This is a TOK essay that I completed in my first year of IB on the topic "To what extent are areas of knowledge shaped by their past? Consider with reference to two areas of knowledge."
It received a 9/10 (it was a practice essay).
My TOK essay on accuracy vs simplicity, got an A grade for this....think it provides a good insight into how to incorporate knowledge issues, claims and counter-claims as well as real world examples to answer quite an open-ended question. Hope this helps anyone doing theirs although obviously plagiarism will be found out by the IB so don't do that.
TOK ESSAY final.docx
TOK Essay #1 2009 1. "Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks: but an accumulation of facts is no more science than a pile of bricks is a house(Henri Poincare) Discuss in relation to science and at least one other area of knowledge.
Mark: 23/40 (how not to do it! )
9. Compare and contrast knowing a friend to knowing how to swim, to knowing a scientific theory, to knowing an historical period. What conclusion about the nature of knowledge can you reach?
This essay received a B. Quite frankly, I was astonished. I thought it deserved a C, but then why should I complain? This is, to be honest, a hopelessly boring title that is very hard to be interesting in, but easy to think up of arguments, thus my reason for choosing it.
8. Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth?
This essay received an A (not from an examiner, as it is for the next session, but from Lc's TOK teacher, so it could be a B essay.)