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International Baccalaureate: Theory of Knowledge

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  1. In what way does the problem of evil lead to atheism?

    Classical Theism is the traditional understanding of God as worshipped by Christians, Jews and Muslims. Therefore the problem of evil is only a problem for followers of a theistic religion because then it gets some of the followers of theism asking the same questions such as "if there is actual a God out there and if there is why does he let us suffer and why does evil exist?" Word Count 300 In what way does the problem of evil lead to Atheism?

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  2. TOK notes. The problem of knowledge There are three possible solutions to the problem of knowledge:

    Depends on the context. By 4 ways of knowing: � Language - 'Someone told me' � Perception - 'I saw it' � Reason - 'I worked it out' � Emotion - 'It's intuitively obvious' Levels of knowledge By saying "you know" something, you are somehow taking responsibility for its truth. Understanding of the same problem by different people may be surprisingly different (e.g. regular person and Einstein on the Theory of relativity) Knowledge and Information The difference between knowledge and information is that while information are just facts that have been memorized, knowledge needs an element of justification, truth and belief.

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  3. Art assignment TOK

    Do you believe that having possible varied responses to this work is a weakness or a strength? I think that having varied responses to this work in specific is a weakness because it shows that the meaning put into the work wasn't communicated in a good way a human creates art to express emotion or a meaning and if you don't interpret it like they meant it means they didn't do it correctly, it might be a strength for other works of art but for this one it's a weakness.

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  4. The feminism in Jane Eyre

    "The terms masculine and feminine are used symmetrically only as a matter of form, as on legal papers. In actuality the relation of the two sexes is not quite like that of two electrical poles, for man represents both the positive and the neutral, as indicated by the common use of man to designate human beings in general; whereas woman represents only the negative, defined by limiting criteria, without reciprocity." Evidently, masculinity prevails while femininity fails to advance in society with equal rights to ability, opportunity, and the simple right of legitimate creativity outside of a sewing circle.

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  5. What is an abortion?

    We are shocked by the horrors of the German holocaust where six million Jews lost their lives. Yet in our own American holocaust, over six times that number of innocent babies have been killed. Why has this happened in our "enlightened" time? What can we do to stop this evil? Multitudes of people in our society have come to believe that they benefit from abortion. They have been convinced by endless propaganda that the practice of unrestricted abortion is good and that it must be protected at all costs. This extreme view comes from the radical feminists who argue foolishly that women should be free to choose to kill their unborn babies.

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  6. Tok Chap 1-3

    * Paradox of cartography: if a map is to be useful, it must be imperfect. For the map to be perfect, every detail would have to been shown yet useless as a map. Certainty * It has been thought that certainty is what distinguishes knowledge from belief. * Doubts arise when an individual is asked if they are 100% certainty of a certain thing they are sure about. * Language helps in acquiring knowledge where we have been told them or read them. However, even experts are fallible. * The majority of knowledge is based on experience but our senses sometimes deceive us.

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  7. ToK presentation

    (Slide showing diagram of green house effect) < brief description. However it has been argued by some scientists that this idea was accepted before the theory had been fully investigated. However if this theory is correct, it means that there is a good chance we can prevent our predicted future, but only if we reduce 60% of our carbon emissions over the next 10 years, and even then we have no chance of completely avoiding climate change from happening as the world's surface temperate will still rise by 1�C even if we do reduce the amount of carbon levels produced however reducing carbon levels decreases the chance of more temperature increases.

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  8. work based project

    Moreover when the patients undertook the activities they did not do them as a group activity and social interaction was low. Therefore I realised that there was a need for the activities to be examined and find out why the service users did not enjoy taking part in activities. Proposal I approached the Senior RMN on the ward and proposed that I would like to devise an activity that the service users would thoroughly enjoy because it would be chosen by themselves rather than the current way of presenting them with a list of set options of activities and asking

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  9. Tok Art Assignment: My reactions on visiting the Art Gallery

    Often, those after-reactions will bring a source of understanding that ?washes over? the viewer and thus make it more pleasing and interesting to look at the piece. In my instance, if all I had considered was the fear towards the spider, I would have missed the opportunity to see the other ?responses? that the artist was trying to convey to me. Having understood and looked at the piece from different perspectives, I felt happy with myself having discovered and understood them which in turn bolstered my motivation to try and understand the other pieces of art in the gallery. 1.

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  10. Extended Essay. How do social class and gender affect the pursuit of happiness in Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre?

    Love is the defining factor in the lives of many people. There is nothing that can stop a person from getting what or who they truly love. But sometimes there may be obstacles in your way. When you live, or lived, in a world with equality issues, dominant social classes, and close mindedness, there may be some restrictions placed upon you. In 19th century England, there was a lot of pressure on wealthy men when it came too marriage. There were certain values that the rich were expected to follow. Things like social class, culture, education and class differences prohibited certain actions.

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  11. We want to investigate on whether the development of computer technology brings more positive or negative impacts on Internet privacy

    They are all run by newly developed technology such as face recognizing technology, tracking cookies, anti-virus software, keystroke logging technology etc. These technologies are developed for people?s convenience originally. However, they infringe our privacy sometimes due to improper application. Through these sub-topics, we may be able to investigate on these technologies are applied improperly by different groups of people (For groups with stronger influence: the government, worldwide companies. And for groups with less influence: Parents and friends). We would also organize and synthesis previously conducted research and other scholarly discussion in order to broaden the research field.

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The IB Diploma Programme is a demanding and robust programme of education which students follow at the ages of 16-19. The DP has been recognised as being a strong qualification by universities across the globe, and by leading employers. The DP ensures that students: develop their intellect with due ethical consideration, acquire a breadth of knowledge by studying subjects from 6 subject groups (unlike Advanced level where students generally choose three subjects), and undertake in-depth research into an area of personal interest.

The actual subjects studied include a choice of language, anadditional language, a social science, an experimental science and mathematics. In addition to this students then choose an either arts subject or can choose a second subject form the original 5 groups. Three core elements are also required: that extended essay, completion of the Theory of Knowledge course and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS), which is a range of activities which run alongside the academic programme. Assessment is completed by both internal means and by external examination. Each course is marked and students awarded a score between 1 (the lowest), to 7 (the highest). The diploma is awarded to students who achieve a score of at least 24 points.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a widely accepted pre-university qualification, was developed in the 1960s as an educational standard for a globalising world. If you want to attend university in another country, or you just want to infuse your education with an international perspective, then the IB diploma could be a good option for you.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • We see and understand things not as they are but as we are. Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing.

    "In conclusion, I personally believe that ways of knowing such as emotion, sense perception or language shape our reality greatly. Whether it is our own senses that betray us, the media that influences us, or emotions that affect our reasoning, reality is altered everyday to a certain extent. However, we as humans have come to a point in our existence where we cannot afford to let these things get in the way of truth or objective knowledge. We've become intelligent enough to understand this idea over the decades and decades of the mistakes we have made and knowledge we have gained. That is why, we use reason and logic to put aside our emotions, our sense perceptions, or the thousands of languages of this world, and try to see things for the way they are and not as we are."

  • How is knowledge gained? What are the sources? To what extent might these vary according to age, education or cultural backgrounds?

    "In conclusion the way knowledge is gained and the sources of knowledge vary tremendously according to age, education, and cultural backgrounds. In my opinion, I think that cultural backgrounds are the main reasons for the variations because people that come from different cultural have many different ways of life and beliefs. 1 "knowledge." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008.Merriam-Webster Online. 8 October 2008<"

  • Speech. Our knowledge issue is To what extent should censorship be allow in school. We will also compare the situation in school to censorship at a global level.

    "In conclusion, we believe that its the censorship in our school is a rational option that has to be taken for making sure that students of KGV are going in the right way. However we personally believe that the school should look into more topics to help the students paint the whole picture. This is our belief. There are lots of other views. JT : The Teleologist Approach for this issue would be to look at the advantages and consequences of censorship and come with a result that restrictions to visit certain Internet site and having a no games policy in school is logical however they may come to a result that having a restricted view on history is not acceptable. On the other hand a deontologist, will just look at the ethical side of the argument and will probably support going against the censorship."

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