TOK Essay Question:
“The possession of knowledge carries an ethical responsibility.” Evaluate this claim.

TOK Practice Presentation
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September 24, 2012
Materials for now:

August 22, 2012
Your task today is to find a current issue in the news that interests you and to give your Knower's Perspective. You must got to a reputable news site (in English) e.g. BBC, CNN; and find a recent article that involves a dilemma for a person or group of people. Copy and paste these instructions and the link of your article to your wiki page and then give a description of your perspective as a knower, i.e. say what you would do in this situation. Try to say why you have this opinion.

Some sites I'm looking at:

Pussy Riot members two year sentence in jail for outrageous anti-Putin act in Moscow's main cathedral
Knowledge Issue (Will develop more): To what extent is it justified to have a freedom of speech?
I do think that the members of the band should get some sort of punishment because it is disrespecting a religious belief by protesting in a church also its illegal. Though I do not think that it should be as serious as this. But since I'm not from a religious background and currently do not know much about the band, I am more distant to the topic.

August 15, 2012

Presentation Ideas:

  • Effect of child restriction e.g. one-child policy
  • Legalization of marijuana and other drugs, "legal" uses of drugs
  • Subliminal messaging
  • Smoking breaks allowed at schools
  • Homosexuality, Freedom of expression
  • Organ trafficking, black markets
  • Photography & cinematography in media, censorship

August 13, 2012

This morning you will be warming up for the TOK Presentation in October. Your task is to open the following links and to list three insightful and intelligent Knowledge Issues that could arise from each situation.

Who is justified to accuse an already proven innocent player?
What aspects of an athlete is it justifiable to accuse his/her of breaking the rules?
To what extent is it ethical to train a minor without their acceptance?

To what extent is strategic skills in sporting games is not considered fowl play?
When is bad sportsmanship justifiable for disqualification?
To what extent does the audience affect the style of gaming in olympics?

Greek Player
To what extent does the action of an athlete reflect the attitude of their own country?
To what extent does freedom of speech affect ones career?
How does one judge a remark as being offensive rather than humor?
Who is justified to make permanent game changing decisions based on non-game activity of players?

May 25th, 2012



March 16th, 2012
Give the definition for each of the Ways of Knowing (WOKs)
  • Reason is thinking in a logical order. As in this happened and this happened, so therefore this must be happen. It is clear cut.
  • Emotion is using what you feel to interpret how you know. It can be an reaction to something. Depending on each person, the result will be different since everyone has their own background, beliefs, etc.
  • Language is communication through speech, written or gestures. It is hard to grasp because it varies greatly depending on the region in the world and by person.
  • Sense perception is using the five main senses, it is physical reaction to something. These five senses are smell, taste, scent, hear and see.

Write down 3 interesting questions you could ask in each of the Areas of Knowledge (AOKs)
  • The Arts -Does art have to have meaning? Conversely, if something is meaningless, can it be art?To what extent is it ethical to relate arts to political means?What knowledge of art can be gained by focusing attention on the artist?
  • Ethics- How does our cultural upbringing influence our ethics? How important is the study of literature, and of history, in an individual’s ethical development?To what extent may the circumstances of people’s lives excuse actions that might be condemned by society’s moral principles?
  • History- Does human learn from past mistakes? Who determines the accuracy of history?Can one talk meaningfully of a historical fact? How far can we speak with certainty about anything in the past? How reliable is the study of the past?
  • Natural Sciences- If natural sciences are defined as investigating the natural world, what is meant by “natural” or “nature” in this context? To what extent can all the natural sciences be understood through the study of just one science, for example, physics? If biology relies on chemistry, and chemistry relies on physics, can it be said that all natural sciences are reducible to physics? If so, what would be the implications of this position?
  • Human Sciences-Can you apply the same methods in analysing one's intention or feelings to another? Is there a significant differences, or is there a universal psychology that could be apply to all human beings? Is it reasonable to attempt to explain human behaviour independently of what people claim are their intentions? Are there insights into behavior that can only be afforded by finding these out? When do we start calling our opinions our own by looking at other sources?
  • Mathematics- How have technological innovations, such as developments in computing, affected the nature and practice of mathematics? Are there aspects of mathematics that one can choose whether or not to believe? Is mathematics universal?It is sometimes said that mathematical reasoning is a process of logical deduction. If this is true, and if the conclusion of a proof must always be implied by (contained in) its premises, how can there ever be new mathematical knowledge?


Team Members: Aastha, Ain, Chris, Janey

Candidate Questions:
  • How far is our knowledge of world issue limited by our sense perception?
  • How can we justify our opinions to be our own?
  • To what extent does our cultural background influence our beliefs and opinions?
  • To what extent should sensitive historical events be conveyed to children?
  • In what situations can teaching about the Holocaust be justified?
  • To what extent does age play a role in what information you should know?
  • What are the criteria of judging a piece of information controversial?

Final Knowledge Issue
To what extent does age play a role in what information you should know?
What are the criteria of judging a piece of information controversial?

Ways Of Knowledge

Using an interactive method to learn about history
Movies and books used to learn about history
Other lego toys?
Other children war games- RISK, Battleship
Although, very serious and tragic event made into a children toy which are fun?

Counter claim:
-Shock, horror, it might scare the child
-Anger towards Germans?
-Religious beliefs, child after learning may turn bias towards one side
We do not have a personal connection but Jewish people might be offended

Area Of Knowledge

History- WWII Learning about history, makes them more aware of the world sooner
Acts as a basic structure that children can build up upon when they are older
Children learn better when younger

Human Sciences- Social problems

Areas of Knowledge: ETHICS
  • The Categorical Imperative is like if everyone does it, will everything still function.
  • Utilitarianism is the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of people.
  • Deotological Ethics is judgement based on the intentions or something.