November 2020 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay Prescribed Title #2 RLE – “Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music”

“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 Significant breakthroughs like this often require someone creative or ingenious to Read more…

November 2020 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay Prescribed Title #3 RLE – NYT article on Doritos

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. There are a number of scientists Read more…

November 2020 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay Prescribed Title #2 RLE – The Independent news article on the 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.” Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence showing the benefits of vaccinations, the Read more…

November 2020 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay Prescribed Title #6 RLE – 85 year old Japanese man found not guilty of murder in retrial.

“In a retrial held decades after his conviction, a court on Thursday acquitted an 85-year-old man of a 1985 murder in Kumamoto Prefecture. The Kumamoto District Court found Koki Miyata not guilty in the murder of his shogi partner Matao Okamura in Matsubase, Kumamoto Prefecture, more than 34 years ago.” Read more…

November 2020 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay Prescribed Title #4 RLE – officer arrested for making threats

BBC Article: “‘Make something up’ threat Lancashire Police officer suspended” “A police officer who threatened to “make something up” in order to arrest a man has been suspended from duty. A clip of the incident, which happened in Accrington, Lancashire, on Friday, had been widely shared on social media. In Read more…

November 2020 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay Prescribed Title #6 RLE – Japanese art protest

Article : “Masked artist makes sticky issue out of radiation in Japan” “Known as 281 Antinuke, Japan’s answer to Banksy has covered Tokyo streets in images depicting politicians as vampires and children being shielded from radioactive rain to highlight the consequences of a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant after Read more…