Between Lopate and Matousek’s talk, the most interesting point for me was how they linked biology and evolutions into the foundation of ethical judgements and religions. I do agree with this as humans are still animals that are not free of rejecting their natural instinct, to some degrees though. I think the idea of [...]
The concept of human rights, in my opinion, is an idea that was brought up for welfare of people and promotion of equality. Which means, it is purely human’s thought. It is probably not one of the ideas that humans instinctively have, or may be. Strictly speaking, humans are also one of those animals [...]
Through the activity I realized that the perspective matters significantly when facing different dilemmas. Especially the ones as a regulator of the laws. I realized an Ethics maybe useful/ maybe important in terms of controlling crowds ../ Also learned that people tend to harshly criticize on not sounding regulations that may oppose an universal [...]
4. Boat man
I think there is no definite answer to the question as the perspectives matter in ‘ranking’ . It really depends on how you define ‘good’ and ‘bad’
1. Although no specific details are given, the friend is positioned as the best since [...]
It is very hard to distinguish biased from opinions, but generally former refers to a strongly expressed opinions while latter refers to just simple subjective expressions. However, when we think about it down to deep , we realize that there is a major problem distinguishing one from another.
Personally, I would say biased and [...]
We discussed if math is a language or not. Arguments arouse from the point if ‘anything’ can be a language or not. Frankly, this is just a trick of words. It really depends on how, to your own extent, a language is.
If language is generously defined, such as- as long as it has [...]
In last TOK class we discussed about the math and if the math would be applied same in every part of universe. Actually, this is one of the axiom that math, mostly physics theory is written upon. Most of the theories assume that mathematics and the rules we use on this planet works just [...]
It was very helpful to see others presentations. I learned a lot about organization of the presentation. I think many of us lacked including me lacked specific aspects that the mark scheme requires such as different point of view. I think many presentations pretty much ended up too focusing on their own point of [...]
In last TOK class, we discussed if math was discovered or invented. Personally, I think math is rather invented than it is discovered. Math so far is magnificent method to explain and describe nature and explain things happening. However it is not that we discover what is already out there, math is completely artificial [...]
In last TOK class, we discussed about math. The discussion raised a question: if the mathematics is important to everyone in their life. I would say partly yes.
Mathematics originates from human’s ability of logical reasoning, math is a tool that is made to explain stuffs. This characteristic of mathematics is used for natural [...]
Q2.How can a literary work of fiction, which is by definition non-factual, convey knowledge?
The literary mean of fiction is a fake- non-existing story. The term sounds as if it is non -relevant to life at all . However, fiction actually provides a great source of experience. The fictions convey experience – which [...]
Naming street is impossible to be done perfectly objective, but then it has to be objective to some extent.. In this case you would take some figures that ‘majority’ people wouldn’t argue against (but then this is disputable again) Okay i will try to be as objective as possible, maybe the most objective theme [...]
Mark pullen’s mystery provided interesting point about history.
First of all, to start with, with the given information for mark pullen’s case I would say there can be some possible interpretation to the situation however there is absolutely no way to confirm anything.
One of the reason is due to the characteristic of the [...]
In last TOK class we discussed if history could be called as an art or a science. I would say history is in a way art and scientific at the same time.
History is rather a story, it is often hard to find any piece of history that is not affected by subjective opinions. [...]
observation -> Hypothesis -> prediction -> Experiment is the general steps of forming a theory and this is called Scientific Method. With such sequences our understanding of nature improves. But why scientific method is defined to be such? The significance of this method is that the steps to the ultimate product is designed to [...]
In the letter the writer claims Umbrellaology to be a proper scientific field, providing specific examples of his work. However, it seems like it is lacking the proper process of confirmation and theory-evidences.
Although the concept of Umbrellaology flaws in some scientific aim, it seems like it has some criteria that can overlap with [...]
We discussed about Science and Pseudoscience in last class. The discussion was further extended to the points about religions and such. What is difference between Pseudoscience and Science?>
Pseudoscience is essentially a fake science, a good example we discussed being “Placebo effect”. The most notable thing about pseudoscience is that it does not follow [...]
Discussion about right reason in last TOK discussion got me thinking about it. What is the reason for something? What is a right reason? WHat is an opinion? These questions were useful that made me think about it. The reason that everyone can refer to would be something that has no logical false that [...]
It was a particularly interesting topic and I really liked how Mr.Dawkin took the view of world as “middle world”. Super interesting. As he states, as science evolved and evolved, the theory of science always brought up results that do not meet our perspective expectations. Following such fact, our cosmos is truly full of [...]
We discussed about possible difference between people’s perception. I think it was really interesting to think about if the color you see is the same color that other sees? Who can provide answer for that? because you do not know how to “objectively” define the color you see. Again, this is where Science comes [...]
Thinking about brain in vats questions, it seems like its in our nature that we always doubt reality even to the point where we percieve by sense perception. It is surely a confusing question, as you do not have possible way to figure out answer, but it does really matter when it comes to [...]
According to dictionary.com the definition of “know” follows :
to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehendclearly and with certainty: I know the situation fully. 2.
to have established or fixed in the mind or memory: to knowa poem by heart; Do you know the way to the park from here? 3.
to be cognizant or aware of: I know it. 4.
be acquainted with (a thing, place, person, etc.), as bysight, experience, or report: to know the mayor. 5.
to understand from experience or attainment (usuallyfollowed by how before an infinitive): to know how to makegingerbread. we can see the definition of “to know” includes understanding by sense perceptions. I believe when one claims “to know” about something, his/her experience (derived from sense perceptions) is the most reliable reason. Why? simply [...]
On monday’s lesson, We talked about some words that has two meanings and discussed whether it affects communication or not. We mentioned that it does affect one’s communication because use of English is always different from regions to regions. Though, I do not think this is the original problem of English. If this is [...]
Really interesting to read different opinions. As Graham states in his article, lying to children is a really debatable topic to think about. I was pretty amazed that I just realized we actually do lie to younger people who probably have less understanding of things than we do. why do we do so?
We talked about if we think differently in different languages. I think we do. I speak English, Korean and a little bit of Chinese. From my experience dreaming in Korean and English makes quite a big difference, however it does not make much difference when thinking in Chinese and in Korean. When I translate [...]
The Truman show truly motivates people to question about their lives and bring us to the question “what is to know?” that most of us are aware but never had deep thought in. Even if it varies from person to person, at some point of our life, we grant somethings to be “definitely true”. [...]
In what ways is truman’s life fake?
I think his life must be real as Truman himself believed. Even if his life was built and Truman meant to be who is Truman now, the person who lived that life was Truman. No matter what Truman lived in the way he believed and so [...]