Reason 4: History is the search of truth and for self-improvement.

Reason 5: Allows us to look back and do well in the future.

Reason 6: It allows us to look back and statistically analyze to see what works and what doesn’t.

Reason 7: To understand history and how it affects us in the modern day, specifically during the Second World War


TOK – What is Art?

by 053514 on November 21, 2017

Claim: Unlike the arts, science tells us something valuable about the world.

Unlike the arts which create subjective, unreliable data, the sciences are commonly used to define some of the biggest dilemmas in human history. Stemming from both human and natural sciences, the sciences allows for the utilization of the empirical data testing method and evidence from multiple scientific theories.

An example of this can be seen in the discovery of the various uses of the element carbon. Seen in everyday life through the re-arrangement of carbon atoms, they automatically become soft and pliable graphite whilst if you rearranged the atoms, it would become graphite, one of the hardest materials on Earth.

However, the arts has yet to inform us of the usage of the Carbon atom in human life as there are no recordings of the arts being able to represent such an important finding.


Though the arts may not immediately provide scientific data, the knowledge gained from the arts do define findings such as the discovery of human evolution. Through the usage of reoccurring themes in artworks and art pieces (theater), evidence of Darwin’s evolution theory can be seen applied into their works of art.


Image result for human evolution artwork

Another benefit of the arts is its ability to touch upon controversial subjects that may commonly be considered unprofessional to be declared in scientific journals. One of the topics commonly seen in art pieces is the depiction of the ethical/moral guidelines of human beings, an important consideration when taking actions in our day to day life.

In conclusion, though the arts may not provide information like the sciences do (objective knowledge), the arts is able to take into consideration of knowledge that is commonly not depicted in the sciences or in other AOKs.