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Practice TOK Essay

Title: "The possession of knowledge carries an ethical responsibility." Evaluate this claim with regards to the human sciences and one other area of knowledge.
Ever since the advent of philosophy in Ancient Greece, the power and meaning of knowledge has been questioned. For Plato, there was an inherent ethical responsibility withing knowledge, where you had to "lead others out of the cave" of ignorance through conversation and discussion. His teacher, Socrates, was constantly questioning the widely held knowledge in Athens, arguing that the responsibility behind knowledge was to question it. However, as time passed and philosophy became a deeper field not dictated just by ancient Greeks, the ethical responsibility behind knowledge has become murkier waters which has confused people for generations.
Before the advent of modern society, most of the worlds knowledge was based around religious knowledge systems. Four of the world five major religions - Hinduism, Buddh…

My Core Memories

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Hard vs. Soft Sciences: an uneducated 16 year old's perspective

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Lately, I have been incredibly conflicted. I have to admit sadly, that I used to be and still am to some extent, one of the people who scoffs at soft science. I would always cheer and agree vehemently as hard scientists would point out the "flaws" in a soft scientists research, whether that was incorrect statistical analysis, bad sampling, or just improper scientific actions. As an aspiring mathematician (or hard scientist of any sort really), the idea that soft sciences could even compete on the level of hard scientists was laughable. However, this semester, I took sociology, notorious for being the most "un-pure" science because not only does it deal with psychology and humans, it deals with groups of them. To be completely honest, I didn't take the class out of some malicious need to prove my point of view right, I took it because I wanted to take a class with my sister. Oddly enough though, it turns out when you take a class, you actually learn some things …

Why Do We Even, Like, Grade Anything??

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Plato's Cave

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Philosophy is not my strong suit. I am not one for unanswerable questions. I rather would have a math problem that can be fixed and solved and I'm done. When I wrote the essay over Plato's "The Cave", these ideas were running through my mind and this close-mindedness led to one of the worst essays I have ever written. Period.


Culture, Heritage, Food, and Me

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I would like to start this party off by saying I am a half-hearted American/Slovak/Brit/whatever else my cultural heritage turns out to be. I have never really engaged in any of my cultures, unless reading Politico and complaining about the current political crisis can count as engaging as an American citizen. I know my grandpa on my mother's side is Slovakian but knowing that and engaging in your culture are two very different things. I also know that my father's side had ties to Britain, but I don't really know how. I've lived my whole life in the very American bubble of knowing your culture and your heritage but never truly engaging in it, so when I was told that our midterm was to engage in a culture I had never learned about, I was worried to say the least. I had no idea what to do because in my mind, I have no culture or heritage, I just am Generic White Person™. However, when I got home and told my mom what we were doing and how frustrated I was about not knowi…

Emotions and High Voltage

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Invisiblia opened their third season with a two-part episode about emotions, and in an hour and thirty minutes, completely refutes everything that you think you know about emotions. The podcast starts with a harrowing story about a lawsuit that redefined emotions place in the legal system, but did so in a way that did not acknowledge the truth of what emotions really are. On June 8, 2004, Amanda Thornberry and her husband Michael were driving to Columbia, Missouri with their four year old daughter Makayla and their newborn baby, Hannah. On the same day, on the opposite side of the freeway, Tommy Jarrett, a trucker, was driving a shipment out west. When it started to lightly rain, Michael lost control of their green Grand Prix, skidded across the median into the other lane where Tommy was driving. The crash was inevitable. Micheal, Hannah, and Amanda all survived with few injuries, but Makalya did not, and like any loss of a child, this car crash haunted Amanda and her husband. Howeve…