Truth and Belief

The concept of truth and belief has changed dramatically through the centuries.

The truth is verifiable and meaningless unless put in a context and conclusions can be drawn from it. On the other hand, belief is a thought based on truth, or on given facts. It is changeable, as people’s opinion may vary from […]

Drawing the Wrong Lesson

Governments often alter the past in order to simplify history for the present generations. They accredit their own country more than the others and the facts recounted may differ from the actual happenings. In the essay “Drawing the wrong lesson” written by Max Hastings it is discussed how this might affect a country. The […]

Comparing the two stories

The main relationship between the two stories is that the two authors both make hasty generalisations about each other. The writers obviously differ in cultural backgrounds; I assumed that the first one is light-skinned, and rather stuck-up while the writer of the second story is most likely to be dark-skinned and without a lot […]

Importance of Storytelling

The essays all highlighted the importance of storytelling in our lives, and how easy it is for us to learn from stories.

I was particularly fascinated by the statement “we think in metaphors”, found in the essay “Storytelling: Our Most Important Way of Knowing”. As I reflected on it, I found the statement to […]

Response to “Knowledge and the Arts”

As it is stated in the essay, I believe that nowadays we need art more than anything else in our lives. We live in a world in which every form of art is disappearing, or rapidly being replaced by technology. We need art to support us, inspire us, to guide us through our lives […]

Logical Fallacies

A logical fallacy is defined as an error in reasoning, an argument that appears to be valid and truthful, but really being otherwise. Fallacies are common in the way of thinking of most humans, and there are different types of them. Some of the most common fallacies used are designed to change the subject […]

Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

In the TED video Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of multiple books shares the stories of his patients who have suffered from hallucinations. Firstly he tells the story of an elderly, visually impaired woman who says she saw children in coloured drapes and the caricature-like face of a man smiling at her. The other […]

Response to the article ‘You Love Your iPhone. Literally’

When I read the article “You love Your iPhone. Literally” for the first time I believed every single word Martin Lindstrom said, without questioning whether the source was reliable or not. After reading some of the responses of actual scientists, the truth dawned on me: newspapers do not always tell the truth, especially if […]

Emotion

The video we watched during our TOK class talked about how happiness is easy to find as it is a psychological state: you are content as long as you believe you can be. The video also said that you don’t need to be famous to find happiness, as it is always inside you. Personally, […]

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