May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #1 specific example – science news article on a moon of Jupiter

Text: Nikk Ogasa “Io may have an underworld magma ocean or a hot metal heart” Science News. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/io-magma-ocean-hot-metal-core-jupiter This news article uses words like “may” and “maybe.” This choice in language indicates the lack of certainty in the results which the article explores. The inability so far to conduct different 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 #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 #1 – specific example – gender and mice in research

Text: “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 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #4 specific example – article on problematic DNA test used in murder case

Text: “DNA test jailed innocent man for murder.” BBC news. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-19412819 Extract from the article: “David Butler has every right to be cynical about the use of DNA evidence by the police. He spent eight months in prison, on remand, facing murder charges after his DNA was allegedly found on Read more…