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  1. An enigma that has confounded us since our very beginning. There is no objective 'consensus' about it, it's as individualized as our favorite hobby or something like that. I think it all depends on how we perceive the world and our outlook, normally expressed in terms of pessimism, optimism, futurism, hedonism(?), minimalism, etc etc. For example, post-modernism is a school of thought that emerged after the second world. It has a pretty nihilistic approach to life, morality, and purpose. Many people say that the pursuit of knowledge or the betterment of society is our purpose in life. I certainly believe that those are goals that we should strive for, but I also think that those goals are about what we should do and not provide us reasons on why we exist or what our purpose is. On a similar note, asking the reason for why we exist is assuming that we need a reason in the first place. I'd suggest you to seriously study Religion, Philosphy and/or Spirituality as those sources can offer compelling and thought-provoking views on whether our existence is pure luck, a part of a grand scheme or just a big waste of time. Regardless of what conclusion you come up with, aim to come out of IB with a sane mind first!
  2. I'd think that you have a huge array of options if you are going for windows. Prominent brands include samsung, hp, dell, asus, lenovo, etc. However, as mac117 said, if you are used to mac, it would be good to buy a mac. I personally prefer windows as I'm a bit unfamiliar with mac. Beside the usual nitty-gitties, do take a look at what screen size you want the laptop to be.
  3. Unfortunately, there are no books or any such thing available for paper, though you can surely find some guides online. There will never be any literary texts for paper 1 SL, but for HL there is one for contrast and analysis (see the lang&lit guide for details). In the end, it all boils down to how well your teacher guides you on this course.
  4. I'm facing a similar dilemma myself. Can I please know if u stuck with mandarin or not
  5. Honestly, i'm not so sure about that KQ. From what i've heard from my teachers, KQ's should be about the formation of knowledge, and how does that knowledge affect us (or how we come to influence knowledge)- the much hyped 'how do we know what we know' meme. However, this phrase is not a joke and it's actually quite serious in ToK in order to form a good KQ and KC. Your KQ, on the other hand, can easily be made into a second-order KQ if u give some more thought on the knowledge related aspects of the issue instead of going into a debate. Maybe you could rephrase it by saying how shared knowledge may shape our perceptions. For example, "How has shared knowledge come to determine what we perceive as normal?" Don't take my word as final though; you should probably discuss that with your teachers. Hope this helps!
  6. My presentations are coming up in a month. This is what my teacher gave me as to give an idea on how to organize my presentation (see file attached). But remember, your final mark will depend on how well you complete the presentation form! Hahah i'm not saying that you shouldn't work hard to give a good presentation, but that you still have a chance of getting a high mark if your KQ and the analysis is good enough. Hope this helps. ToK_Presentation-graphic_planner_copy.pdf
  7. Hey everyone, my subjects are Global Politics, Chinese AB Initio & English A SL and Physics, Chemistry & Maths HL. I am struggling badly with Maths HL, and seeing my recent maths exam results, my maths teacher suggested me to drop it. I discussed this with the Co-ordinator and she told me to drop Maths HL to SL and take GloPo HL instead. However, the problem with dropping with Maths HL is that those 3 HLs do not sync and most universities specify the required HL subjects for the majors they offer. Also, as I wish to study engineering in the future, dropping maths to SL is not a choice for me unless I rethink my career choice. I'm faced with a dilemma and welcome any helpful suggestions to this problem.
  8. Now I may not be able to make you all believe in God if you don't want to, it is entirely upto you, but as a muslim, I personally believe that everyone of us should step back a bit and evaluate critically what exactly we are believing and why. I urge everyone to see this video about Science, Qur'an & the Bible. Even though it is primarily a debate between a muslim & a christian scholar, I think it is very much relevant to those who say God doesn't exist. I linked this specific video because atheists reject God on the basis of the incompatibility between science and religion. Note: If you start to watch this video, please try to watch it till the end, it may be long but it's worth it. No offense intended to anyone. .