Tag Archives: Science

Perceiving Reality and Evolution

Donald D Hoffman a professor of cognitive science argues that the premise that those organisms that can sense the world as it really is are inherently more likely to endure is false. Contrarily he argues that those organisms that adapt to sense only … Continue reading

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Skepticism vs Open-mindedness

  The IB learner profile promotes the idea of open-mindedness; it presents it as a virtue. I have always wondered that, in some ways  the nemesis of this ‘virtue’ is skepticism. Perhaps its better to imagine open-mindedness and skepticism being … Continue reading

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Should we have a more utilitarian approach to medical research?

This incredible article sites some examples of “unethical” practice in the realm of medical research. Some seem to have no due regard for the individual human rights of the unknowing “guinea pigs”. To what extent do the ends justify the … Continue reading

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Beware Neuro-flapdoodle!

Jann Ingmire has written an interesting article for The University of Chicago News. In it she reflects on recent research which seems to suggest that those who are more sensitive to issues around justice or inequality are more likely to … Continue reading

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What scientific idea is ready for retirement?

One of this year’s TOK essay titles was “That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow.” Consider knowledge issues raised by this statement in two areas of knowledge.” I have just discovered a post that may have supported … Continue reading

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Nature AND nurture! The rise of epigenetics

Does epigenetics open up the whole ‘nature vs nurture’ debate? This article is a very clear (yet detailed) explanation of the compelling evidence that life experiences can actually change our genes and therefore affect the inheritance of traits and dispositions.  Two scientists … Continue reading

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Why is the replication and corroboration of Scientific research getting harder?

George Johnson has written a very engaging essay in the New York Times this week. It is highly pertinent for any TOK student pondering Science as an area of knowledge or the process of knowledge production itself. In it Johnson … Continue reading

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