May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – policing and mathematical modelling

Text: “Allocating Police Officers on a Statewide Basis – A Mathematical Model for the Illinois State.” https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/allocating-police-officers-statewide-basis-mathematical-model The research article above shows the benefits of including “some information and voices” from outside of a bubble. The criminology / policing “bubble” in this case is pierced by the use of mathematical Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #2 specific example – acupuncture

Text: “Acupuncture: In Depth.” https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture-in-depth “Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain.” There is some research that shows some benefits of acupuncture but it isn’t clear whether or not the actual Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #1 specific example – learning a traditional art

Text: https://internationalnohinstitute.com/category/training/ Replicability can be extremely in the arts, particularly if a participant is involved in a traditional art. In this replicability allows the knowledge of traditional Japanese Noh theater to be passed on over time. Replicability plays a much different role in this kind of specific example than it Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #6 – specific example – Japanese art methodology

Text: “Methods of Expression.” https://nomurakakejiku.com/lesson_lineup/methods-of-expression This website shows how different traditional Japanese painting materials and methods results in different kinds of works of art. The final paintings are to some extent a result of the methodologies chosen. However, the knowledge that the artist wishes to express (and the knowledge the Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #5 – specific example – Bohr model

Text: “Bohr model of a phosphorous atom.” https://topblogtenz.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/bohr-model-of-phosphorus-atom-min.png The image above is a visual representation of a phosphorous atom. This is a Bohr model but other models of the atom will present different information in different ways. This model does show the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons but some Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #4 – specific example – social media disinformation

Text: “Mapping the harm of COVID-19 misinformation on social media.” https://uwm.edu/news/mapping-the-harm-of-covid-19-misinformation-on-social-media/ Social media is, unfortunately, full of instances of “little knowledge” which make it a good topic for May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #4. There are a number of influence people on social media who have very little expertise Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #2 – specific example – Iroha (Japanese poem in translation)

Text: Iroha. Translation from Abe, Ryuichi (1999). The Weaving of Mantra: Kûkai and the Construction of Esoteric Buddhist Discourse. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-11286-6. Iroha is an older Japanese poem with deep connections to Japanese culture and religion. There are a number of different versions – the original cannot be read by the Read more…