There isn’t exactly a right or wrong answer in terms of what constructed areas of knowledge are more reliable than other constructed areas of knowledge. There are only open-ended answers. Some may think that art, geography, history, or other knowledge areas are more reliable than others. But I personally think that mathematics and sciences are the most reliable areas of knowledge. There is a reason why we say, “This is scientifically proven,” or “This is mathematically proven,” it is because starting from our ancestor’s math and science were used to make calculations and predictions. Every step of math and science is backed up and supported with uncountable other steps. People don’t say “This is artistically proven” or “dramatically proven” because they are not more reliable areas of knowledge than science and math. In addition, 1+1=2 or 2×2=4 is proven. No other answers because it is mathematically proven. All math is direct proof. Oxygen + Hydrogen= Hydrogen Peroxide. It is scientifically proven. Furthermore, lots of other constructed areas of knowledge are based upon mathematics and science. And to base other areas of knowledge on math and science, math and science have to be reliable. For example, coding, engineering, and even physics are based upon mathematics. If mathematics is not reliable, then coding, engineering, and physics also would not be reliable. Areas of knowledge such as art are based upon imagination and personal perspectives. That’s why all arts are in different forms, and there is no right or wrong answer to an artwork. If there is no direct answer to artwork, then art is not reliable.
1. Do you consider yourself to be “political”? Why or why not?
I do consider myself being “political”, in other words almost every person in this society should be considered as being “political”. Nowadays, there are different countries and a variety of policies and forms of government in every part of the world; There are democracy, monarchy, republican, etc. Every form of government depend on countries to countries, such as the United States, the form of government is a democracy, it is the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. People living in the United States are all living in a political system, they follow the policies and believe in their forms of government. I live in China, and China is a monarchy system, I am always following the country’s system. Therefore, I will consider myself being as “political”. Considering the results of my political compass, I am more likely to be on the purple side (libertarian right), showing that I am more towards being democratic like Canada and America. As a result, showing that I am a “political” person.
2. What does it mean to be political?
Political is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of resources or status. The academic study of politics is referred to as political science. It is also more likely to be the forms of government in different countries and the policies.
3. Is everything political? Why or why not?
Yes, everything is political. Looking at nowadays society, there is a status between levels, there are the richer ones and the poor ones. Even if people are almost on the same level, there will still be distributions and different smaller differences in the person himself physically or intentionally. Looking at the objects in this world, choosing between similar objects, there are still level differences between objects, most people will choose the better one.
4. How important do you feel it is to be aware of what is going on in politics?
The purpose of our major is to deepen knowledge and understanding of one of the most powerful forces operating on people, communities, and corporations today, namely government and politics in the USA and around the world. This knowledge and understanding are valuable for all citizens.
5. What are the political issues that you believe are most important right now and why?
1. During the first semester, we considered knowledge questions related to “Knowledge and the Knower” and “Knowledge and Technology.” Looking back, what learning engagements stand out to you the most and why?
I think the technology group performance stood out most for me in this unit. My group’s chosen question was:’Do social networks reinforce our existing perspective rather than boosting our engagement with diverse perspectives?’ throughout this experiment, my groupmates and I worked collaboratively on making the answer to this question as a humorous performance. From this activity, I have figured and understood the deeper understandings of technology and its impact on this society. Creating a script and performance with my groupmates helped me know our research question clearly and have a fun time.
2. In what ways, if any, has your perspective shifted due to your participation in this course so far?
My perspective has changed throughout my participation in TOK. Over these few months in TOK, we have studied and discovered pieces of knowledge and theories that I have never really had a chance to get in touch with. I did not think many exciting questions have always been discussed or debated in class, such as, ‘is ignorance bliss？’. As time passed, I have learned more about the deeper meaning of knowledge, and they have all changed my perspectives towards this society and understanding of theories in a better and more profound way. Also, many of the topics we learned has influenced me, such as knowledge and technology; it has affected me on how technology could bring entertainments in our lives but also bring negative influences; looking at the performance of my group and other group’s, I had a more subjective way in technology but not like before being objective towards this topic.
3. Looking ahead to the exhibition requirement, what do you want to keep in mind?
Looking ahead to the exhibition requirements, I want to keep in mind to choose questions that could work for the whole group because sometimes I will select the questions that interest me the most. Still, when we have to use this question for a group exhibition, it could not be a question that fits. Therefore, when I try to find a problem, I have to consider the whole group and share it with my groupmates.
4. Thinking back on the writing you have done so far in the course, what can you do to continue to hone your skills?
I should look at the comments and the common mistakes I will always show in my writing. I should continually be reviewing the writings that I performed well on. It is essential to check errors and comments so I can improve when I write another paper. Reviewing the ones that I performed well can help me remember the techniques and usage of language I used to recognize to perform and the good ones. For example, the first blog post that I wrote was about ‘what you know for sure, and how you know it’, for this blog post, I have accidentally written about the wrong situation, which is using my examples. However, the comments that I have received actually identify this question and then answer straight forward, so when I read this comment, I can avoid making the same mistakes again for the next one.
