I think that was the main part of the talk that made an impression on me. The TED talk really inspired me. I get that the main aim of listening to it during tok wasnt for it to be inspiring, but it really did touch me in a way. There was something very interesting.
To be fair, all of us here are on the same level in terms of human rights, and human rights is something that we do not normally think of– until we feel that we’re being unfairly treated. No one notices something that’s there until it’s of some use to them. Human rights are rights [...]
Because of my background, the way that I was brought up, my religion etc, I’ve always been taught that abortion was wrong, or something that wasn’t to be encouraged. I’ve been taught not to question my beliefs and to just accpet it. Life is a gift from God, and thus we should do all [...]
I think the story about the five people is very interesting, and while I can see a few loopholes within the story, it doesn’t seem very possible in real life, I get what the exercise is trying to prove. It IS very difficult to determine who’s committed the ‘greater sin’.
Why didn’t the man [...]
Art, art and more art. That was the main topic of discussion of our ToK day. It was entertaining and exciting. We discussed the various types of art there were– music and actual visual art (paintings drawings etc). We spoke about what art was– entertainment or something more.
Yes, I think that art is [...]
From a very young age, I was introduced to the concept of ‘being biased’. So thinking about it, I should know what a bias is exactly. However, I can’t define it. I used to hear people say ‘he’s got a biased opinion’ or ‘his opinion is biased’. Now, I’m quite sure these phrases are wrong. [...]
Okay, so we were supposed to discuss some questions realated to math last ToK lesson. And after that, we had a kind of discussion as a class. I have to admit that I was confused 99% of the time. Maybe it’s true that I just dont think enough about what things are.
So is [...]
We are taught that in order to answer a question, we’ve got to first understand the key terms. So what is math and what is language. I think we spent the entire lesson talking about defining math and language, and ended up being completely confused. Math cannot exist, and language is just funny. After [...]
Okay, so math is made up of a whole lot of formulas and rules, and whenever I do math, it seems pretty logocal (difficult but logical), but still, it makes sense and there’s a fixed and method, a fixed answer. Unlike other subjects, math is non subjective. If I get it correct, I get [...]
Through these oral presentations, I got a better feel of what a tok presentation requires. Tok presentations are very different from other kinds of presentations in the sense that we were going into the quesion rather than answering the question. This just make it so much more confusing. There were presentations that were quite [...]
So basically from the last ToK lesson, I realised that math was real… and nothing else really was? Okay, the Plato story was quite interesting, and I found it quite enjoyable. But honestly, I dont really get the link between math and being outside the cave. Does this mean that everything else is inside [...]
Mathematics is a subject that involves calculations and numbers, and is a very basic logical subject that is taught to young kids early on. From a very young age, kids in kindergarten are taught some basic language and math skills. Language skills are taught to ensure that one is able to communicate clearly. What [...]
Qn 5. This question focuses on the author of the text and how the author’s background, thoughts and intentions affect the writing.
I always thought that it was very interesting how my impression of a novel or text and how I interpreted it changed after finding out more about the author and the person [...]
I love stories, and I think that the best way to get a message across or to remember something is to turn it into a story. Stories are wonderful, but to me, story telling and language are two very different things.
After taking closer look at Mr MacKnight’s essay, I realise that i agree [...]
Okay, this seems like an interesting task! I’ve decided that I would like to name my streets after famous people who’ve changed history in some way. I’m quite apprehensive about writing changing history as we’re just discussing what history is and all, but to clear it up, I just mean that they did something [...]
By looking at the contents of the victim’s wallet, we can conclude that he should be Mark Pullen. Unless someone named Mark Pullen lost his wallet and it ended up with the victim. However, it would be pretty obvious that it was him the victim looked like the image in the picture.
Assuming that [...]
“The dead were and are not. Their place knows them no more and is ours today… The poetry of history lies in the quasi-miraculous fact that once, on this earth, once, on this familiar spot of ground, waked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by [...]
I thought the Nacirema article was really interesting. It sounded so completely disgusting and weird when I first read it. And in the end, like all else ToK, I found myself completely wrong and looking like a fool.
It makes complete sense though. When we look at another culture completely alian to our own, [...]
The observer effect is always present. As no man’s an island, we basically interact and live with people. And everyone’s watching and observing.
We were discussing about other people coming into our lives and watching us, trying to learn our culture and behaviour, and how the observer effect might affect their results. There are [...]
Yes, I agree with the quote. I think that the brain will never be able to understand and comprehend it’s full potential. It’s like how a machine will never be able to fully grasp it’s full potential and what it’s able to do, the brain is the same too.
The brain is such a [...]
Okay, I might have kind of misunderstood the question a little, but I have a specific place that I would like to live. Sentosa Island. Okay, yes I know it’s not very practical, but there are so many factors drawing me toward it.
The sun, the sea, the beach. I’ve always wanted a home [...]
