TOK Sampler Human Sciences explores different aspects of the Human Sciences as an area of knowledge.
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.
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.