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Podcasts, videos and articles relevant to IB ToK essays and presentations.

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AoK: History WoK: Language

The problem of sorting fake news from true and reliable information is nothing new. TOK is therefore as important as ever.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/fake-news-history-long-violent-214535
Bogus news has been around a lot longer than real news. And it’s left a lot of destruction behind.
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WoK: Language AoK: Science

The theory that new born infants have innate knowledge of a universal grammar is being challenged.
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/evidence-rebuts-chomsky-s-theory-of-language-learning/
Much of Noam Chomsky’s revolution in linguistics—including its account of the way we learn languages—is being overturned
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AoK: Ethics WoK: Emotion and Reason

Article on the ethics of meat production.
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https://aeon.co/essays/what-makes-a-better-world-lab-grown-meat-or-humane-farming 
Which world would be better: one in which all meat is grown in a lab or one which still contains humanely farmed animals?
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AOK Art & Science

Arguing that in artistic matters, the subjective judgement of the art connoisseur is equal, and often superior, to the objective claims of of the analytical scientist.

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http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/feb/16/vincent-van-gogh-science-art
The scientific ‘discovery’ that Van Gogh’s art changed after his 1888 breakdown proves a forensic approach is no match for the subjective eye of an art lover
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AOK Arts & Ethics: Article

How changing social and political perspectives also change our opinion of art.

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http://frieze.com/issue/article/falling-idols/
The statue of a hero is vulnerable to time's vicissitudes for reasons that have very little to do with its achievement as a work of art: the symbolic core deep in the stone or metal radiates energy from the subjects featured – their deeds and history – not from the statue's beauty as a sculpture ...
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AOK Ethics: Article

Revised entry on moral knowledge in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Knowledge.

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http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/moral-epistemology/
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AoK: History WoK: Language

The problem of sorting fake news from true and reliable information is nothing new. TOK is therefore as important as ever.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/fake-news-history-long-violent-214535
Bogus news has been around a lot longer than real news. And it’s left a lot of destruction behind.
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WoK: Language AoK: Arts

On Cartesian scepticism about the external world, in the work of science fiction writer Philip K Dick.
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https://literaryreview.co.uk/paranoid-android
Across dozens of novels and well over a hundred short stories, Philip K Dick worried away at one theme above all others: the world is not as it seems. He worked through every imaginable scenario: consensus reality was variously a set of implanted memories, a drug-induced hallucination, a time slip, a covert military simulation...
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WoKs: Perception and Reason

Example of the difference between recognition and deduction in medical diagnosis. Relevant to title 1 of the new November 2016 titles.

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http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2016/03/worried-about-juvenile-spring-eruption-start-consulting-mumsnet
Posts reporting medical consultations showed I was far from the only doctor never to have encountered JSE. But someone was eventually diagnosed on every thread.
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List of IB ToK Essay Topics and Titles for Nov 2016 with points to consider
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AoKs History & Social Science: WoK Language: Article

On a way of studying history and anthropology that sees cultures not as fixed entities, but as having a past and a future.

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http://bostonreview.net/books-ideas/sidney-mintz-in-memoriam
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WOK: Perception: Article

Interesting article on the much neglected sense of touch.

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http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/touch/
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