Natural Sciences — Scientific Methodology

The quote written by Carl Sagan helps us further understand the concept and structure of the scientific method as it explains the fact that we should accept different perspective that challenge the scientific method as well as having an understanding that not all information produced from the scientific method is 100% reliable. It also provides a sense where we should be open to new ideas and also new concepts being developed through different individuals who carry other observations, but to also be aware that the scientific method should have a balance of contradictory attitudes. One being very open, the other…

Researcher’s Reflection Space (RRS)

In the Extended Essay session, we primarily learned about the importance of academic honesty as well as improving our integrity when researching and writing our extended essay. It’s important that we give different authors the credit when utilising their information, and also to cite them into our work cited page when completing this assignment. Consent is also another prominent aspect when writing this paper, meaning consent from the information source to use their information or to expose their identity. There are many different source engines for our research; our school pays a lot of money to allow its students to have…

Natural Sciences

Definition of Natural Sciences (To me): Natural sciences is a field of science that involves the study of the physical world; this includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology. Natural sciences exclude theoretical sciences, as well as social sciences, essentially a science that doesn’t revolve around the study of humans. Knowledge in Natural Science is often constructed through reason and imagination, predictions as well as scientific hypothesis are often the foundation for scientific experiments, to which result in the production of generalised statements. Most data produced by the field of natural sciences are often through observation and experimentation, to which is shared to the…

Intuition

1. What is Intuition? Intuition can be defined as a ‘gut’ feeling, meaning that it is an instinctive thought that the mind subconsciously reverts to when encountering a certain decision or situation. Intuition is often associated with personal knowledge, to which requires experience as well as accumulated knowledge throughout growing up. 2. What is System 1 and System 2 Thinking? System 1 thinking is often defined as intuition, meaning that it is automatic, effortless, fast and ineffable; system 1 thinking is very direct, and requires instinctive decisions or thoughts. System 2 thinking is considered reflection, as it is a slower process, controlled,…

Language

What are the characteristics that you feel best describe language? Why? Language is a form of communication that humans utilise in order to understand each other. I think we often associate language as mostly verbal contact instead of thinking about the different forms of expression such as using our body or our face. In my opinion, I think the characteristics that best describe language is that it can be changed overtime and that it is meaningful. The concept of language is extremely versatile, it can be reshaped or reorganised in order to satisfy our meaning; I the changeable quality to…

Inductive and Deductive Logic

Inductive Logic is usually developed through a series of trials that result in a rational conclusion, meaning a general rule or statement that is generated through multiple experiments. Deductive logic is utilising a sequence of premises (theories or statements) to form a conclusion, meaning using an extensive concept and constructing results based off on that. Essentially, inductive reasoning and deductive logic are complete opposites, whilst inductive logic is constructed through multiple experiments, deductive logic aims to create conclusions based on universal theories/statements. What are the issues with Inductive and Deductive logic? Inductive logic seems to be more subjective, and may…

Sense Perception

Today in class, we discussed about sense perception, more specifically how we perceive different aspects of life. A question arose which was “Do you agree more strongly with perceptual realism or perceptual relativism?”. Personally, I agree more strongly on perceptual relativism, this is because a lot of what us humans perceive in our world is greatly subjective, meaning that a lot of our knowledge is accumulated through experience as well as public influence. Almost all information that is produced and shared amongst communities is subjective, there are no facts that are objective, as all intelligence is human fabricated, and we are…

IB DP Retreat Reflection

To begin our IB journey, the entire Grade 11 was given an opportunity to go on a 2 day trip to Gold Coast to attend an DP Retreat. Our first activity was participating in a poverty simulation hosted by an non-profit organisation called Crossroads. We were assigned into different groups to perform disparate activities that corresponded to actual occupations for those who were in poverty. Despite the fact that I had a lot of fun working alongside my peers; I couldn’t help but feel a bit down after the simulation had ended. It wasn’t because the entire activity was over, but…

Personal vs. Shared Knowledge (TOK)

Explain the Map Metaphor The map metaphor is a representation on the distribution of knowledge, meaning that the map is a visual depiction of how certain aspects of knowledge can be more emphasised compared to others for specific audiences. What is the difference between Personal Knowledge and Shared Knowledge. Personal knowledge is more of ‘what I know’ and can be influenced through multiple different factors, such as memory, events and point of view. Personal knowledge is more so developed through independent perspectives, and is often generated through personal experience. Shared knowledge is regularly formed through public influence. Personally, I think…

RESPECT Tutoring Session — September 24, 2016

On Saturday, I volunteered to be a tutor for one of the tutoring sessions the RESPECT club holds every Saturday. The RESPECT club promotes education for refugees who reside in Hong Kong, the programme primarily targets to teach young children. The children are also enrolled in some local schools in Hong Kong, this programme is mostly directed for extra tutoring for kids who are either willing to learn more or struggling within school. The children ranged from 4 to 8 years old, and their parents are also there as well, just in case anything happens. I was overwhelmed by the…

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