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  1. Since all the exams are done and there are not many people doing philosophy, thought I'd start this topic. How was it? Do you think it was difficult? I thought Paper I was very challenging. Paper II was not that bad. I was doing Ethics of Authenticity and the question was about something I'd though about for a long time on a personal level. Paper III was extremely easy in my opinion. The text was readable, understandable. I was scared of this one the most but I'm quite confident about this one.
  2. I found the exam as a whole to be very easy. English B is not challenging at all when you compare it to other subjects.
  3. Please if anyone sees this answer as soon as possible, it is very important. Instruction on the exam paper said "Answer two questions on any one theme" There are multiple themes with two questions each. OK, so does this mean "Choose ONE theme and answer both its questions" OR "Answer two questions from different themes" Please respond urgently. Thank you so much
  4. Go on sevenoaks philosophy website and download everything. The have great booklets and pdfs about both topics and advice on how you should structure your essay. I didn't formally study Mill for IB (I studied Arendt and Taylor because I'm crazy) but I've done quite a lot of readings on his work. What I've seen is over the past few years they've been repeating the same concepts. Especially in Paper 1, it seems like even when you know the main arguments of the most prominent philosophers you can develop your own ideas around it and get a nice mark. It's all about having a clear response with a good amount of reflection. This isn't for you but for the people studying for next year perhaps: listen to podcasts people. They help a lot. I'd advise philosophy bites. For the prescribed text: I assume you've read the book and relevant material online. You're lucky you've got a book with so much written about it. I doubt you'll have trouble finding material. Just list all the main points and terms the author uses and just compare and contrast them in your head. Imagine it like ping pong. There is a point -- and there is a counter-point. Which is strongest. Just make sure you know the author's philosophical approach by heart. What does the author value, which points does he stress the most, which chapter was the longest? On Paper 3 -- I'm lost as much as the next guy. Good luck to us all.
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNLdblFQqsw I advise you to watch this wonderful video by vsauce. It's about how we divide time to periods and how we perceive them as one after the other -- when the reality is they are overlapping more often than not.
  6. I noticed in my sample IB Philosophy Paper 1 and 2 that there is not a word limit. This is worrying. I don't know how much I'm supposed to write. In some questions it says "approximately 800 words" and in some questions it doesn't say anything. It just says, answer two questions or answer only one question. But these questions are complex. They are worth like 20-30 points and there is quite a lot of time to develop a response. Yet, I do not know how much I'm supposed to write! The exams are in a few weeks. Please help me! Thank you
  7. For Philosophy IA I need to find non-philosophical stimulus. I just watched the movie Her, and I thought about using it with a question regarding artificial intelligence. Do you think it's a good idea or will it be done by too many candidates this year for it to be considered an original topic. I need help as soon as possible. Also, how can I approach it? Any tips or thoughts? Thanks again
  8. Hello, I decided to write my EE on two different authors' female characters and I've done all my research and notes. One writer is a woman and was born in 1925 and the other one is an openly gay man who was born in 1955. They both write about women but in very different ways. Her book was published in 60s and his book was published in 2000s. Should I just pick one OR do both? Is comparing two different books even possible in A1 EE? Thanks by heart
  9. My IA topic is about neurobiology and behavior. I will try to see the relation between music and children's problem solving skills. I'm thinking about giving them puzzles and playing music and see whether they get slower/faster. Is this appropriate and how can I link it better to the syllabus? Thank you
  10. I'm trying to find a research question for my EE. I'm not expecting anyone to find me one, I just need someone to tell me whether it's appropriate. I can write something about past phonological changes of the language. How about that? What can I write about "intrusive r"? I find it very interesting that some people feel the need to add "r" and I would like to investigate how that happened and how it changed the language? It would be lovely if anyone could post interesting articles that would somehow give me an inspiration to come up with a topic. The idea is to base my ideas on development of the language, how changes affect culture, or vice versa... Thank you very much
  11. Hello everyone I'm currently doing research for my SL exploration but I'm stuck. I'm not asking for topic suggestions, I understand that's my responsibility. I realized that I'm interested in "Four Color Theorem" but I don't quite know how I'm supposed to explore the problem here. I don't think I can proove it! Even real mathematicians did that with the help of computers. I know the topic very well, it's very simple. I just don't see how I can demonstrate my mathematics skills (my skillset isn't broad) without getting in over my head - if you know what I mean. Is simply explaining the issue and showing what other people (ie - mathematicians) have done on it while reflecting on my own experience studying this topic enough? I mean like a presentation of things that exist already. I don't think I can come up with something new. My teacher's being very helpful but somehow I'm not seeing how I should cover this. Thank you very much!
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