In the early 1830s, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was less than three years old, the Lord invited members of the Church to seek wisdom by study and by the exercise of faith:
“And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118).
This is more than a simple exhortation to learn about the gospel. It is an invitation from the Lord to recognize that not all sources of knowledge are equally reliable. Seeking “out of the best books” does not mean seeking only one set of opinions, but it does require us to distinguish between reliable sources and unreliable sources.
Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.
The Church places great emphasis on knowledge and on the importance of being well informed about Church history, doctrine, and practices. Ongoing historical research, revisions of the Church’s curriculum, and the use of new technologies allowing a more systematic and thorough study of scriptures have all been pursued by the Church to that end. We again encourage members to study the Gospel Topics essays cited in the links below as they “seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: May 2018
Here are links to ideas and suggestions relating to the the six May 2018 IB ToK Essay topics:
I briefly mention some points to consider for each topic below; however, the personalised service I offer is tailored to each student.
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Title 1: concerns whether interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge are confusing.
Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:
- what questions are distinctive of each academic discipline?
- what methods of enquiry are distinctive of each discipline?
- can different disciplines share common conceptual schemes?
Title 2: concerns whether more knowledge increases doubt and includes a Goethe quote.
Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:
- what is a paradox?
- to what extent is the growth of knowledge the growth of our conceptual schemes?
- is the ability to ask new questions simply increased ignorance or increased doubt?
Title 3: concerns whether knowledge requires an assumption of uniformity.
Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:
- what are the different kinds of uniformity?
- is the possession of a concept knowing a rule?
- do laws of nature exist in reality or only in our minds?
Title 4: concerns whether the suspension of disbelief is essential to knowledge.
Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:
- what is the relation between belief and imagination?
- is supposition a kind of imagination?
- how do we detect inconsistency in our belief systems?
Title 5: concerns the historical duration of disciplines of knowledge.
Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:
- how can knowledge have "quality"?
- how, if at all, do we measure the quantity of knowledge?
- how are new academic disciplines born?
Title 6: concerns whether robust knowledge requires both concensus and disagreement.
Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:
- isn't all knowledge robust? Isn't it belief that is not?
- does knowledge rely on opinion?
- what is the difference between rational and non-rational disagreement?