November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE –article on traditional Okinawan tattoos

Text: Noah Oskow “Hajichi: the Banned Traditional Tattoos of Okinawa”Unseen Japan. https://unseenjapan.com/hajichi-the-banned-traditional-tattoos-of-okinawa/ Excerpt from the above article: “I actually learned about hajichi before I began my work in body art,” the Okinawa native told Unseen Japan in a recent interview. “It was around 2012, and I was working as an occupational therapist Read more…

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 #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 essay Prescribed Title #2 – Key words and phrases

2. “Knowledge gained through direct experience is powerful but problematic.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?  “knowledge gained through direct experience” – The phrase “direct experience” could be interpreted in lot of different ways.  Is individual work more “direct” than group work?  How does the use of technology make Read more…