TOK-related articles

•May 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

TOK-related articles

Click on this link to see a list of TOK-related articles that I have found and tagged over the years.

20 amazing facts about the human body

•January 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This article links to a number of things that we talk about in TOK. To which AOKs and WOKs do you think it links?

Hacking your brain – altering your senses

•December 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hacking your brain  - altering your senses

Here are five ways that you can alter your sensory perceptions – it seems as if the brain is always trying to create sensory input, even when none is present.

Who controls knowledge?

•November 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

California’s Proposition 37 and the story of knowledge

The story of California’s Prop 37 would make an interesting TOK presentation topic. It covers questions of who controls knowledge, how money can be used to buy knowledge and how emotion and reason can be used to convince voters to act against their own interests.

The Science and Art of Listening

•November 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The Science and Art of Listening

I came across this article on a friend’s facebook timeline and it made me think of a number of discussions that we had when covering the perception unit this year. Is “hearing” or “listening” more like “seeing”? Should we also have two words for what we do with our eyes, just like we have two words for what we do with our ears? Do other languages also have two words for listening and hearing? (hören and zuhören in German). Are we losing our ability to listen with the number of distractions currently surrounding us?

Science and pseudoscience

•March 29, 2012 • 8 Comments

What is the difference between science and pseudo-science? Post your examples of “good” and “bad” science here. Include the URL and an explanation of why you think your example is “good” or “bad”.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

•March 19, 2012 • 29 Comments

What do Ioannidis’ findings imply for the future of medical science?

Does the article change the way the extent to which you trust the treatments your doctor recommends?

Do you agree with Ionannidis that “If we don’t tell the public about these problems, then we’re no better than nonscientists who falsely claim they can heal. […] The scientific enterprise is probably the most fantastic achievement in human history, but that doesn’t mean we have a right to overstate what we’re accomplishing. ”

“It is the normal practice of scientists to ignore evidence which appears incompatible with the accepted system of scientific knowledge, in the hope that it will eventually prove false or irrelevant.”  – Michael Polanyi – How far does this seem true in your scientific studies so far?