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Sunday, September 14, 2014
ToK Prescribed Essay TItles (May2015): Question 1
There is no such thing as a neutral question. Evaluate this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.
Where do babies come from?
Remember asking this question to your parents? Do you remember how they
reacted or what they said? Were you
satisfied with the response? Do you remember if you asked a follow up
question? There’s something about asking
questions that drives people crazy, especially curious little children who just
seem to want to ask questions for the sake of it without really appearing to be
interested in the answer. Sometimes questioning can be just playful; a form of
mental gymnastics to keep the mind supple and flexible – you’re not really
interested in gaining any knowledge but just enjoy the ‘trip’. At other times, questions can be dangerous, a
form of intellectual probing which reaches into areas which may be classified
as ‘Top Secret’ or ‘For your Eyes Only’ – you’re poking your nose into
forbidden knowledge and ought to be aware of the risk.