Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

theIBstuden123

Presentation
Animal testing & Ethics

Hey guys, my final ToK presentation is in a couple of weeks. My topic is on animal testing, and I am mainly going to talk about ethics. Do you guys have any suggestions on what to talk about in my presentation?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You must must MUST narrow your topic. For example,

- What makes animal testing different to human testing/plant testing?

- What does animal testing say about how people value life other than human life?

- Are some varieties of animal testing more "ethically acceptable" than others? ie. testing of cosmetic products as opposed to testing vaccines or medical cures et cetera

You might also want to consider whether ethics are relative or universal. Remember, you are not discussing animal testing so much as you are the underlying knowledge issues. In the first example, the issue would be "how do we know that there is a fundamental difference between humans/plants and animals?" The second example might be "What is the value of life/does the value of life change depending on the life/how do we know the value of life". The final example might be "does the purpose of an act change the ethical acceptability of the act?"

Once you have identified a topic and the underlying knowledge issue, the knowledge issue and NOT the real-life topic should be the focus of your discussion. The TOK guide has literally a step-by-step procedure of what it is that they want exactly. Read it. Have fun!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are going to do it alone..then you may want to narrow it down yes, because in 10 minutes you will be too vague to cover the criteria. However if you are doing it with someone else or even with two other people, then I think you have enough time to cover the necessary things.

If you are going to do on Animal testing, then just make sure you:

1) Give a brief explanation of it + examples in 2 or 3 slides (the slides are supposed to be short and you do the talking :P )

2)Give the 'for' and 'against' arguments.

3) Talk about how this issue relates to the areas of knowledge/ways of knowing in TOK.

That is a very general structure, I can't really give you more details than that. :P

Good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites