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There are many different authorities including academicians, politicians, global organizations and companies, who make knowledge claims, as an experienced TOK student what criteria do you use to distinguish between knowledge, opinion and propaganda.

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Rahul Chatterjee TOK Essay There are many different authorities including academicians, politicians, global organizations and companies, who make knowledge claims, as an experienced TOK student what criteria do you use to distinguish between knowledge, opinion and propaganda. In the subject TOK we are subject to many discussions of a critical nature. These constant and deliberating debates often result in heated discussions regarding a particular topic. It is from these constant discussions that I like to believe that I have learnt a few ideals and a few beliefs that will help me in the future to achieve exactly what I want. Most importantly I have cultured the ability to sift the inconsequential information from that which amounts to nothing. I have realized how being able to do that automatically allows someone to form opinions about a topic. Soon one begins to learn how to look for weaknesses in articles, television shows, Internet data etc. ...read more.

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Depending on their body language, the way they answer questions and their opinions about certain things that you believe, you form an opinion about that person. It is this very complex set of tests that you are putting your friend through in order to trust him/her. It is important to keep an open mind for it is the first impression that lasts with us the longest. If we come down on every small nuance about a person then it is impossible for us to like them and to trust them. Every bit of information will be suspect and there will be no trust at all. But the main point in all of these examples is that only after consistent exercising of this ability does one's ability to read different sources of information become powerful. ...read more.

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The comment after that was that oil tycoons soak up a fair amount of oil making them highly flammable. This is also pure propaganda is spread only for attention. So we see how there are certain ways in which we can differentiate between what is to be trusted and what is to be held in contempt and to be suspected. It is in the end up to us to decide what it is that is reliable and what is not. The only way to make out is to use source of information that are reliable and that can be accounted for. We must learn to differentiate between a person's personal opinions even though it may conflict with our own. However we should always question unrelentingly at every stage and we must challenge, at every stage, for it is only then that we, in the future may develop as human beings and not just existing in this world. Word count: 1050 ...read more.

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