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  1. Howdy, fellow IB kids I'm really struggling to find a RLS for my TOK presentation. I had to come up with a knowledge question really suddenly and it is "To what extent does one have the responsibility to share (substantial) personal knowledge?" My main idea for the RLS is to find a case where authorities, scientist have kept a secret from the public that could potentially be really important. Right now my only RLS idea is from the show "The 100" where they are all up on a space ship or something and an engineer finds out that the oxygen will soon run out. When he tells the president, he doesn't allow him to share the discovery to others and kills him to make sure of it. My teacher said that this will probably work, but a REAL RLS would be much better. So if you have any ideas of incidences kind of similar to that I would be REALLY GRATEFUL!
  2. Hello, Right now we are working on creating our final TOK presentations and I am very stuck.. For my last presentation I talked a lot about ethics and how that can effect our judgement, I have done my presentations around ethics and emotion and I feel that I'm pretty strong in that AOK and WOK.. My starter KQ: How can a lack of knowledge justify unethical conduct? What can I fix and why? What kind of RLS can I use for this type of question? Thank you.
  3. I don't really know how to create a good KQ with this information.. Please help me! RLS: "Jilly Juice" - A juice that is created by Jillian Epperly, claims that it can cure "Candida" the "root "of all diseases. It's created with very dangerous amounts of salt and cabbage, and many people believed that it cured them of their disease. Many also claimed that it worsened their condition. According to doctors and health specialists, when consumed everyday, it can kill you; but her followers believe otherwise and continue consuming the juice. source: https://www.newsweek.com/jillian-mai-thi-epperly-claims-cabbage-juice-cures-autism-homosexuality-and-909737 AOK: Natural Science / Religious Knowledge Systems /Ethics starter KQ: To what extent can our emotions affect our perception of knowledge? How can I change this? ^ what can I do to make it better? -People are blinded by their beliefs and chose to believe someone that doesn't have the credentials to prove that it is true -experts can prove that her claims are false -People are looking for a solution to solve their problems, emotion drives them to disregard evidence if you have any more advice or other things to fix please let me know. Thank you! -M
  4. Hello! Right now I am working on my TOK Essay. One of my WOKs is sense perception and as a supporting example for my claim, I gave a quote by Helen Keller. Though my counter-claim is also supported by the example of Helen Keller using her touching sense to perceive the reality. My question is: Is it okay to use an example regarding the same person both for claim and counter-claim? My teacher thinks it is kind of not right and conflictual, but I do like the examples. I look forward to hearing from you soon^^
  5. Hi all, I'm currently doing a mock TOK presentation and I have gotten my main RLS and the RLS that I will link everything back to in the end. The AoKs that I am focusing on are Ethics and partially History. The WoKs that I chose are reason and emotion. Specifically, I am trying to focus on how ethical decisions can be justified by reason and emotion. I still need news example for the counterclaim and claim. I have two claims; The first being that reason is the most reliable justification for an ethical decision and the second being that emotion is not a reliable justification for ethical decisions. My two counterclaims are basically the opposite of the claims. These claims are derived from the main RLS of mine which is the revoking of the net neutrality law. These claims are then later further validated by my other RLS for the ending when we link back to the main RLS and another RLS that is different but relevant. This is what it currently looks like: RLS: Net neutrality law was removed Definitions: Ethical decision making and Emotion 1. Claim: Reasoning is the most reliable justification for an ethical decision Example: ? 2. Counterclaim: Example: ? 3. Claim: Emotion can cloud one’s ability to make ethical decisions Example: ? (Possible psychology study) 4. Counterclaim: Emotion strengthens the justification of ethical decisions Example: ? (Something about religion) Link back to original RLS and then link to China's strict omission of information both online and physically. I need help to find issues or news that are linked to this topic since I had only found two so far. I will appreciate any sort of recent publications that I could link back to my KQ. Any news or issue suggestions for Claims or counterclaims will be greatly appreciated. If I am at risk of being plagiarised, please tell me. Thank you in advance.
  6. Hey guys, I'm just confused about something and would like to ask you for advice: How broad does the knowledge question(the main one) in the tok presentation have to be? The two tok teachers in my school have different opinions and I'm really puzzled. Thanks in advance.
