TOK: Math Scope

What is the difference between a conjecture and a theorem? A theorem is a mathematical statement that has been proved by rigorous mathematical reasoning, there is a firm belief that this is true without opportunity for it to be disproven. A conjecture is not backed up by evidence and remains unproved, but is believed by […]

TOK: Map Like vs. Story Like

Knowledge in the arts is clearly story-like whereas knowledge in natural science is clearly map-like. Evaluate this claim with reference to arguments, examples and counter-arguments. Knowledge in natural science is clearly map like as the purpose of natural science is to discover and create theories about things related to the natural world. Although the information […]

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 […]

TOK: Reason

Pure logic is only concerned with the structure of arguments. The validity of an argument is independent of the truth or falsity of its premises. Simply post your thoughts, does it point to bigger questions in area of knowledge, how does it weaken areas of knowledge While the premises of deductive reasoning seem simple, making it […]

TOK: Sense Perception

Even though there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn’t mean that knowledge gained from our senses is completely unreliable. Discuss this claim with reference to at least one Areas of Knowledge.   Our sense perception can be extremely faulty at times. We as human beings are unable to physically sense everything completely at […]