Political bias reflection

  • Do you consider yourself to be “political”? Why or why not?As I did the political bias test, I felt myself is less likely to be political. the result showed that I am in between left-wing and right-wing, which wasn’t common compared to my friends’ result. I tend to be libertarian, however, it’s still at the moderate level.
  • What does it mean to be political? I think being political as a person means having confidence in their idea for a certain topic.
  • Is everything political? Why or why not? I think everything is political in some way. It can be either direct or indirect. For instance, if there is a sneaker from Nike, it isn’t political. However, there is an argument between Nike and Adidas on who’s the best, that the sneaker can be a symbol for Nike.
  • How important do you feel it is to be aware of what is going on in politics?             I think it is important to have consciousness when learning politics. It is important to know what is going on in politics as it indirectly impacts our everyday life. However, politics are all about argument, and emotional people are likely to be involved in politics. Through different media, they communicate, which causes them to be a group. When I only have broad information and try to talk about it, it causes huge controversy among those groups. they are sensitive to the wrong arguments that it could be stressful.
  • What are the political issues that you believe are most important right now and why?                                                                                                                                            Obviously, I think the corona virus is the biggest political issue right now, as it involves not only massive physical harm but also indirect damages to people. It affects all the area such as the economy, science…and more.

TOK parent interview on the technologies they used to gain knowledge

학교에서 교과서로 공부했지

그외에 대학때는 논문들 찾고

고등학교때는 백과사전, 문제집, 참고서

인터넷이 없을때니

대학가서 인터넷이 생기기 시작했고

맥은 있어도 그 안에 뭐가 있어야지

시디롬같은거에 저장된 백과사전내용 이런거

전에는 시디를 사서

지금은 인터넷에 좌악 나오지만

아 그리고 신문


과학동아 이런거

신문은 매일 집에 왓고

다 보지는 않지만 헤드라인 보고 궁금한거 읽고


지식은 정보랑 달라서 여러사람이 검증한 걸

그래서 출판된 책이나 논문이 그나마

지금 유튜브 인스타는 개인의 의갼들일뿐

TOK debate reflection

In this debate, I stood for the ‘Ignorance is bliss’ side. Our first argument was that ignorance is bliss as it can help reduce people’s anxieties and negative emotions. for this argument, we’ve provided an economic example of Himanshu Mishra, Baba Shiv, and Dhananjay Nayakankuppam’s consumer behavior study; The vague information conceals the full picture and to justify their decision.  Then, from a historic perspective, we used Qin Xi Huang’s story of the elixir of immortality to support the argument. Then, We provided our second claim which Ignorance can lead to improvements in people’s mental well-being, especially in patients, causing bliss. This argument was supported by the placebo effect, including statistics. Further, We also used an example of Chinese philosophy “chongxi”, that Chinese families don’t tell their family members about their diagnosis with the fear that it may lead them to give up. Other than these examples, we included examples of Aaron Darrell, who grow up in brothels and developed post-traumatic stress, sexual trauma, and more disorders. 

The other team claimed that Ignorance caused genocide and the holocaust, that they listed an example of the US civil war. Then, they extended their claim that Innovation and knowledge are needed rather than ignorance. An example of 8 million cases of coronavirus in America was used, saying that if people weren’t ignorant, these cases would’ve been prevented. Innovation and Knowledge can stop these physical and mental suffering, although in some cases ignorance might be bliss.

I believe that my team won the debate, as we provided clear statements that were logical. We provided multiple examples to support these claims. However, the other team had a claim lacked logics and they did not provide enough examples to support their claim.

Are Some Ways of Knowing More Likely Than Others to Lead to Truth?

