November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #5 RLE – alleged fake industrial test results

Article: “Mitsubishi Electric used special program to spin fake data” “Mitsubishi Electric Corp. fashioned a computer program to churn out fictitious data used in place of actual tests on air conditioning units it supplied to railway companies apparently for more than three decades.” http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14385139http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14385139 The alleged issues with the tests Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #4 RLE – Miami building collapse

BBC article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57710766 Engineering requires “a systematic process” to ensure that buildings are built to code and are safe. Subsequent safety inspections also rely on “a systematic process” although it is different process than the one used during building design and construction. The Miami building collapse shows the failure of Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE – the placebo effect

“Conventional medical wisdom has long held that placebo effects depend on patients’ belief they are getting pharmacologically active medication. A paper published in the journal Pain is the first to demonstrate that patients who knowingly took a placebo in conjunction with traditional treatment for lower back pain saw more improvement than those Read more…