November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – Vikings in North America

Text: Bruce Bower. Science News.”Vikings lived in North America by at least the year 1021.” https://www.sciencenews.org/article/vikings-north-america-date-newfoundland Extract: “Vikings inhabited North America exactly 1,000 years ago, a new study finds. Counting tree rings reveals that wooden objects previously found at an archaeological site on Newfoundland’s northern peninsula were made from trees Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – a podcast on whether or not scientific progress is slowing

Text: “Is scientific progress slowing? with James Evans (Ep. 88).” Big Brains. https://news.uchicago.edu/scientific-progress-slowing-james-evans Extract from the show notes: “There are far more scientists in today’s world, and they’re publishing research papers at a much faster pace. However, all of this growth hasn’t translated to more scientific progress. As University of Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #1 specific example – news article on language in history textbooks

Text: “Publishers revise textbook phrases about ‘forced’ Korean laborers.” Asashi Shimbun. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14585864 There have been a number of ongoing issues between Japan and Korea over Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea and how those issues are addressed in textbooks. In Japan textbooks for school use must be approved by the central Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #4 specific example – article on predicting natural disasters

Text: Amanda Maxwell. “Tsunamis, Hurricanes, Eruptions: Predicting a Natural Disaster.” NOW. Extract from the article: “Meteorology for natural events isn’t an exact science. Despite advances in technology, no one can tell with complete accuracy when a volcano will erupt, or how powerful a hurricane will be on landfall. However, observation Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #2 specific example – flat earthers

Text: Live Science. “Are flat-earthers being serious?” https://www.livescience.com/24310-flat-earth-belief.html Extract: “a fringe society founded in the 1950s, dedicated to insisting that the Earth is flat, has given rise to a modern ground of flat Earth adherents. These believers claim that the Earth is a flat disc, and that evidence that it is round Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #1 specific example – protests in Russia over Russian invasion of Ukraine

Text: “Protests across Russia see thousands detained.” BBC news. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60640204 Extract from the text: “More than 4,300 people were detained at anti-war protests across Russia on Sunday, rights groups and Russian authorities say. Some 1,700 people were detained in Moscow alone, Ria news agency reports, citing the interior ministry. The Read more…

May 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – research on microbes and pain

Text: “Can a dangerous microbe offer a new way to silence pain?” Science Daily. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/success-fail-why-outliers-people-communities-nudges Extract: “A new study shows that a toxin from the microbe that causes anthrax can silence multiple types of pain in mice. Researchers found the toxin targets pain-sensing cells to alter signaling and block pain. Read more…