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braindead last won the day on May 22 2013

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  1. braindead

    Summer - What plans do you have?

    Where are you going to study in Toronto and for what? I'm going to Toronto too! University of Toronto for Poli-Sci, but I'm applying to International Relations second year. I'm going UofT Mississauga campus for Visual Studies, by the sounds of the nightlife in Mississauga I may well be downtown as often as possible though
  2. braindead

    Discussion on new ToK Way of Knowing

    Depends on the definition of knowledge itself to be honest. Many religious people believe they "know" what happens after you die, etcetera, because of their faith. They genuinely feel a divine presence in themselves, which is some sort of knowledge in itself. Knowledge is not just being able to recite facts, it's also about the immaterial, for which faith as a way of knowing would be perfectly suited.
  3. braindead

    Summer - What plans do you have?

    A month of irresponsible behavior with my mates here in England, including Download Festival WOO, before jetting off to South Korea for a month to visit family, then off to Toronto to begin university life.. apologies in advance, Mr. Liver.
  4. braindead

    theme for ib art?

    Sounds really good, make sure you can make personal connections with it in some way (not suggesting you have a mental illness lol) - for instance, if a family member has been afflicted by something that would fit, you could do a portrait of them and skew it in some way. My art teacher said a great topic is one that can be stretched and fleshed out as much as possible while relating to you personally, and sounds like you could do both with your theme. Also as a sidenote, even if your teacher says to aim for 40 pages, you should try to do more than that. As you work faster and more fluidly, it will become easier and will require less time - don't let yourself fall into a stilted work schedule like I did, it can be really hard to get back into a rhythm after even a week's break.
  5. braindead

    Extended Essay in History

    There's no set number, but if you write a solid amount it should be in the 30s (from personal experience). Mine went to 38 sources overall, I think. It's no big deal if you have less sources than that for the same amount of text though, since that should correlate to a higher density of historical analysis and evaluation, which is a much greater part of the marking of the essay than how many sources you have. It's no big deal really, as long as you source every fact and date you use, you will find you naturally begin to rack up the sources.
  6. braindead

    IB courses you wish you hadn't taken, but did/do

    Everything but History. Man, I hate IB.
  7. braindead

    EE History

    That also sounds a little off-kilter... I'd rephrase it more to read like: "To what extent did Adolf Hitler's charisma win the loyalty and support of the German peoples?" or "How important was Hitler's charisma in gaining the loyalty.." etc. It sounds like a good, albeit quite common, topic. Make sure you define and compare other factors that contributed to his attainment of popularity, such as his economic policy which created jobs, social policy such as the Hitler Youth which brainwashed a generation and built a foundation for future loyalty, and the likes. Good luck with it, and if you have enough words left you could even look at how his charisma and other aspects of his persona failed to win loyalty and support (i.e. the Valkyrie plot). Hope you do well!
  8. Nothing at all. And I am so proud of it.
  9. braindead

    What will you wish if you are given 7 wishes?

    Ability to teleport into my already warm bed at any time, including during lessons and exams, with no consequences. Being able to produce Nutella from my palms and rub it all over my face and lips. Guns, bombs, and anyone who knows how to make them all disappear. Back to bows and arrows! (Cmon what kind of genie could grant world peace anyways) Ability to fire lasers out of my eyeballs. (Who doesn't want that?) Go back in time to prevent the rises of Adolf Hitler, Francisco Franco and Lil Wayne. Photographic memory! Uninvent procrastination.
  10. braindead

    last minute course selection changes!

    Surely doing Economics at HL would be better in terms of your future university choices than Film? From what I hear from other schools, it's quite a hard subject to take, so if you do you will need to dedicate a lot of time to it.. I know it's hard, but never ever EVER pick a subject because you like the teacher. It's not what's best for you in the long run - I picked history even though my favorite history teacher was not teaching the IB, and I am still almost certain I will come out with a 7 at HL. Trust me, picking the subject rather than the teacher is a much better idea, and your relationship with the teacher should not ever affect any decision you make. English HL is really not too bad, in my opinion it is just English SL, but with a few more books and more contextual knowledge required. I don't do Psychology so you can't count on my opinion really, but my friends who took it at HL said it was fairly simple, just a case of remembering a bunch of theories or tests or something.. I dunno, but I think you could handle it. Good luck, whatever you choose!
  11. braindead

    Guess something about the next poster

    Errrrrr nah I don't. I can't even use sewing machines and they do it for you, haha. NP has consumed caffeine within the last 24 hours
  12. braindead

    Are you done? :D

  13. braindead

    Why don't you believe in God?

