Passive Observation In Tok Research

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TOK Essay Candidate name: Mario Sakač “There are only two ways in which humankind can produce knowledge: through passive observation or through active experiment.” To what extent do you agree with this statement? Knowledge can be produced according to the claim only in two ways: through passive observation or through active experiment. This claim may be true only for some cases, but not for all. Passive observation could refer to many things. In this title, the passive observation may refer to producing in a passive or in a non active way. This means generally that the rate of the production of knowledge is slow, passive or “sleepy”, which means that we must wait longer, in order to produce knowledge. In contrast, producing knowledge with the active experiment would mean that the knowledge is constantly produced actively,…show more content…
Since the experiment and the observation are largely used in sciences, I will use natural sciences as an area of knowledge. To see if the observation and experiments are applicable in other sciences too, I will be using mathematics as the second area of knowledge. Since the experiment and the observation are both usually used in science, I expect that we use less other ways of producing knowledge in sciences and more of them in other areas of knowledge. Natural science as an area of knowledge can produce knowledge from both the observation and the experiment. Natural science is based on the experiment: it tests whether the action, which is carried out during the experiment, obeys the hypothesis. As in the example before, we saw that the whole concept of the electromagnetism was based on the passive observation of H.C Oersted and the active experiment. But in order to produce knowledge, a scientist has to do more than just observing how something behaves during when he does the

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