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TOK Reflection #11: Art: Art and Truth

Art vs Science

Like the other essay, this essay also talks about truth within art. It talks about how the art may not be truthful but can sometimes still produce knowledge. This knowledge is still useful when used in conjunction with sciences when analyzing the brain and human psychology as it shows people’s emotions and experiences.

Art vs Truth

The essay discusses whether art is truthful. A great portion of the essay is about whether or not the author tells the truth. It discusses how many different things can affect the truth within art. Does a photograph really tell the truth? Even though it should, sometimes the angle or placement of the camera may affect the truth being told behind the photograph.

These essays both tell the audience that knowledge is produced from works of art. This is whether or not the art is truthful or accurate. All pieces of art show work of emotions and or experiences from humans and trigger emotional responses.

 

TOK Reflection #9: What is Art?

Knowledge within the arts is not objective & therefore not meaningful.

The arts is subjective even when an author has a purpose for it. This does not mean that it is not meaningful. Art can be interpreted in many different ways, that is what makes it meaningful. Because any art can appeal to anybody in a different way. For example, someone may look at a piece of art and because of their mood, think it is a sad piece of art. While another person that is in the same mood thinks the same piece of art has a happy meaning to it. While both people saw different meanings to the art, it would be meaningful to both of them in different ways. For the first person, seeing a sad piece of art may show that he is not the only person to feel this way. For the second person, the happy meaning the art has for them cheers them up and makes them feel better. Therefore the art is meaningful in different ways to the two people.

A counterclaim to this is that this feeling is artificial. It is not the art that is producing this meaning for the people, but it is their own feelings. They are changing what the art means to them because of their own feelings, they see what they want to see. If somebody goes to look at art, there is usually a purpose to it. While looking at the art, they may try to interpret the art in a way where it satisfies that purpose, therefore the meaning of the art is nothing more than an artificial feeling produced from the audience. This would mean that the art has no meaning to it.

TOK Reflection #5: Language

“The vagueness and ambiguity of language always limits the production of knowledge”.

Looking at this from natural sciences, a lot of questions arise. Does producing knowledge really require the use of language? There are many ways to look at this, first, we will say that the production of knowledge does need language. This claim would have some truth in it if that were the case. This is the case in some AOKs like math. In math, when solving an equation, if you accidentally make a mistake in the language, known in math as working out, this will affect the final answer.

TOK Reflection #3: Emotion

A good historian strives to be as unemotional as possible, this is the only way to write accurate history

I do agree with this statement partially. I do think that historians should be as unemotional as possible but that may not be the only way to write accurate history. When looking at what exactly happened in the past, this is often a good method. Although in a lot of different scenarios, having emotions may help. People like to find the villain and hero within history, and this can sometimes help society. By identifying villains and heroes in history, this can be used to show what is right and wrong in the world and teach this to people. Although I do not fully agree with it, it is an effective method adopted by many people. Although I do not support it, I think that is similar to propaganda.

TOK Reflection #2: Sense Perception

Even though there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn’t mean that knowledge gained from our senses is completely unreliable.

Knowledge gained from our senses may not always be unreliable. Just like many natural sciences, if you have enough trials, you can detect the reliability. In this case, if you have multiple witnesses that all give the same result from their senses, one can infer that the knowledge gained is reliable. Although even from individuals, we can assume that the knowledge gained from our senses is not completely unreliable.

TOK Reflection #2: Sense Perception

Even though there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn’t mean that knowledge gained from our senses is completely unreliable.

Knowledge gained from our senses may not always be unreliable. Just like many natural sciences, if you have enough trials, you can detect the reliability. In this case, if you have multiple witnesses that all give the same result from their senses, one can infer that the knowledge gained is reliable. Although even from individuals, we can assume that the knowledge gained from our senses is not completely unreliable.

TOK Reflection #1: Knowledge and Explaining

With reference to the class activity today about knowing and explaining, in what ways might it be reasonable to suggest that people who disagree can both be right?

The answer heavily relies on the context. One way that both parties can be correct is with evidence. If both sides have evidence supporting their claims and beliefs, then both sides have a very valid argument. But in some cases, there is only one party that can be correct. One example of this is both parties suggesting a method to solve a problem but none agreeing with the other. Both methods could solve the problem but may do it in completely different ways, ethically or other methods.

The other side of this is within subjects like math. Within many areas of math, there is only one way to go about solving something and you can usually only get one answer. Therefore, if two parties can not agree on a single answer, it is most likely that one of them is right. Although this applies in math, it does not apply as much in the real world. There are many methods to solve problems like world hunger or poverty that may all be effective but work in different ways.

IB Learner Profile Trait #5: Caring

I have done many things to try and be as caring as possible to others. I find that if you do not treat others the way you want to be treated, you do not feel as satisfied with yourself. I once did a bake sale within the school to try and earn money and donate for kids in need. Not only that but I once joined a beach cleanup to try and help the environment as I believe to not only treat people well, but the environment well.

 

Evidence 1:

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Evidence 2:

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