• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Relying on the Unreliable", thoughts on bias in history. This report will consider the companies which have been chosen for the aviation sector, including a PEST (Political, Economic, Social and Technological) analysis of the industry. An analysis of ra

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Relying the Un-Reliable Sources is history, history is sources. Without sources, there would not be history- without history, there would not be sources. It should become quite clear how interlinked these two things are. The Area of Knowledge History relies heavily on the studying, understanding and analysis of these so called sources. Before we even properly started the IB History High course, our teacher presented us with a variety of sources, asking us to comment on their reliability. First of all, sources are described as including books, newspapers, printed documents, personal papers, and other archival records, artifacts, and oral accounts that give insight on occurrings of the past. What was interesting was the fact that the whole class had big difficulties understanding why some written pieces of work might not be true at all. ...read more.

Middle

"Were the sources that the authors used for gaining knowledge reliable"? When looking at sources, we found out that we had to take great care. Many were unreliable, some contained false information, some were plain and simple biased. The best way to attempt to see if something written is correct is to identify the author, year of publication, purpose of text and place of publication. Issues arise when identifying these things. Thinking about these issues might result in following questions: "did the author have first hand experience of the matter described or told, or was she far away?", "is the author simply retelling gossip or actual occurings?", "how soon after the event was the source written?", "did the author have an particular standpoint and is this highlighted in the account?" ...read more.

Conclusion

If a Japanese diary was published in New York, thirty years after a certain event, you might ask yourself, how did it get there and why is it being published in New York, is it maybe because some publishers want to make big money from an edited story? When information is published inside other books such as history textbooks, a few other knowledge issues spring up: "Who published the book or article? (In other words, was the book published by a reputable scholarly publishing house; did the article appear in a respected journal)?", and "Is the book or article obsessed with a particular point of view?" Another helpful tip is checking what the author's standing/reputation in the academic community is. If the author is a professor at Harvard University, we can assume that he is knowledgeable about his subject. This is so called expertise in an area of knowledge. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge essays

  1. Which sources of knowledge-books, websites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other- do ...

    Websites can be made and published by anyone so the information on them could nonsense, or it could be true, we normally judge a website on how logical the information sounds and how the actual website looks. For example information on a BBC website would be taken in to be

  2. Using history and at least one other area of knowledge, examine the claim that ...

    that there are bias and selections but nevertheless it appears to us that they still drew some bold conclusions such as the one mentioned previously. In the NIPCC's report, it is made evident that there are various factors that the IPCC did not take into account such as solar activity, negative feedbacks from water, the urban heat island effect...

  1. Determinism. Minority Report is very similar to a book called, Chronicle of a ...

    This brings the beliefs of ethics into this matter. As a knower and apart of the Christianity community, I have a strong belief in pre-determined events. I believe that God has set out our lives and that we are responsible for the decisions we make but in the end if

  2. Which sources of knowledgebooks, websites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other ...

    not support Julius Malema, but to make this event not look like an act enchanting discrimination. The people who then read this article would therefore change their interpretation of the event, depending on whether or not they find the source trustworthy.

  1. Which sources of knowledgebooks, web sites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other ...

    had 24 pairs of chromosomes as a Texan biologist, Theophilus Painter, had miscounted them under a telescope. No one had bothered to recount the number and this simple mistake had spread this false knowledge mostly through books. Today we know that human beings in fact have 23 pairs of chromosomes and not 24.

  2. Examine the Claim That It Is Possible to Attain Knowledge Despite Problems of Bias ...

    For example examining rocks, you can still tell from comparison with other rocks how they are related in terms of timing. Without problems of bias and selection, the natural sciences would probably evolve at a slower rate than with problems of bias and selection.

  1. Extended Essay. How do social class and gender affect the pursuit of happiness ...

    Bronte, 24) Before Heathcliff arrived on the manor, she served only Catherine and her brothers. In this time, she grew very close to Catherine. When she seen the relationship between this wild orphan boy change Catherine is, she becomes weary of him and starts to develop a strong displeasure for the boy.

  2. Scholarship should be awarded based on social economic status and not on academic achievement. ...

    This leaves government to really think about investing and sponsoring a student. They need to consider about their benefit, for example, the student that they are sponsoring, what contributions would they give back to the country.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work