TOK: Art and Truth

The essay entitled art versus science discusses the ability of art to tell truth in its own authentic way. While words and facts are able to tell reality there is a misconception that art can’t convey that same message because of its complexity and subjectiveness. This essay speaks about how art can convey strong emotion […]

TOK: What is Art?

There is no real purpose for the arts. Evaluate this claim. Claim: Unlike the other areas of knowledge, art is simply created by humans as a form of self expression. It does not involve the investigation into our species nor does it provide us valuable insight. Art is also loosely defined and doesn’t serve a […]

TOK: Problems With Observation and Confirmation Bias

Science is objective and descriptive, while the arts are creative and interpretive. Evaluate this claim. While this claim has some truth in it, generalising both these area’s of knowledge to these adjectives is restricting. It is true that knowledge in science does heavily rely on objectiveness and being descriptive. The acquisition of knowledge involves step […]

TOK: Pseudoscience

It is unsurprising when we hear that experts in Art can’t always agree what ‘is’ and ‘is not’ Art. We might say that the distinction between what ‘is’, and what ‘is not’ art, is not always clear. Similar to the question of what is art, the distinction between science and pseudoscience is also not clear. […]

TOK: Natural Sciences

Reflecting on our discussions in class, and with inspiration from the TED video, what distinguishes Natural Science from other AOKs? There are several things that can distinguish Natural Sciences from other Areas of Knowledge. Firstly, natural science is measurable, unlike concepts in the Arts like beauty which can’t be measured, everything in natural science is […]

TOK: WOK Review

Which of the JTB criteria do you find most problematic? Belief is the most problematic in my opinion. Belief is extremely subjective, some people may believe certain concepts while others may not. If a claim has truth and justification, but people with certain values refuse to believe it, that doesn’t mean it’s not knowledge. Putting […]

TOK: Faith/Intuition

Present a simple outline of the basic ‘problems’ of faith and intuition as WOKs: Problems with faith: Blind faith can often hinder one’s perception of certain knowledge, affecting their beliefs and in turn dismissing them from new ideas. People who blindly believe in the Christian God often justify discriminatory behaviour such as supporting “what God […]

TOK: Memory and Imagination

Create a simple ‘cheat-sheet’ for both imagination and memory which captures: Despite the imperfections of imagination and memory as ways of knowing, the Areas of Knowledge have developed in such as way as to overcome them. Discuss this claim with reference to at least two AOKs. The areas of knowledge avoid the imperfections of memory […]

TOK: Language

“The vagueness and ambiguity of language always limits the production of knowledge”.   This statement about languages brings up several questions about language. These including: is language always vague and ambiguous? is the vagueness and ambiguity of language always limiting? can you avoid the vagueness and ambiguity of language? These questions allow us to think […]