What tools did they use when they were going to school to learn and/or to produce knowledge?
Back then they did not have the technology we have now, they had to look through thick textbooks to learn. There was no internet and calculators, they had to remember everything from the textbook.
What were their experiences in school like, and how do they compare with your own?
Due to not being in the same society and time, we had completely different experiences. If we live far from school, we have school busses or cars that can take us to school in a shortly. However, my parents had to wake up early because they had to transportation like us. They had to take public transportations and walk a long distance, it’s the same for going home after school. They also didn’t have computers or the internet when learning, they had to look through textbooks in all classes. They even had to look through textbooks for calculations in math, because there were no calculators
The con side of the debate is claiming that ignorance is not bliss; by supporting this claim, speakers inside the group gathered evidence and information to support this idea. He begins the debate, speaker one started by saying that he strongly believes in the statement that “Ignorance is not bliss.” He defines “ignorance” as the state of not knowing something, and the term “bliss” perfect happiness and great joy. Although ignorance might seem to be the impression of “bliss,” this process’s experience is none reality. The right way of enjoying bliss is by experiencing a situation. Speaker one has also brought up real-life examples, such as economic issues. If a person spends most of his money in a short period, it will cause a long-term effect on the person’s life because he spends all of his money, which is supposed to help him survive the rest of his life. Therefore, ignorance of economics can reflect that ignorance is not bliss.
The con side won the debate. When the con side brings out their evidence of knowing why ignorance is not bliss, they are well prepared and practical examples. For example, speaker 2 considers the famous asteroid example, a hypothetical situation where Earth is destined for destruction. Although some argue that ignorance is bliss by not knowing the asteroid’s impending impact, you won’t be as devastated if you did see the truth. But this argument is fundamentally flawed. Not learning about the asteroid does not achieve bliss; it is merely a state of unknowing. Speaker 2 showed specific details of the example and giving it a clear conclusion and explanation inside. However, it is true that the pro speaker two also showed an example of a TV show based on exchanging kids from rural places with kids from big cities. But her points were vague, and she did not have a concluding sentence on why ignorance is bliss. Therefore, this is one of the reasons or examples of why the con side won.
I think the con side has won the debate. Overall of the discussion, the con side has been very prepared on their examples and what the information’s being provided is evident towards the claim. Whereas the pro side, they have a specific claim and few examples, but it is not persuasive comparing to the con side.
There are eight ways of knowing: language, sense of perception, emotion, reason, imagination, intuition, memory, and faith, which can all lead to an understanding of knowledge and truth. From my perspective, I believe that reason is a way of knowing that is more likely to lead to truth. Reason allows people to rely on knowledge without needing senses; when we take the experience that has already been built inside our mind to then synthesis new knowledge from that place. Reason can also allow people to know or infer what will happen without the experience of themselves. For example, if a person is inside a restaurant having dinner, and when he looks outside of the room, he sees some people standing Infront of the gate waiting for something to end. Some of them are buying umbrellas in the convenience store next to him. By having these reasons, he can reasonably deduce that it is raining outside, and the people that are buying umbrellas are for sheltering from the rain, and the people standing Infront of the gate are waiting till the rains end so that they can leave. This example shows that the man is obtaining new knowledge through the assimilation of other pieces of knowledge. Therefore, reason is more likely to lead to truth. Some people indeed say that reason could not lead to the fact that it is not a hundred percent determinant that a person’s previous knowledge is correct, and the reasons are reliable. However, reason is a way of knowing that it is more likely to lead to the truth. All of the people’s knowledge is based on what they have sensed before; reasons are how people develop their previous knowledge experience. Therefore, the reasons that they already have is usually accurate. For instance, if a person reads a book about the taste of candies and tells us that the candies are most likely sweet. The book was written by an author who must have eaten candy before to say that the candy is sweet, and when the man ate a cady after reading the book, it is sweet. Therefore, reason helped the man to find the truth about if candy is sweet. In conclusion, knowing that is more likely to lead to the fact because all of the people’s knowledge is based on what they have sensed before; reasons are how people develop their experience from their previous knowledge. Therefore, the reasons that they already have is usually accurate.
- What questions do you want to ask of the text?
After reading a few chapters of this book, it has come to be a question about the result for the two protagonists, Dimple and Rishi—di they follow their hearts to finish their careers rather than listen to their parents instead.
- How does the text connect to you on a personal level? How does it relate to your life?