We watched a documentary about making people think a certain way and manipulating people’s thoughts. In a way, it made me see how predictable people were. The way we think is so expected that there are standard cause and effect chain reactions going on in our brains. By receiving a certain stimulant, people’s mindset [...]
1) How do you think an understanding of the the universe around us aids us in other aspects of TOK?
2) In the conference the other day, you stated that there are some views that the study of science is slowly advancing to prove the existance of a higher order (god). What is your [...]
Science is defined as a systematic that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. If umbrellaology were to be considered a science, it should build and organize knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions. Does umbrellaology do that?
It is true that this experiment [...]
I’m a person who always believed in placebo effect taking place in people. It is kind of a ‘self fulfilling prophecy.
Pseudoscience refers to things like- fengshui, crystology ect, and really, there is no hard concrete science theories or findings to prove that these things actually work. However, many people still believe in them. [...]
The scientific method is one where we analyse, hypothesise, experiment, and depending if the experiment proves the hypothesis or not, go back to analysing, hypothesisng… This is a continuous cycle that we all carry out in our daily lives when we try to figure things out, whether we are aware of it or not.
The game we played during TOK lesson yesterday was exciting and mind boggling at the same time. While we tried to see which cards would be accepted, and guess the pattern in which the they were being accepted, I realised something very interesting. Most of the time, the rule was really simple, like- numbers [...]
I have never really thought about the difference between emotions and feelings before the TOK lesson on Friday. True, we can feel emotions, but we cannot emote feelings. We can look at that last statement as a simple kind of play on words. I once heard a joke that went like this: What is [...]
Induction and deduction are both general classes of logical reasoning. Deductive reasoning uses logic, while deduction uses skills of observation and probability. Both induction and deduction are things that are based on one’s point of view. There are many ways of knowing, but how will we know that what we know is correct? While logically [...]
Reasons are good, reasons are bad. What are good reasons and what are bad reasons? I think it really depends on individual perspective. What seems like a good reason to one might not hold any weight to another. Also, there is a difference between opinion and reason. Opinion seems more personal, and can vary [...]
I think that the talk was really interesting.The concept about brains and perception is really something to think about. There’s a possibility that our brains generally only percieve things that are useful to us. For example, the possibility of us missing out on all the things we ‘dont need’ to know is quite intimidating. [...]
Really, is our world the same? We THINK we are looking at the same things, we THINK that we are talking about the same things. But are we really? It’s quite scary to think that while we all say yellow, we might not be seeing the same things. I would say that we can [...]
I thought that this article is really interesting. In some ways, it really reminded me of Trueman. Truman was a fake- and so are brain’s in vats. Like I said before, I really used to think that I as a brain in a vat, a Trueman.
I think that it’s entirely possible that we [...]
I think that today’s lesson was interesting as something that we all take for granted- punctuation, showed its true potential. Punctuation can cause misunderstanding and completely change the meaning of exactly the same string or words! Which reminds me of a very similar joke I heard before.
An English professor wrote the words, “Woman [...]
Honestly, I’ve got no impression of having been lied too as a kid. From as far back as I could remember, my parents always told me the truth. Dying was when God decided to take someone ‘home’ and the person was somewhere else. Having premarital sex was bad because it could potentially lead to [...]
Okay, so I’ve got no iphone to love, but the main issues raised by this whole iphone saga doesn’t even evolve about iphones. From the various articles read, the issues of believing what we read as an audience was what really mattered. Sometimes when we read articles, we do not really question the content [...]
I found this article enlightening and insightful. Sometimes when people think literally, or take things too leterally, they are thought to have a one track mind. I remember once when I was younger, I got scolded by my mother for thinking literally. She was telling me something about our neighbouring country, and kept going [...]
I think that the issue of language is a very subjective one. The article raises a few questions: Do the languages we speak shape the way we thing? Do they merely express thoughts, or do the structures in language (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express?
As I [...]
I remember when I was younger, I used to feel like Truman. I didn’t think that I was real. Not that I felt that the entire world revolved around me, I just felt that I was watched every step of the way. Thinking back, I know that my fear was real, but why I [...]
1) In what ways is Truman’s life fake? Explain.
I think that Truman’s life is ‘fake’ because it is actually all planned out for him like a script, and he has no say in how his life is lived. He is actually a puppet, with his whole life paved before his feat. His whole [...]
For TOK this week, we went for a conference and explored many concepts of knowing and not knowing until my head started to hurt. We carried out a number of exciting activities that really made me think. The Alien and Astronaut role playing game where the astronauts tried to figure out the aliens behaviour [...]
“To know” is a term so seemingly simple. However, having to explain the term “to know” feels like an impossible task. I shall do my best to give my own interpretation of the term.
When someone is born, they are not born with knowledge, but instinct and choice. It is what one’s instinct tells [...]