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  1. Blue with pink, but only because it reminds me of cotton candy. In a burning house in which you could only rescue one of the choices, would you choose 1 relative/ close friend or 3 complete strangers?
  2. All-nighter. I can't stand unrestful sleep. Cambridge or Oxford?
  3. Apple Apple Apple! A magical world high in the sky or deep in the sea?
  4. The fact that I procrastinate... a lot. What was your most meaningful moment of 2008?
  5. Ski trip vacation! I've never seen snow, and fireplace + hot chocolate + snuggling under a blanket= Library or Garden?
  6. Avrila, that's a great example! I was actually just researching people like that, and I also came across a fictional character named Dexter who kills "bad" people, which I might use. I'm also going to discuss ethics for a while, but I was wondering what all of you thought the best format for this presentation would be? I'd [i]really[/i] like to have a debate, but we haven't had one the entire year, as the people in my class don't pay attention and aren't interested in [i]anything[/i]. I'd really rather not do a powerpoint presentation, as I'm sure most people would be incredibly bored. Do you think it'd be a good idea to take a few of my friends willing to discuss the subject to class with me and have kind of a "scripted" debate?
  7. [quote name='Vvi' post='31821' date='Jan 1 2009, 06:54 AM']You suggestions are god, seems like you have a pretty good example there. However, you should pick just one of those issues that you mentioned. How we treat/should treat individuals that don't conform to society's norms OR how we define good and evil OR the effect that senses have on our emotions. There just isn't enough time to analyse all of them,and your analysis would end up being incomplete. The one about individuals that don't fit into society is the best, I think. It leads on to a discussion of prisons and the legal system, other methods of punishing individuals (like publicly ostracizing them), etc. A very interesting there is: how far can people NOT conform before we decide to restrict their actions and freedom? As an American, you could talk about the changes in Homeland Security policy after 9/11. Because of the actions of a few, the right of habeas corpus was taken away. Collective security or collective punishment for the American nation?[/quote] I agree, I really like the issue about how we treat individuals that don't fit into society. You have some very good points about security now too (especially the fact that after travelling for a while it really isn't hard to bypass the system ). Thanks very much!
  8. Hi everyone, Our ToK presentations are in February and March, and I’d like to somehow include the novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer in mine, and I know some of you here have read it. (There’s a plot summary [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfume_(novel)#Plot_summary"]here[/url], but it really doesn’t do the novel justice.) I was thinking about discussing how we treat (or how we should treat) individuals that do not fit into our society, how we define good and evil (since most people would see the main character’s actions as wrong while he likely views them much more leniently), how it was possible for the main character to escape his punishment, the effect the senses have on our emotions…and the list goes on. The only advice our teacher gave us was to choose something controversial, but it seems that all the controversial topics have been extremely overdone. So, are there any topics from the list (or possibly some inspired by the book) that would make a good topic for my presentation? Thanks in advance for any help/ comments.
  9. If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? -Alice (from Alice in Wonderland)
  10. Interesting new fact, apparently I am classified as an EU student due to the fact that I spend a certain amount of time in Cyprus each year. But I did get rejected from Oxford, so I'm still unsure as to what to do.
  11. Aw, that sounds great, other than the fact that I don't think I qualify as a UK student. I've spent about 2 months there each summer of my life, but I'm assuming the 2 years has to be consecutive? I actually talked to my parents about working for a year before starting uni- and they absolutely refused to allow it (plus I won't be 18 until after I would start uni anyway so I'm technically still under their control), but thanks for the insight.
  12. If you haven't found blindpet's discussion of the interview, it's here. That sounds brutal. Since I've applied for Physics and Philosophy I'll definitely practice developing arguments, but should I also be ready to use various equations and such on the spot? But I don't know if I should bother asking a teacher to practice with me considering I don't even know if they want to interview me yet, and I'll end up looking quite silly if I've taken a teacher's time for nothing. Also, I wonder if there'll be much difference between a telephone interview and a normal interview? Good luck to everyone that's been invited to interview already! Btw, you needn't type Mandiloquence to reply to me, my name's Niki.
  13. My goodness, I'll definitely be preparing then. I'm currently reading books mentioned in my PS and the written work I submitted, is there somewhere I can find information on interview preparation? (I've already read what their website says ) I got a conditional from York too, Aboo! And Manchester.
  14. Haha, it's interesting how each of your posts represents one of the two conflicting viewpoints within my head. One on hand I think "It's my education we're talking about, that's priceless" and on the other I think "I don't want to ruin my life with student loans and other financial disasters". But thank you both for the opinions. I'll definitely be looking for scholarships for Cypriot citizens and asking Elsa what she knows. Also, I am going to apply to Yale and the other schools in the US with good Physics and Philosophy programs, since if I do stay here for my undergraduate degree I can apply for things like the Fulbright scholarship later. I think the easiest way to get out of actually making this decision is to wait and see whether Oxford offers me a place. If they do, nothing can keep me out of the UK; if not, then I'll probably just stay here.
  15. Has anyone heard anything about Oxford interviews by telephone? (They did say they would probably be at very short notice, but I'm wondering! )
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