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    In TOK contexts, does the expression "search for knowledge" refer to "learning" (as we do at school when we try to memorise the names of rivers, capitals and mountains in Europe) or "scientific research" (as scientists do when they try to find out how we can prevent cancer)?

    Cf. essay topics 2, 7 and 10 on the list for the May 2011 session.

    (2) How important are the opinions of experts in the search for knowledge?
    (7) How can we recognise when we have made progress in the search for knowledge?
    (10) A model is a simplified representation of some aspect of the world. In what ways may models help or hinder the search for knowledge?

    In other words, if I want to write an essay on topic (2), should I be looking at a) whether scientists should consider the opinions of other scientists or b) to what extent we should listen to critics with PhDs in Music rather than to music itself if we want to understand what constitutes a good symphony? Likewise, in (10), are we looking at a) how models help us students understand the anatomy of a lung or b) how a model might help a researcher make new findings about respiratory system mechanics?

    I have the impression that looking at both possibilities could be bad for the essay because it would be difficult to cover them in depth within the prescribed word limit
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    I'd tend more towards the scientific research explanation - it can be analyzed and evaluated, TOK-wise, in greater depth than just the process of learning and memorizing... and the questions themselves could be approached in a better way using the scientific research rather than learning... having said this, in the topic (2) the phrasing of the question in my opinion tends more towards the learning explanation...
 
 
 
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