This TOK Sampler explores different aspects of The Arts as an area of knowledge.
UC San Diego linguist Carol Padden describes how Bill Stokoe’s pioneering work on ASL helped shed vital light on the nature of all languages.
Princeton University cosmologist Paul Steinhardt describes how many physicists stubbornly refuse to abandon a theory of the universe he helped develop.
University of Toronto philosopher James Robert Brown demonstrates how pictures can enable us to intuit certain mathematical truths.
UNC Chapel Hill social psychologist Barbara Fredrickson describes how positive emotions help us to better understand and adapt to the world around us.
University of Cambridge political scientist John Dunn’s insights on the role of etymology in his research.
University of Oxford historian John Elliott on the key role of imagination when historians examine historical records since they are usually written from only one perspective.
Psychologist Diana Deutsch, UC San Diego, and her investigations into how we experience sound and music.
Princeton University historian of science Michael Gordin on falsification and science vs. pseudoscience.
A decade later, a friend of mine mentioned in passing that, given my interests in education, I should check out the IB’s Diploma Programme.
Education is one of those curious topics that manages to display unparalleled consensus and divergence simultaneously.