In this book, there is a huge similarity between Richi and me. I am a person that really loves art, but my parents are not willing me to go towards the field of art; they think it is hard to make money. However, they think I should focus more on economics and business since they both work in similar business management jobs. In the story “When Dimple Met Rishi,” Rishi’s parents want him to go to MIT to have a successive career, which has led him to abandon his passion for drawing comics.
- What prediction can you make about the rest of the novel?
I think it is because Dimple met Rishi, so they have helped each other along the way, and both reach the career they wanted to do.
- What has the novel made you realize, either about the text or yourself?
Right now, I am not sure what is going to be the ending of this story, but I know that having a dream or an ideality is very important to your life.
I know many factors are beneficial, but a factor I know for sure is doing charity would help others. Based on my personal experience, I am currently in our school’s club called ESEE; ESEE is a club where students at ISB teach kids from Chinese public elementary school English. I joined ESEE ever since I entered high school, then started to teach kids throughout the past few years. Before each lesson, I am required to prepare an exciting while diverse lesson plan to make my lesson fun and educational. Every lesson I teach, they get another chance to learn a variety of English skills. For example, in the last classes, before COVID-19 hit, I had a unit on animal farm names. To make the lesson enjoyable, I showed my students an educational video about farm animals; it teaches the basic names of different farm animals and phonics by singing a song. This is one example of improving Chinese public elementary school students’ English skills. Moving on, recently, ESEE has been collaborating with a charity company for setting up a fundraiser. We would work together by setting a fundraiser goal and encourage our community members to donate. For example, we will arrange a fundraiser during our club meeting and let our members each contribute some money at will. At the end of this event, we will donate all of the money to those in need. As a result, I know that doing charity events, such as raising money for people in need, would benefit their life.
This design is mostly pointing to a percentage of Asian families that does not give the right for their children to do their interests and letting them go to different classes in multiple times.
Throughout this design, the first thing that the audience will be seeing mainly will be the girl that was sitting in the middle of the stage or the two giant hands that connected to the chair. The girl in the middle is representing the child; she was made out of cardboard paper. First, I drew the girl on the cardboard. Next, I cut down the girl; then I stacked her on to the chair that she was sitting on. The two hands that were stacked on to the back of the stage is representing the mother and father of this family, they are both holding the string that was connected to the chair, which for this part I drew the two hands on the newspaper, because the whole stage of this stage is in a brown color, so the newspaper is more likely to be shown on the stage. After finished the cutting, I stacked the two hands on the top of the back of the scene; then it can be reflecting clearly. For the overall of the stage I used the dark brown to paint the ground, black for the background, and gold for the curtain that depicted on the backstage. To be clear to show the understanding of this scene I used a black marker to write words that are symbolizing about the situation of this family.
The overall of my design was successful, the stage was created as what I am expecting, and the meaning of this stage was displayed clearly. Next time I would like to have my design to get more materials on it and make it look prettier.
What is this engineering task?
Creating a toy that should be very useful for everyone, and by showing the energy transfer on this toy.
What are you thinking about doing?
Creating a toy by using two neodymium magnets, copper coil, and two strong ferromagnets, to generate light by putting a bulb in the middle of this project. This is a toy that is using the Magnetoelectricity to create energy and form light energy.
Embed images and links of ideas you like/don’t want?
Analyze those ideas: what are the pros/cons about those ideas?
- The project can be moving by itself
- This is a good toy for kids
- it can save energy
Model your idea – sketch using multiple perspectives: label measurements, materials, fasteners/adhesives & techniques needed for construction
1.two neodymium magnets
3.two strong ferromagnets
4.one or more bulbs
Make a plan for time and check/bring materials
- Start the first part of this project (stick the two CDs by using three wooden sticks, and immobilize the rubber band between the two CDs)
- Get the materials to organize
- Start to test the project
- If the first trial doesn’t work, then try to find out the problem
- Do another one to see if it works
- finish the second one
- Test the second project
- Take videos and take picture
- Do blog posts
Take at least 2 pictures every class of your prototypes Shows testing (through video)
Reflect on how the process is going
- The process was doing fine, but there was still some mistakes and problems during the engineering part. I did two of the projects, which is two versions of it, the first one was immobilized by three wooden sticks, and the second one was immobilized by two cardboards. As I tested all of the trials, I noticed that the smaller version is faster and more fluent than the bigger version.
Gather feedback from others
- It is not stable
- it doesn’t work very often
- the rubberband will always break
Show improvements to your design
- I found a more durable rubber band, and it worked better than before
- Added more hot glue to make it more sturdy
Show your final product through photos and/or video
Explain how it works/doesn’t work using scientific terminology Explain the areas you were
- It works by spinning the rubberband and create potential energy.
- It is not working very well is because the rubber band is too thin.
successful in the product/process
Overall of this project is okay, it had shown the potential energy clearly, and also it ran fast and efficiently to move. By this project, the process had taught me how potential energy can make a thing make progress.