Areas of Knowledge: Natural Science

Own Definition of Natural Science:
Natural science is that branch of science that is involved with the study of our physical world, it looks at objects or processes observable in our nature, but excluding the abstract or theoretical aspect are also found in sciences.

How has your definition or scope of Natural Science changed?
I don’t feel that my definition or scope of Natural Science has not changed all that much, but through our discussions, I was able to understand the different aspects that are important to the Natural Science such as measurable data, qualitative observations and hypothesizes or theories.

What territories does the Natural Science try to map?
The Natural Sciences tries to help us map out the what we know and are able to observe about our physical world. It used evidence and observations to map out science such as biology, chemistry, physics, and geology to enable us to read an understanding of natural phenomena.

What kinds of ‘problems’ is this ‘map’ helping us solve?
It is trying to help us find practical answers to problems that are concerned with multiple aspects of the natural world, for example, it can be applied to help solve medical problems or can also relate to engineering. You can often notice that problem-solving in the natural sciences tend to be very objective as it is very practical and universal.

What kinds of questions does the Natural Science provide answers to?
There is a wide range of questions that Natural Science can help to provide answers to depending on you are more specifically trying to investigate. For example, the study into Biology can provide many answers to life on our earth or the science can be applied to answer any medical questions such as discovering how to cure a disease. This is only a single example of how such science is applied in our everyday life to provide solutions to a variety of problems in multiple fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.

Personal and Shared Knowledge

Define personal or shared knowledge.

Personal knowledge is the knowledge that is unique to a particular individual as a result of their own experience. It is defined by the circumstances of such experiences and the individual. Whereas shared knowledge is not personal to an individual. In fact, shared knowledge is a result of multiple individuals, it is something that is thought or agreed upon by a wide group of people. It is the type of knowledge that can be understood by many and changes over time due to its continued use by all people.

Discuss what is the difference between these types of knowledge.

The most obvious difference between these types of knowledge is, of course, that shared knowledge can be understood by many, where personal knowledge cannot as it comes from individual experiences. Therefore this type of knowledge is very unique to a certain individual, and would be very difficult for other to share such knowledge without having been through the exact same experience themselves. Shared knowledge often comes from education or the sharing of universal concepts or ideas. It does not have to be thought to be true or to be understood by every single person to be shared, but it is understood by enough that a relatively large group of individuals or communities share this common knowledge or beliefs.

Where is the difference not clear?

If an individual were to communicate there own experiences, one that are personal to their own lives, does sharing such knowledge with other enable it to be considered shared knowledge? As well as there is a certain ideas that individuals cannot understand certain aspects of live with having experienced it themselves. So is it true that someone cannot completely have the knowledge of something through only learning what would be considered to be shared knowledge?

TOK Lesson 1 Reflection

What are some of the TOK-relevant ideas conveyed in Whitman’s poem?

The main TOK-relevant idea conveyed in Whitman’s poem is the idea that we must learn to look at our world from multiple or perhaps all possible perspectives. One of the phrases in the poem is “You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self”,  which to me means that we must listen to all sides of any story and have the ability to set our own personal beliefs aside in order to try and understand them. This relates to one of the key aspects of our course overview where we will learn to develop an interest in the diversity of perspective and learn to understand multiple aspects of our world in different ways to what we ourselves may feel or notice. In part of the poem, he also says “not anyone else can travel that road for you” which I think conveys that learning to have this sort of mindset takes time and of course lots of learning. It relates to the ideas that in the course we must reflect on our own beliefs and assumptions as well as others in order to reach a more open approach to thinking and understanding our world. I also think that the way in which Whitman’s poem describes how we should look at life relates to the idea that we must learn to develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed and examined by both individuals and communities, as I feel that the only way to reach such level of awareness is by being open-minded to understand a wide range of perspectives.  

Sleeping Well

have a math and French test tomorrow so going to bed at 9:30 to make sure I’m well rest so I’m full of energy for both assessments tomorrow #sleep via Instagram

Postive Thinking

feeling much less stressed this week. was very worried for the up coming math test because of the school I have missed and just being quite busy in general recently but I have found the time to go to extra help and take out extra time to study, so I am now feeling more relaxed and ready #thoughts via Instagram

Postive Thinking

I’ve recently began to starting to listening to jazz music when working, I’ve been finding its a great tool to keep me focused and it also helps me destress. Never something I thought I would listen to but s friend recommended it to me and it been really helping #thoughts via Instagram

Postive Thinking

just had our last tournament of this year, I think the team has really grow this improving our skills and also learning to work together #thoughts and the hard work had really payed of coming first place!! #movement via Instagram

Being Active

just had our last tournament of this year, I think the team has really grow this improving our skills and also learning to work together #thoughts and the hard work had really payed of coming first place!! #movement via Instagram