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    so basically I am planning to take beauty and media as my topic in my tok presentation.my KQ is that to what extent is media;s perception of ideal body image affects our own body image?is that okay for a group of 3 and is there more scope?
  8. Hi! i am doing my practice tok presentation in a week or two's time, and i have found an rls that i kinda know how i would answer it for my presentation. My rls is a ted talk abt why we should listen to vivaldi's four seasons (rly entertaining!) my kq might either be "under what circumstances does language play a role in the arts" or "how does imagination/emotion help us perceive the arts" <if someone can give their input/opinion on this that would be amazing :)> i have other ideas for a presentation (theres this article about how a tribe in africa uses music to communicate with their ancestors instead of entertainment, so i was thinking of using a KQ like "how can the arts give us knowledge about cultures/societies?") that i know is TOK worthy but i dont know how to answer -- should i use my current rls for my real one and just find another rls of similar AOK to work with now? -- please let me know what you think!
  9. Hello! I'll be doing my TOK OP soon and my teachers aren't very helpful.. so I was wondering if I could show you all my brainstorm here and if you guys could deduce if it is doable? To what extent is language a reliable way of knowing in the natural sciences? My RLS is: The Father of Genetics, Gregor Mendel, in 1865 presented his results in German, the language of the Austro-Hungarian Empire of which he was a citizen living in Brun now in the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, his work was not noticed by the rest of the world until it was rediscovered by American researchers in the early 1900s. Much to their credit, they attributed the discovery of Mendel's Laws to him. How much more would the Science of Genetics have progressed had Mendel's work been known by the rest of the world instead of just among the German speakers since 1865? I'm arguing whether language is a reliable WOK in the natural science and my stand is that it is not because of it's inherent flaw as a WOK (language is subjective, the ubiquity of languages makes it difficult for the AOK in natural science because natural science is an objective study and language is tethered to emotion, culture, etc.) There's also the issue of loss in translation. In my presentation, I'm planning to talk about how monolingualism is a solution to the issue of the unreliability of language in natural science (i.e. adopting a universal language in natural science, it's always been a thing. Today, it's English) and real life examples of this is the use of IUPAC. On top of this, the use of models, diagrams help to overcome the unreliability of language. The reason why people need to come up with ways to work around the flaw of language is because without language, scientists would not have access to earlier established and accepted theories which means they would all have to start from the very beginning, the very basic ideas in their science. My counter-argument is that in practice, this 'homogenous' attitude selected a very specific way of looking at the world (due to monolingualism), therefore one can make it easy to discount other types of information as nothing more than folklore. I'm arguing that knowledge that isn't produced via traditional academic research methods which commonly exists in other languages still have scientific value such as indigenous tribes in Indonesia who knew from oral histories how to recognize the signs of impeding earthquakes, enabling them to flee higher ground before the 2004 tsunami hit. Furthermore, the very act of eradicating different languages in the approach to natural science might actually be a disadvantage to the construction of knowledge in general as less scientists may be motivated to conduct these experiments if the audience is not wide enough in their native tongue. What do you guys think? How can I improve? Thank you!
  10. How can I develop a knowledge claim or issue for my IB TOK Presentation? My knowledge question is How do personal and shared knowledge influence the process of artistic creation ? And my subsidiary question is "At what point does inspiration become plagiarism?" With that being said, my topic is Plagiarism or Accusations of Plagiarism. One of my real life situations is the case of Kaavya Viswanathan, whose book, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, had been withdrawn for questionable similarities to other authors work. I want to connect this RLS to the idea of Cryptomnesia–a form of memory bias, or in other words a non-deliberate form of plagiarism. How could I develop a knowledge claim and counter-claim that works in tandem with these? And are these claims supposed to connect to another RLS, or am I to provide separate claims for both? I am really just looking for any sort of guidance. Thank you.
  11. What are your thoughts on a Real Life Situation based on a Tv-show? Comments and suggestions please.
  12. I'm relatively new to this and am seriously having a hard time understanding and applying KQ's. We have to come up with topics for the presentation, so i was wondering if someone could help me out? If I can apply real life situations, then maybe i can understand better. Or do you have any tips for grasping better?
