TOK #5 ー To what extent can we achieve certainty in the Natural Science?

Certainty in the Natural Science is something that probably may never be truly achieved. Through the evidence presented in Sylvia McLain's article, it is quite evident that scientific studies have many problems associated with them. The first idea that is presented is that scientific studies are wrong due to the scientists interest in their funding and careers, rather than the truth. If human nature and greed affect the way that science is approached, certainty in the Natural Sciences will never be achieved, as the human mind will always consistently influence the way that…continue reading →

TOK Reflection #4 ー Pluto

Why was Pluto reclassified as a dwarf planet? In August of 2006, the International Astronomical Union (or the IAU) changed the status of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet. This was because it did not meet all three criteria that they used to classify full sized planets. This criteria is listed as:- It is in orbit around the sun - It has sufficient mass to assume hydrostatic equilibrium (a round shape) - It has "cleared the neighbourhood" around its orbit Among the three of these, Pluto has only met the first two. The third…continue reading →

TOK Reflection #3-The World Weavers / The World Makers by Neil Postman

What knowledge question does Postman ask about definitional nature of language? He tries to draw comparisons between the use of a and the. When asking what a definition of a word is compared to what the definition is, people must understand that there are both denotations (the true meaning of the word) and connotations (ideas associated with that). That is what the difference between a definition and the definition is. When Postman talks about “do” and “have”, what point is he trying to make about how we use language? The point that he tries to make is that the way…continue reading →

TOK Reflection #2-”I need to see it to believe it”

Upon discussing about the type of sense that one would least likely give up, a majority would agree on not giving up sight. Sight is essentially attributed to one the most important senses that we, as humans, use. It is nearly impossible to live in out current world without possessing the ability to see (with some potential exceptions), and this is because we now live in a visual oriented society. Most of what we consider as general knowledge is acquired through the use of our sight, and this is especially prominent in our technologically lead…continue reading →

TOK Reflection #1-Walt Whitman

  Inside Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself", one of the TOK-relevant ideas that is conveyed is possibly how our perception and understanding of knowledge will change. The poem mentions how the audience shall no longer do certain things, such as taking things at second/third hand, looking through the eyes of the dead, feed on the spectres in books, or look through the eyes of the author and take things from him. It is implied that the author is addressing towards the audience that they should learn and see more, without limiting themselves to these…continue reading →

Service

7 Outcomes for Service Questions for Grades 10 Activities done: Digital Ambassador, Habitat for Humanity, Cooking for a Cause How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth? I think that I have become more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses through the various activities that I have done. Through my activities, I learn things that I have passions for, as well as things that I want to improve on. As an example, I am a part of the Digital Ambassadors, which has been a good experience,…continue reading →