May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example -mathematical beauty and the brain

Text: “”Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music.” https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2014/feb/mathematical-beauty-activates-same-brain-region-great-art-or-music Extract: “People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #6 specific example – GTA 6 satire article

Text: The Beaverton. “Shocking Grand Theft Auto VI leak reveals new game set in Regina.” https://www.thebeaverton.com/2022/09/shocking-grand-theft-auto-vi-leak-reveals-new-game-set-in-regina/ The satire website The Beaverton published the above article after the leak of gameplay videos from the yet unfinished GTA 6. The article isn’t really about GTA 6 but more about the city of Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #5 specific example – Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Text: “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs#/media/File:MaslowHierarchy.png This is a visual representation of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It is often drawn as a pyramid to show how needs on the bottom are more important and are the foundation of needs higher up on the pyramid. To what extent is the visual Read more…

May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #4 specific example – hijab protests in Iran

Text: “Iran protests: Women burn headscarves in anti-hijab protests.” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-62967381 Extract from the article: “Female protesters have been at the forefront of escalating protests in Iran and have been burning headscarves, after the death in custody of a woman detained for breaking hijab laws… Ms Amini was arrested in the Read more…

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 #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…