    In case you were addressing me directly with that last part, I'm not trying to force my atheism onto anyone, merely trying to convey my own view of the debated topic. Obviously bending someone's views through coercion is a horrible thing that I'd never condone, but sometimes people don't listen, or resort to in their own arguments, reason. Also, yeah, that was quite a brash assertion I made, but you got my point nonetheless. Here's my question to you: why give people a Church instead of a homeless shelter, a belief in divine intervention instead of the means to become self sufficient? A lot of people who work in soup kitchens and homeless shelters are not religious (of course, some are), yet they still have the kindness in their hearts to give to the poor for free. Those homeless don't go away at night thinking, "thank you God for giving me that soup", they are thinking, "thank you shelter worker for giving me that soup" - or at least, that's how it should be. If no religious structures existed, there'd be space for more housing, economically advantageous buildings, homeless shelters, homes for the elderly, etcetera... instead, we have Churches that already stable people go to to occasionally perform charity work. Homeless shelters are full-time. Additionally, with somewhere to stay semi-permanently, people would have some time to prepare themselves for self-sufficiency - getting a clean pair of clothes, getting a job, eventually their own home... one night of whatever Church charity work consists of is very unlikely to provide that for them. Similarly, neither is a God... it is up to that person and that person alone to make the most of a potential opportunity and convert it into a success. Like I've been saying, human initiative, not divine intervention.
  14. braindead

    Can communism ever work?

    Equally is it not morally correct to help others in need if you are able to? I think that's why Marxist ideals gained popularity in the first place - because of huge class stratification in feudalistic states. The rich are extremely rich, the poor are extremely poor, and Communism is an immediate solution, the redistribution of wealth bringing everyone closer to a median. I don't think Communism will ever work again in our time - not necessarily because of greed or anything like that, since I believe if a Communist system were prosperous enough for everyone to have enough to live in comfort they would be content, but because of the bad press of previous Communist states, the failures that are linked with them. People are scared that history will repeat itself, just as the old cliché would predict.
  15. braindead

    Why don't you believe in God?

    I am not blaming religion itself, it's the fact there are so many that lead to conflict. One universal faith would be much more understandable than various divisions in society that eternally conflict, due to the basis of their faiths. The only major religion that doesn't subscribe to a deity is Buddhism, and most agree that serious Buddhist practitioners are far more peaceful and nonaggressive than your average human being (obviously there have been conflicts between Buddhist and non-Buddhist states, but it has never been labelled as a religion-driven war). So yes, maybe you could be right in saying religion does teach - but then what do you think education is for? I've never once attended a church, and likewise I have never vandalised, attacked anyone, destroyed someone else's property, stolen or done drugs, simply because I'm not an uneducated idiot who actually pays attention in class. The people who don't listen in class, in general, become these "lowlifes" - and that is an issue with society that will not be fixed by converting them all to vicars. So basically, to summarise my point, one universal religion would be most desirable, since it would all but eliminate any type of religious conflict (the only clashes remaining would be between the theists and atheists). That will never happen, because religions have become subscriber services rather than pure faiths. Religions are wrong, and twist any reason to believe in God. The real reason behind this thread is whether you believe God exists, though, and I will happily state again that I don't believe he does, simply because he has not done anything, has not improved anything or influenced anything, that cannot be attributed to the ingenuity (or malice) of our species, whether that be a collective group (NASA, Al Qaeda, Greenpeace) or individuals (Einstein, Watt, Edison, etc). If you try to argue that God implanted them with that genius, there is no way either you or I could prove or disprove that, so that is the point where the phrase "agree to disagree" becomes relevant.

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