November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE – identical twins with a life-threatening illness

“A couple from Kingston adopted the twin girls from Vietnam when they were 18 months old. Both have Alagille syndrome, a disorder that affects internal organs. The girls’ father, Michael, was a genetic match — but he could only donate part of his liver to one of his then-three-year-old daughters. Doctors decided which of the twins would receive Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #4 RLE – Archaeologists use lasers to find ruins

Article: Lasers reveal Maya war ruins “ARCHAEOLOGISTS GUIDED BY laser images of a remote region of northern Guatemala have discovered 20-foot-high walls, watchtowers, and other evidence that ancient Maya societies waged large-scale warfare over many years. The finds have upended long-established impressions of a civilization that tamed the jungle and built Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE – anti-vaccination movement.

Article: Doctor blames Andrew Wakefield and anti-vaxxers for her baby son catching measles “A doctor has said public reaction to Andrew Wakefield’s discredited study linking the MMR vaccine to autism was to blame when her baby son caught measles.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/doctor-blames-andrew-wakefield-son-catching-measles-vaccine-mmr-autism-anti-vaxxers-measles-a7813001.html This case shows potential problems with “direct experience” and how Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE – gender and scientific research

Article: “A Scientist’s Gender Biases Mouse Research” “Duhaime-Ross reports on a new study, which found that mice are scared of men. When a male researcher works with a mouse, the mouse’s body courses with stress hormones. This doesn’t happen when a woman scientist is doing the work. The difference in how mice respond to male Read more…

November 2021 TOK Prescribed title #1 RLE – border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.

Headline: Djibouti asks UN help to end border dispute with Eritrea “UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Djibouti is asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help peacefully resolve a border dispute with Eritrea following the recent end to that nation’s 20-year border dispute with Ethiopia. “ https://apnews.com/cd6cf3024ba24afe9baa58852397d5ab This conflict over a border clearly Read more…

May 2021 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #5 RLE – anti-vaccination movement

Article: Doctor blames Andrew Wakefield and anti-vaxxers for her baby son catching measles “A doctor has said public reaction to Andrew Wakefield’s discredited study linking the MMR vaccine to autism was to blame when her baby son caught measles.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/doctor-blames-andrew-wakefield-son-catching-measles-vaccine-mmr-autism-anti-vaxxers-measles-a7813001.html Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence showing the benefits of vaccinations, Read more…