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

Science has both similarities and differences in the way it approaches knowledge as compared to other areas of knowledge

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

TOK Science Essay Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, "science" refers to the body of reliable knowledge itself, of the type that can be logically and rationally explained. Also, science is more similar to knowledge as an area of knowledge than the others, because it is actually based on observing and criticizing certain aspects of the environment and how things work around us. Through science we can gain knowledge of certain phenomena and characteristics of the world, and therefore apply this knowledge to make our life easier by progressing as technology evolves. ...read more.

Middle

Moreover, science could be compared to ethics/religion. As stated before, science is the process of searching or seeking the truth on the basis of facts. If ethics is good vs. bad, right vs. wrong and true vs. false, then it must encompass the facts and evidences which is the only path leading to the truth. Whenever, whatever science claimed something it is based on facts. Unlike science, religion is fact less, illogical, irrational and orthodox. Religious view is just imaginary or hypothetical with no logical base where as science is theory. Unlike hypothesis, theory is one which has been tested, verified, proved and experimented. ...read more.

Conclusion

Keeping out of reality and facts, religion has become the main source of superstition. Priests and religious leaders have become the peddlers of superstition. Science helps us to get rid of superstition. For example, leprosy was taken as the sin of the past life, but science proved it as a disease caused by the bacteria which can be treated by the regular use of medicine. Therefore, science helps us find our way through false-facts and beliefs, and head to the truth. So science is ethical. Closing, knowledge isn't really a predetermined thing and/or feature that you are born with. You gain knowledge as you grow older, and science helps in reaching a result in any hypothesis you make and therefore can help you expand your knowledge even further. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bill Kontogeorgos ...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. ToK Essay What similarities and differences are there between historical and scientific explanations?

    Maybe it was due to mental insanity and devilishness, wanting to create pain and suffering to others for no reason. The answer to this question won't be exact because there isn't a particular correct answer, Use of qualitative data. Mid-section 3 Describe uses of inductive and deductive knowledge used in these knowledge areas.

  2. Compare and contrast knowledge which can be expressed in words/symbols with knowledge that cannot ...

    Well, though different theories suggest different ways: writing is the one of the most universal ways of understanding, it are composed of a variety of different symbols that create words. Through these written words, humans communicate with each other; for example, I am now writing this TOK essay by using English words and symbols.

  1. ToK: "Science is built of facts, the way a house is built of bricks.."

    That is done observing many rules (for example grammar, syntax, punctuation, semantics) and every different language has its different variety of rules. When it comes to understanding a language it is important to point out not only how the language works but also to know the way how the human mind and brain processes the information.

  2. Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks: but ...

    Sturdily built houses would therefore be like the natural sciences as the theories, if not proved wrong, can support the rest of the house well. Social sciences, like psychology for example may not have as reliable theories to test. Social sciences are not as accurate as natural sciences because unlike natural sciences, they do not have consistent results.

  1. For some people science is the supreme form of all knowledge. Is this view ...

    Using the scientific method, scientific "truths" are induced. For example, from a series of observations at sea level, samples of water freeze at 0�C (32�F). It seems valid to infer that the next sample of water would do the same or that in general water at sea level freezes at 0�C.

  2. Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a ...

    Even one of the most famous wartime leaders Winston Churchill was quoted saying that "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." Based on someone who was as competent as Winston was it would be apparent that some sort of skewing

  1. What are the differences between "I am certain" and "it is certain", and is ...

    The language we speak will influence our thinking to follow that culture. If the culture emphasizes individualism, then it is more likely that the people will use, "I am certain" since their cultural background teaches them to put personal emotions as the first priority; whereas people from a different culture

  2. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of faith as a basis for knowledge in religion ...

    Hindus and various other eastern religions believe in dharma, the universal truth and harmonic law of nature and the inner and outer world of the soul and consciousness. Judaism is focused on Moses and the scriptures such as the Holy Torah as sent by God.

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