This TOK Sampler explores different aspects of The Arts as an area of knowledge.
Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, confronts us with the question of to what extent our theories of cosmology are testable.
UC Berkeley political scientist Mark Bevir describes why a deeper understanding of politics flows from appreciating the difference between laws in the natural and human sciences.
Northeastern University psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett on how harnessing theory of knowledge can deepen one’s understanding of emotions.
We are in a situation where virtually everyone has heard about “The Two Cultures”, but most of us are actually wrong about its meaning.
From Galileo to Kepler, Newton to Einstein, the most successful natural scientists in history have all tended to buck the established wisdom of their day as they boldly led us towards profoundly deeper levels of understanding about the world around us.
Developing Understanding relates a series of expert insights on the nature of knowledge and techniques for attaining it.
Extending Experience emphasizes the vital role our past experiences play in shaping our current understanding.
Testing Theories investigates ten different perspectives associated with the process of gaining knowledge by testing our theories.
Encountering Assumptions highlights the numerous biases and assumptions that are regularly encountered during the search for knowledge.
Personal Perspectives offers candid glimpses of the motivations, passions and frustrations of a variety of researchers at the front lines of knowledge.
Making Models examines various aspects of how models are constructed and applied across different disciplines in the arts and sciences.
Communicating Concepts focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with the communication of knowledge.
Particle physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed engagingly explores some popular misconceptions of what the “scientific method” is all about.
Renowned memory scientist Elizabeth Loftus describes her groundbreaking research on the malleability of memory.
Award-winning violinmaker and acoustician Joseph Curtin conducts a series of experiments to probe whether or not “the mystery of Stradivari” actually exists.