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…

May 2021 TOK essay Prescribed Title #5 RLE – tree and fungi species sharing resources

Text: “Mycorrhizal Networks.” UBC Botanical Garden. “[Fungal networks] have recently been discovered by Professor Suzanne Simard and her graduate students to connect the roots of trees and facilitate the sharing of resources in Douglas-fir forests of interior British Columbia, thereby bolstering their resilience against disturbance or stress and facilitating the Read more…

May 2021 TOK Prescribed title #5 RLE – NYT article on Doritos

Article : “The nacho Dorito” https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/10/01/dining/nacho-graphic.html The New York Times article explains how consumers are manipulated by the design of Doritos. Specifically, multiple elements of the chips are created to be physically and psychologically appealing which increases consumption. Naturally, consumption of junk food is not good for one’s health. An Read more…

May 2021 TOK essay Prescribed Title #5 RLE – homosexuality behavior in the animal kingdom

Article: “Homosexual Activity Among Animals Stirs Debate.” https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2004/07/homosexual-animals-debate/ There is a large body of scientific research discussed in this National Geographic article about homosexuality behavior among animals. While this animal behavior is well-documented in the scientific community, some people interpret it in different ways. Supporters of LGBT rights may use the Read more…

May 2021 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #5 RLE – Huawei and IT security

Text extract from: Martin, Alexander. “GCHQ discovered ‘nationally significant’ vulnerability in Huawei equipment.” Sky News. “Cyber security analysts tasked with investigating Huawei equipment used in the UK’s telecommunications networks discovered a “nationally significant” vulnerability last year. Investigators at the UK’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) found an issue so severe that Read more…

May 2021 TOK essay Prescribed Title #5 RLE – mathematical beauty and art

“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 to beauty.” https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2014/feb/mathematical-beauty-activates-same-brain-region-great-art-or-music An essay on May 2021 TOK essay Prescribed Title #5 must Read more…