TOK Presentation Essay

Submitted By mr97302
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My interpretation of this question refers most specifically to the areas of knowledge. This does not limit it, however, it is also about considering the various interpretations taken into account of ‘passive observation’ and/or ‘active experiment. How does prior information affect our way of producing knowledge? Are there other forms of learning besides ‘passive observation’ or ‘active experiment’? I will be mostly using the WOK’s to link my knowledge questions. Intuition and Reason would also make very interesting ideas that would really open up an exploration of definition of ‘active experiment and passive observation.’ More often than not, experiments require both experimentation and observation in order to find a solution to the problem. There is an obvious relationship between both, but divergent, or creative thinking may be more on the experimental side while convergent thinking is more observational.
Scientists have recently investigated Darwin’s theory of evolution for quite a while and believe that his theory of slow change, although many claim is wrong because of the Cambrian explosion where everything changes quickly which doesn’t fit with Darwin’s theory, can be explained through oxygen levels during that time which was caused by a tectonic shift. This article will be my influence for my more recent life observation which relates to participant vs. nonparticipant observation in my AOK, human sciences. Based on the observations, we can assume that there is no other way of producing knowledge besides the both which were stated in the question. In order to study the science aspect, observation and experimentation are really the only two that go hand in hand in order to make a new discovery. My perspective could vary depending on whether my position in society could be higher than mine, for example a philosopher, clearly someone who is more experienced at in depth thinking and has taken more time to think this question thoroughly. A possible counter arguments would be that there is no definite amount of ways humankind can produce knowledge, as in there could be thousands of possibilities, but nobody has discovered them yet. Since nobody has discovered the exact amount of ways to produce knowledge, then we as humans should only be focusing on the ones that we know for sure, but still look for other possibilities. Information pertaining to the concept of reactions within the human sciences. I could investigate the nature of phenomenon observed and measured. My research which could be drawn from Rosenthal’s Maze rats, or Hawthorne Effect.
The title is asking is stating that there are two ways in which humankind acquires knowledge, through passive observation or through active experimentation. The second part asks to what extend do you agree, which translates to how far you are in agreement with the question. My argument is going to be discussing whether experimentation and observation can be the only ways knowledge can be acquired and to what extent. I will be using WOK’s by focusing first about specific AOK’s. The KQ here would be whether non-participant observation is a form of ‘passive observation’ and vice versa. Examples of these I would include are perception, emotion, reason, and language. How does prior information affect our way of producing knowledge? Are there other forms of learning besides ‘passive observation’ or ‘active experiment’? My knowledge questions will attempt to answer the question of whether there are other forms of acquiring knowledge besides the two listed above. This will be accomplished using reason and perception. I will use the human sciences to go with reason and intuition in order to bring in a different perspective into my essay. My main argument that experiments require both experimentation and observation in order to find a solution to the problem. There is a correlation to both, but what other factors can be considered for learning new information. My real life situation…