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TOK Course reflection

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Final Examination - Course Reflection Dear James, This semester of IB classes made me reflect a lot on important matters that on level classes wouldn't encourage me to reflect upon. I've noticed that IB really challenges students and fuels plenty of critical thinking that will definitely be helpful in life. Among all the IB courses that I attend, the one that has boosted my knowledge and sharpened my thinking the most is Theory of Knowledge. ToK is a class where important issues of various kinds are presented to students to start a debate and stimulate smart reasoning in order to analyze the question and understand how reliable that claim is. The focus of the discussion is on the quality of justification of the knowledge claim in question. In order to easily identify eventual problems in the claims, ToK has divided knowledge according to its origin and the way it is obtained, separating it into the 4 ways of knowing. ...read more.

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Certain knowledge may fit in more than one area or not fit well in any of them, however, most knowledge and specific disciplines do fit because of their similar methods of gaining knowledge, the types of claim each makes and the issues to consider. After this semester of ToK, I've realized that the physical sciences are way less reliable than we think. Even though they follow the rigid "scientific method", they are still processed by humans therefore they have the same flaws that human beings have. Similarly, Ethics, which looks like a straightforward area of knowledge, turns out to be very misleading due to the issue of language that impairs the meaning of its work. ToK has really taught me how be critical and smart when presented with claims. It will definitely help me in real life since it taught me how to formulate my own opinion on a claim. ...read more.

Conclusion

I have seen deep transformations in my writing. In fact, now I use a totally different vocabulary when writing. This new vocabulary I have developed is way more specific than the one I used before and tries to minimize the room for misunderstanding and miscommunication. ToK has also taught me much about humans, about our flaws and our qualities. I've learned that I should challenge much more the knowledge that is given to me as valid because there is a high chance of finding it invalid. The best part about challenging a claim, however, is that if you determine that a claim is valid and it turns out to be invalid, at least you can say you have done your best to verify its reliability. If you have misjudged a claim, as most humans tend to do, you have missed a particular that makes it invalid and that's the very reason why everybody should challenge knowledge's validity by itself. ...read more.

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