In Theory Of Knowledge, there are Ways of Knowing which are the 8 methods through which knowledge becomes apparent to us. It includes perception, reason, emotion, language, imagination, memory, faith, and intuition. They all have strengths and weaknesses, that they interact together to build a strong idea or concept. Some of these ways of knowing are likely to approach the concept of truth, in which the definition of truth refers to a knowledge that excludes lies, distortion, concealment, and errors. Truth is clearly different from facts,  as fact is a reality that remains firm for everyone, while the truth is what someone believes, that can differ by person, and is also might not be right. One way of knowing that leads to truth is emotion. Every people have their own faith, based on their cultural background. Faith is owned by themselves, which affects the knowledge of the one, that is not possible to distort it. One’s faith forms a certain belief. Belief is an internal reflection in which there is no distance between the observer and the object of observation because it is owned by himself/herself. It is possible for the one to take an attempt to deny their belief forcefully, however, the existence of an unconsciousness shows that it is not possible to deny a belief. For example, I realized that there is an arrow sign hidden in the logo of FedEx two days ago. When Ms. Yamatin told me that there is an arrow hidden, I’ve looked for it observed with my eye that it exists. At this moment, I have a belief that there is a hidden arrow in the FedEx logo. This knowledge will be kept as both memory and belief, that I can deny this truth in my memory by damaging it that I won’t remember it. This could be done automatically by our brain in some cases to protect ourselves from mental stress, however, our unconsciousness remembers that there is a hidden arrow in the logo. Therefore when I see the logo again, my eye will set a focus on the arrow unconsciously and will recognize it, that is still a truth for me. Another example would be a record from ancient Chinese, where ancient people in China believed that traveling in tunnels enabled them to escape the sight of evil spirits, which caused Qin Shi Huang from the Qin dynasty to build a Mausoleum in a shape of a tunnel, to avoid any evil spirits after his death. In this example, his belief of tunnel can avoid the evil spirits has been a truth for him and many people during the period, that this belief combined with his want to live forever and build a Mausoleum. It functions as evidence that Qin Shi Huang’s belief was a truth. Nonetheless, Auguste Comte claimed that we can lie to ourselves. in other words, belief does not lead to truth. A lie is when we hide the knowledge from someone, which fairly all of us do. Here, he claimed that when we consider ‘someone’ as ourselves, it is possible to lie to ourselves and distort it. However, this can only be done consciously, which we choose to be ignorant. Overall, since faith exists in unconsciousness, Belief is likely to lead to the truth.


TOK Pre-Assessment

My name is Brian Kim, I was born in Korea, and I moved to China when I was 7. This is my fourth year in ISB.

There are many concepts and theories that I know, however, I don’t believe that I know it for sure. these definitions are what we believe at this period, but the theories will be updated as time passes, that the concepts and theories that we believe in now won’t be the thing that we know for sure later on. For instance, Democritus believed that our body is formed with tiny ball-shaped particles, atom. Then, in 1897, J.J Thomson found that there are smaller particles called an electron inside the atom. It is once again updated in 1913 that there is a collection of particles called nucleus at the center of the atom, and is formed with numbers of protons and neutrons. People who lived in Democritus’s period might have thought that they were certain about the atom theory. However, there were concepts beyond yet weren’t discovered at the period. the conclusion is that nature has various features and we are just discovering them. therefore what I can say that I know for sure is a feature that is from nature. My easiest approach to that is time, where time is fair for everyone. “Time never waits for anyone” is a common quote we know. Doesn’t matter who the person is, time is absolute and anything living in the earth shares the same time. Such things like days and hours can change in their concepts, but still, the time itself runs equally.




“Democritus.” The History of the Atom, 2020, thehistoryoftheatom.weebly.com/democritus.html#:~:text=Democritus’s%20model%20stated%20that%20matter,a%20void%20(empty%20space).&text=His%20atomic%20model%20was%20solid,a%20void%20exists%20between%20them. Accessed 15 Sept. 2020.

“J.J. Thomson.” The History of the Atom, 2020, thehistoryoftheatom.weebly.com/jj-thomson.html. Accessed 15 Sept. 2020.

Reflect & Share

Blogpost #4: Reflect and Share

This is my final products and it’s new type of voltaic cell. it does produces some volts as I showed in previous blog post. I was successful in creating voltaic cell, like how I sliced graphite and aluminum, rub all of aluminum with sandpaper and mix salt water with ratio of 1 to 5. But, I had outside school events and I couldn’t manage my time wisely. I also thinks that I should’ve looked for teacher more actively. Graphite wasn’t really allowed to slice in the lab provided due to student’s safety toward  not really known materials, But nobody was supervising me or take me to some other facilities, so I decided to work on making bases, but even my bases wasn’t there either. I asked for laser cut because of my poor sawing skill, and i’ve sent my file twice, but my base was never here. This could’ve showed people new possibilities of eco-friendly energy.

Explain how it works/doesn’t work using scientific terminology Explain the areas you were successful in the product/process Explain the areas you need to improve in the product/process Explain the impact of this project on the environment and potential client/consumer.


Blog post #1 Define and inquiry

I’m believing that this engineering class is type of way to learn physics. The challenges were provided and choosing one of  challenge and doing engineering can let us learn physics more realistic and deeply.

I am thinking to use new type of Voltaic cell as a power for motors, such as rc car, boat, etc. The new type replaced material of copper and zinc as newly founded material graphite and aluminum/magnesium, and salt bridge isn’t needed. they are eco-friendly and no datas are founded yet that shows this method is harmful. In Korea, there is a project that made a car uses magnesium-air batteries(mg and graphite). it’s ability as a car is close as cars that use coal. there was also a car that use lithium ion batteries, but the magnesium air batteries could charge 5 times more energy in same amount of volume. the only cons are price, about the price of magnesium. the magnesium air batteries fuel has 3 times higher cost than gasoline. but as reusing technique of magnesium hydroxide develop, the cost would be cheaper.

image of voltaic cell with graphite and aluminum

image of magnesium- air batteries