The thing I found most curious in the presentations today was the idea that we think with our body. I am aware of the only half-joking idea that “men think with their penis”. I am aware of the idea of the heart vs the mind. However, I am aware that it all really exists [...]
Human rights do not really exist. Human rights have only been thought up as a response to hardship endured under governments. I’m not sure who said it, but I remember someone saying “if freedom is not enjoyed by everyone, then it is a privilege and not a right”.
Furthering on from my discussion with [...]
Through this exercise I have learned that ethics are not morals. It seems easy to mistake morals and ethics to be the same or at least related, but what is unmistakable is that ethical models are only models for human behavior – not models for being good people. We often say “that is unethical” [...]
I ranked the female as the worst. She prostituted herself for $20 instead of just paying from her own pocket. She is only the worst next to the S, who profitteered off her misfortune. I don’t believe it could be said that the woman showed ultimate love by prostituting herself to get across to [...]
My history teacher in Wales said “Without opinion the sources are boring – bland” (OWTTE).
In IB History we don’t really say “Bias” anymore, because an opinionated source is just as useful as a relatively neutral source. I say “relatively neutral” because there is no such thing as an opinion-less source. We use the [...]
Around the last TOK – day we discussed how the scientists are looking for simple equations to solve everything. That’s what’s happening in maths. Maths is beautiful when converted into art and when it is drawing from nature. People want to make order from the chaos and they cannot appreciate the chaos. While we [...]
I think a language is anything which enables coherent expression and communication; languages also exist for this sole reason and achieve this sole aim. So while Maths is precise and allows ideas to be conveyed, I do not believe it is a language. A rhyme, to take the example proffered, does not constitute a [...]
Regarding the axioms: Rene Magritee a french artist who said drew a pipe (a smoking pipe) and beneath it wrote (but in french) “This is not a pipe”. Because it was a drawing of a pipe, but not an actual pipe. You cannot smoke it.
But the points we draw are not points. They’re [...]
I feel like everyone did well.
I myself did not expect myself to do well. I had prepared and read it back to myself (why I didn’t need any notes), but without notes I was pretty lost for words at points. I repeated stuff such as “basically…” and “so what that means is…”. This [...]
Mathematicians should (in my opinion) be considered discoverers because maths is an expression of nature. What they discover already exists in nature (else it has no purpose). The Pythagoras Cult were largely crazy people (that thought it was bad luck to pee towards the sun) and besides Numerology, they made few other notable contributions [...]
I think maths may not always be too much fun, but it is really important. Maths can be used to express art, motion and nature.
I remember reading in my AS English a play called “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard (in 1990). In this play, there is a curious 19th century,14 year old girl who [...]
2. How can a literary work of fiction, which is by definition non-factual, convey knowledge?
A work of literature are sometimes perceived to convey knowledge. Usually this is as allegory (one story with two interpreted meanings). Tolkien said “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and [...]
Mr Macknight said “storytelling is the most important way of knowing”, since we always claim that “this, by way of saying, is like that”. The reason for this is the “germ of a story”, then all knowledge is storytelling. I disagree. By the same quotation we can also argue that all knowledge is logic. [...]
David Lloyd George Street, named after the British Wartime (of WWI) PM. He was also the first and only Welsh Prime Minister. Mendeleev Street, the man who compiled the periodic table. He was Russian. Lincoln Street, for his contribution to the emancipation of the slaves. Erwin Schroedinger Street for his contributions to quantum [...]
I’m merging both a catchup and the required post into one, since I feel they are mutual.
I think that in the case of Mark Pullen, he had either been using buses all day and was unable to one near the time of death, or had been getting a lift from his father and [...]
I think that it would not be a good idea to outright say that Umbrellaology is or is not a science. Umbrellaology contains many characteristics of science, but it seems to betray what seems sensible, and has errors in method.
The writer says that he hypothesizes based on previous findings. Scientists do this too, [...]
There is the placebo effect, the idea that you will get better because you’ve been tricked, and there is Autosuggestion, the idea that you will get better because you say so.
Scientists have found that people will get better even if they’re told that they’re taking a placebo. In 19th century, France, developed by [...]
The brain in a vat question, I think is like the idea in philosophy where we are just a consciousness and that this consciousness projects everything we see, and in which only what we experience at any moment is actually in existence – anything outside your hearing or field of view does not really [...]
We discussed a tonne of confusions due to wording in the previous TOK lesson. English is full of these terms of same wording and contrasting meaning. ie, a metal fan and a fan of metal, again a metal fan, are different, though I see no problem. I know (and now many more) people for [...]
Graham asks in “Lies we tell kids” “There’s no difference in the meaning of “shit” and “poopoo”.so why should one be ok for kids to say and one forbidden?” I wonder usually “since the words don’t really mean anything in their used contexts, why are they swearwords”?
The answer is due to secularisation.
The internet being full of knowledge, but the thing is many web users are not using it for knowlege. Since 2001, according to internetworldstats, almost a third of the world is on the internet. Facebook has over 400,000 users and counting and even hardcore tech users are usually using StumbleUpon, Reddit and various flash-site [...]
The article, I think, was more reliable than last week’s. It cited more experiments and books rather than continually saying certain people can’t remember who’s at fault. I do wonder regarding the interview experiment, whether the man the interviewees were supposed to meet with was affected by the knowledge of who had a warm [...]
I thought the article was interesting, but perhaps more than just the Spanish/Japanese being unable to track cause was unreliable, like the roses by other names. It may not be language there, but bias, such as the bias we all originally had about the flavoured drinks before we decided they must have been coloured [...]
Everything about Truman’s world is fake. Fake moon, fake wife, fake parents, engineered fears. Everyone who seems to care only wants to keep him imprisoned in a supposedly perfect land. Either Carrey is being a spastic actor as usual, or to me it seems like even his social behavior has been conditioned (accidentally or [...]