During the presentations today, we had EunSol and Alvin present their presentations about rights and privacy and actions that are seen as immortal.
I thought EunSol’s presentation brought up many different aspects of the privacy area and she managed well to show it. But once again the question ‘who decides?’ was brought up and [...]
Today Jiwon and Joshua presented their presentation.
I thought Jiwon’s presentation was very good in the way that it incorporated recent world crisis into the TOK context, as it is still fresh in our mind. She also explored the issue regarding Reasoning vs. Emotion, and the examples that she has brought up as supporting evidences are [...]
Sylvia’s presentation was impressive! I thought that Sylvia was very confident, and thus she was delivering her presentation without the use of notes, engaging the audience entirely. Furthermore, her use of personal experiences established a connection between her and the audience, which allowed the audience to be persuaded by her view more easily through [...]
(NOTE: This blog refers back to the TOK presentation weeks ago.. ^^”)
The first few courageous presenters were Jane, Zi and Aaron, and they’ve revealed to us great insights into their knowledge issues. Jane’s topic was personally most engaging to me, because many of our MYP One World Essays dealt with human’s influential effects [...]
Today in ToK, we carried on with the class presentations, and I managed to mine today. I was personally a little disappointed with my presentation. I felt that I missed out on a couple of the points I planned on analyzing and I was also much more nervous this time, which I think showed [...]
Today I missed the first presentation but I managed to see the tail end of Joshua’s and saw all of Jeffery’s. I thought that Joshua’s generated good debate and had a conclusion. The only problem was he did not really stick to one side or the other but instead stated both sides and left [...]
We had the first week of presentations, where Masami, Jane, Aaron and Zi presented to the class. Jane’s presentation dicussed the ethics involved with man’s interaction with nature. I found the point she raised about how emotion was misleading interesting. The usage of the word ‘misleading’ gave me the impression that Jane believed that [...]
Cradle, Nana, and Sylvia presented their knowledge issues and what they have prepared for us this week.
To start off, Cradle and Nana presented on the same topic: media censorship in China and the moral consequences/issues that come with the implication of it.
If you asked me to put the “Great Firewall of China” [...]
During those last couple of classes, we have seen and heard Nana, Cradle, and Sylvia’s presentation. Nana’s and Cradle’s were both presentation their Knowledge Issue about censorship in China. Why do we censor and who has the right to do so?
To be honest, I am for censorship because as I am sure many [...]
On Monday, we had Cradle and Nana’s presentations. Accidently both of them used the same real life situation: Chinese internet censorship. However their knowledge issues are different as Cradle’s was “does knowledge promote immoral behaviors?” and Nana’s was “on what ground censorship justifiable?”
Censorship is an interesting topic especially because we all live in [...]
Last class we watched Cradle and Nana present. I found it pretty funny that the two presentations were on the same topic. Anyway, the topic was definitely interesting. Why do we censor things and who has the right to censor. It goes along with the whole question of authority which comes up again and [...]
Today, Cradle and Nana did their ToK presentations. Cradle’s was about whether or not knowing certain information leads to immoral behaviour. Nana’s presentation was about instances when censorship can be justified. I felt they all explored their issues really well (good job guys)!
Quite coincidentally, both of their presentations were topically similar – they [...]
We have listened to Cradle and Nana’s presentations today. They were both about censorships. Personally, I am opposed to censorship. I believe I can know whatever it is that I want to know and no one has the right to stop me. I don’t care if it is bad for me or not. I [...]
Everybody is emotional.
People fear, people love, people are happy, people cry…
I don’t think any of those emotions are bad, and when people say that they don’t want to be emotional anymore and they wish they could just shut off their emotions so that they don’t get hurt anymore, I don’t believe in [...]
We had our first week of presentations from Masami, Aaron, Jane, and I.
I think Jane brought up the most interesting point from me this week with her presentation: how can we justify that humans are allowed to interfere with nature’s… well… natural processes? Her presentation was about whether or not humans should or [...]
Today, we had the first round of ToK Oral Presentations by Masami, Jane, and Aaron. I felt that all three of them did a good job at analysing their Knowledge Issues, and managed to provide us with fresh insights to interesting topics.
Jane’s presentation was about whether or not we should interfere with natural [...]
Today we talked about the story of SM, a woman who was missing the part of her brain that instills fear in humans.
This suggests that fear, a distinct emotion, is in actual fact nothing more than an elaborate brain function, and, indeed, suggests that our other emotions are the result of the activation [...]
Sense perception – I think this plays a significant role among the ways of knowing, but is ultimately not the most dominant. It is a very important part of knowing since all our external information gets to us through this ‘outer’ receiver of information. However, I feel that to really know something – it [...]
Today in ToK class, we read an article entitled “Certainty”. This article shed some light on the biology behind the feeling of ‘knowing’ and what it means to be ‘convinced’, which I felt was a very interesting thing to talk about in ToK, since one of the main over-arching questions of ToK is “how [...]
We went over the three theories of truth (as proposed by van de Lagemaat) in class – the correspondence theory, the coherence theory, and the pragmatic theory.
First, the correspondence theory – This theory of truth says that something is the truth if it corresponds to a fact or reality.
This one makes obvious [...]
Last double block TOK class, we had some presentation which I was not ready to present. Many people seems to struggle with giving TOK oral that I find it really hard to achieve good grade with. I need to have more clear mind to talk about my topic and I need to know how [...]
I know that I am writing this very late but really wanted to write about emotion.Emotion is very interesting topic in TOK which relates to also psychology.
Few weeks ago, we talked about emotion during the class. I was very excited that morning to talk about emotion in the class but it turn [...]
Which ways of knowing is dominant?