  13. Hello everybody, After having done endless revision on Tim O'Brien's: The things they carried, I decided to base my presentation on that because I thought there was a lot that could be explored. I came to the title 'can you tell the truth through lies'. Am I allowed to use the book as a real life situation? If not, does anyone have any ideas for a rls? ^~^
  14. Hey, So my class and I have just started working on our TOK Presentations which are to be presented mid-may. We are due to find our RLS and KQ by next week. My RLS is about Jonathan Ferrell, and it is related to 'Black Lives Matter'. I have started formulating my KQ however it doesnt really sound TOK suitable, here it is: ' How has the portrayal of certain races in the media affected the way we perceive others?' I was wondering if I could get any tips on how I can make it more 'TOKish'. Please tell me what you think
  15. Hey everyone! I was wondering if it would be appropriate to use an episode of a TV show as my real life situation for my TOK presentation? I was thinking of using an episode of Grey's Anatomy, and I was thinking that my KQ would be something along the lines of "To what extent does emotion play a part in making decisions in medicine?" Links to shared and personal knowledge could be made (medical journals and books v. doctor-patient relationship), as well as how other WOKs (e.g reason, intuition) play a part, and the AOKs would probably be natural sciences and ethics. Thank you!
  16. Hi. I'm doing an outline of my TOK presentation and I'm facing some problems. I would greatly appreciate if anybody could answer my questions. I have already chosen one real life situation which I find very interesting and complex enough to take 10-15 minutes of speech. I don't really think I will be able to find a RLS which is as complex and interesting and deals with the same Knowledge Issue. In fact, I have been searching for a while and this is the only one I've got. Due to this I was wondering whether it's possible to discuss only one real life situation. Will I get a very bad mark if I discuss only one real life situation but thoroughly? Is it even possible? Or is it neccessary to analyse more than one RLS? This is my real life situation: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/12/yhttp://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/12/yahya-hassan-poet-denmark-muslim-rowahya-hassan-poet-denmark-muslim-row The article tells about an 18-year-old Danish Palestinian (Islamic) poet who lives in Denmark. He has published a book of poetry which attracted international attention and is now considered a literary talent. However, in his poems he has criticized Islam and told about the physical violence he has experienced from his father in his childhood. Due to this he has been criticized (and even threatened to death by Islamic extremists). They have told that he should not condemn his parents publicly because he should remain "loyal" to his family and to Islamic religion. I have some problems with formulating the Knowledge Issue for this RLS. I decided to concentrate on the sake of losing loyalty for the sake of freedom of speech. How can I formulate the KI to make it sound more "TOK-like", broader and seem to concetrate on different areas of knowledge (instead of concentrating only on Ethics)? I guess the KI I have right now is a bit too narrow and seems to be a bit too much based only on Ethics: Is it justified to suppress freedom of speech in the name of loyalty? Moreover, I would like to ask if this structure of presentation would be OK: 1. Introduction to the Knowledge Issue 2. Introduction to RLS no. 1 and showing connection between RLS no. 1 and Knowledge Issue 3. Refering to RLS no. 1 in terms of different WoKs and adding sub-Knowledge Issues 4. Refering to RLS no. 1 in terms of different AoKs and adding sub-Knowledge Issues 5. Eventually repeating the process from points 1-4 but with RLS no. 2 (plus showing connection between RLS no. 1 and RLS no. 2) 6. Conclusion? Wouldn't it be too analytical? Also, if anybody has an idea of a RLS which connects with the one I've given and more importantly with my KI I would be more than grateful to hear it. I will probably have to look after as I doubt that discussing only one Real life situation is allowed. Thanks in advance! It would be a great help as I'm kinda stuck. Also, sorry for my English. I know it's far from literary. ~~~~~~~~ Sceptyczka
  17. Hey everybody. So i havent yet decided on my ToK presentation topic. i want it to be creative not just a simple powerpoint or a prezi. I was thinking of a talkshow. Since i have a partner, it would be easier. I can start with inviting the guest (an emminent figure related to the RLS) then will chat a bit abt the RLS then will move on to analyzing the issue.. digging KIs out.. it will be something like the indian talk show Satyamev Jayate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyamev_Jayate_%28TV_series%29) However i am confused whether i am actually allowed to do smething like this for the presentation.
  18. I need to connect the knowledge issue of methods of justification in mathematics to my own experience as a learner in my TOK essay. Only problem is that I don't really justify that many mathematical claims in my everyday life... Please help! I don't want to lose all those points under criterion B?
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