November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #5 specific example – hair brushing

Text: “Tear-free hair brushing? All you need is math.” Science Daily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220413203128.htm Extract: “In a new paper, published in the journal Soft Matter, Mahadevan and co-authors Thomas Plumb Reyes and Nicholas Charles, explore the mathematics of combing and explain why the brushing technique used by so many is the most effective method Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – CSI and DNA evidence in courtrooms

Text: “The ‘CSI Effect’: Does It Really Exist?” https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/csi-effect-does-it-really-exist Extract: “Many attorneys, judges, and journalists have claimed that watching television programs like CSI has caused jurors to wrongfully acquit guilty defendants when no scientific evidence has been presented. The mass media quickly picked up on these complaints. This so-called effect was promptly Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – gap between quantum physics and theory of gravity

Text: “Quantum information theory: Quantum complexity grows linearly for an exponentially long time.” Sciencedaily.com. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/03/220328150620.htm Summary from the website: “Physicists know about the huge chasm between quantum physics and the theory of gravity. However, in recent decades, theoretical physics has provided some plausible conjecture to bridge this gap and to Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #2 specific example – Twitter and misinformation about Ukraine.

Text: “Twitter steps up Ukraine misinformation fight.” BBC.com https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61512261 Extract: “Twitter has said it plans to put misleading tweets from official accounts about the Ukraine war behind warning notices. The change follows heightened scrutiny of the social media platform after the war unleashed a new surge of misinformation, sometimes from Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #4 specific example – race and medical treatment

Text: Kelly M. Hoffman, Sophie Trawalter, Jordan R. Axt, and M. Norman Oliver. “Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites.” https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1516047113 Extract: “The present work examines beliefs associated with racial bias in pain management, a critical health care domain Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #6 specific example – graffiti art and the Fukushima disaster

Text: “Japan’s Anti Nuclear Street Art” Espionart. https://espionart.com/2015/01/20/featured-artist-281-anti-nuke/ The graffiti artist 281 Anti Nuke starting posting artwork critical of the government and of TEPCO (the company responsible for the nuclear power plants) not long after the earthquake and subsequent disaster. One of the freedoms that an artist has is time. Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #5 specific example – Chinese government upset at translations

Text: Timothy McLaighlin. “The Volunteer Movement Enraging China.” The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2022/05/great-translation-movement-china-censorship-firewall/629914/ Extract: “An informal, online network is translating publicly available articles and social-media posts… stories [published in China] filled with vitriol toward Ukrainians, Russian-state disinformation, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories—accompanied by user comments cheering on Moscow’s violence.” The translations are perhaps one way Read more…