I don’t really understand the meaning of dominant, so I have opened up the dictionary. It sounds like it whether things are more important to know things and most common used to know things.
To answer this question, I think reasoning is the most dominant [...]
On Monday, we had Masami, Jane and Aaron’s presentations. Masami’s presentation is about ethical decisions people make every day. Knowledge issue and way of knowing is well related in her presentation. Jane’s has interesting topic “Man vs. Nature”. She used sound clip as background information though I was little bit distracted while listening. The [...]
On Monday, we started our presentation. Jane, Aaron and I started the presentation first. As Mr.MacKnight said, I should have evaluated which ways of knowing is the best to use in different situation and not only talk about how people use them in different situations. I was only talking about what kinds of [...]
On Monday’s lesson, we heard interesting oral presentations from Masami, Jane, and Aaron. One thing I found very interesting about Jane’s presentation was that climate change may be a natural cycle with overall temperature rising and falling between millions of years. This suggests that we shouldn’t worry that much about global warming as we [...]
I found an interesting quote from Anna Karenina, the Russian epic novel we are reading in A1HL and thought it was appropriate to post here. So right now in the novel Anna Karenina is very troubled and we are nearing the end of the novel. She is on a train thinking to herself as [...]
Today morning we had 3 people actually go up and present their TOK presentations. More people werent ready than the amount that went to present but thats alright, all good things take time. The first person to go was Masami… That brave soldier. Her presentation was very interesting and explained the ways of knowing [...]
On Monday, we had three brave contestants doing their presentations. First was Masami, and I thought that she had a really interesting and good Knowledge Issue regarding decision-making and its ethical concerns. It revolves around personal involvements, and closely tied to the Ways of Knowing. It reminded how I need to have a close [...]
Today was the first day for round two of our oral presentations. First up to present was Masami, and then followed by Jane. Both their presentations kicked off our orals well and set the bar quite high. Then, my name was called, and although I would have preferred more time, I still went up [...]
Today in class we finally started the oral presentations. There were three lucky people that were chosen, Masami, Aaron and Jane. The one that I can personally relate the most to is Jane’s presentation about “man versus nature”. She raised the question of whether it was ethical or unethical to change or even take [...]
We began our TOK oral presentations today. Today, Aaron, Jane and Masami presented. Masami’s was quite similar to mine and I realised how much depth my presentation lacked. So, I prayeddddd that mine not be picked today and fortunately, it didn’t! So I am going to dig a little deeper and try to meet [...]
Today we listened to three oral presentations, one being my own. We are supposed to write about what we have learnt and I hate to be self-centered but… well no I don’t hate it… I mostly learned from the feedback on my own today:) Probably because I was most interested in what people had [...]
In the past 2 weeks, we worked on our TOK presentations. When we were asked to think of a TOK topic, I immediately thought about the Japanese Earthquake that happened recently. Although I had been misinformed about the information regarding the workers re-entering the power plant, it had led to my choice of topic [...]
My real life situation for the oral presentation is ‘Tiger Woods’ and infidelity; cheating on your ‘significant others.’ My knowledge issue, hence, is ‘can reason ever overrule strong emotions?’ the progress I have made are quite a bit.
Maybe being emotional is what being human is all about?
“It’s a pretty common belief that [...]
Which WoK is the most dominant to people? To answer this question, I might clarify the word “dominant”. According to the dictionary, the synonyms of “dominant” are “leading”, “main”, and “major” etc. So, I thought about four WoKs: Sense perception, Language, Emotion and Reason. These four are actually related to each other. Firstly, I [...]
More about Truth
On Monday’s class, we talked more about the three theories, well, one definition and two checking ways about the truth. Mr. Macknight said the one that is called as correspondence theory by van de Lagemaat seems definition of the truth: if something is corresponds to the reality, it is true. Then [...]
I read the chapter on Emotion. One thing that I found interesting was how emotions were related to physical changes. According to ‘The James-Lange theory’, the emotions are essentially physical in nature, and bodily changes come before, and cause, emotional changes. I think both cases are possible. However, I don’t think that only the [...]
We talked about emotion.
I feel lonely:’(
This is emotion. Emotion is the thing that makes you decide to do something or to make you decide to not do anything. Emotion will also decide your day. If you feel sad, it might make your day worse because your [...]
Emotion. Reason. Sense Perception. Language. Which way of knowing is dominant? As rational logical people, I would like to say that reason is the dominant way of knowing but we all know that’s not true. Truthfully, I think it’s a combination of reason and emotion. But I think the most influential part is emotion. [...]
I know this sounds offensive, but yes some people have serious problems with their weight. Through this issue I want to address and compare some of the ways of knowing.
First of all it is important to recognize, that all of the ways of knowing at some point and for some reasons probably interfere [...]
Today, I have read a chapter on Emotions and an interesting article on SM who does not fear nor recognize fear. This led me to think, can emotion be localized in our brain? For SM, although controversial, the amygdale was found to be responsible for expressing or recognizing fear. If this is the case, [...]
Even though emotion is an obstacle to knowledge, I like that it is also what leads us to knowledge. I know that I find it so much easier to do chemistry and math homework than english homework, just because it makes me happy when I understand a chemical or mathematical problem. However in english, [...]
I’m emotional ;p
A lot of people tell me so.
Is that a good thing? Are emotions obstacles to knowledge or a source of knowledge?
I find emotions just plain annoying at the moment.
I wish I didn’t have a brain.
I know that pain, in the long term, has its own benefits, blah [...]
We started to talk about different theories of truth and we mostly talked about correspondence theory as the definition of truths. We figured out that the other theories are supportive ones that can be used to test the argument and support the correspondence theory. It made more sense to me explaining about those [...]