Practice Presentation on Attraction

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in TOK

Option 1 – Science of Attraction Presentations – Due November 19th (sign-up to occur)

First recap of sense perception main points:

  • Our senses are useful in that we have little choice but to accept much of sense data as accurate and helpful. This is called “Common-sense Realism”

  • At the same time, perception is made up of two interconnected processes. The first is the stimulation of our sense receptors (aka data in) and the second is the cognitive interpretation of the sense data (aka analysis of the data). It is at the analysis stage that the illusions like we say today operate or where our culture, expectations, and biases can lead us astray.

  • Finally then, key is to understand that sense perception is not a passive process where we just take in information but an active process where we interpret and create meaning.

Science of Attraction Presentations

Image: A. Clark

Image: A. Clark

Task: to create and deliver a 5-10 minute presentation in groups of no more than 3 people that identifies and addresses a knowledge issue related to the science of attraction making sure to address the points outlined below.

1) First open the AOK maps to page 3 (page 2 can be reviewed as Natural Science connects with your topic). You will need to refer to these maps in your presentation.

If you choose attraction theory, the real life situation for your presentation is that scientists believe they are making headway regarding human attraction. Explore to what extent you agree with this claim by taking a specific aspect of attraction, identifying a central knowledge question, and analyzing it making specific reference to the most relevant AOK maps.

2) Read either – The Biology of Beauty or Beauty and Science

3) Then select one of the “Science of Attraction” videos to watch as a group. These are at the bottom of the channel list not the Daredevil Videos.

4) Begin to put together your Presentation – you will probably need to conduct some additional research beyond the opening reading and video.

  • Describe your real-life situation (the aspect of attraction you chose to explore). Identify the connections you see between your topic and the AOK maps.

  • State your central knowledge question.

  • Explain the connection between your real-life situation and your central knowledge question.

  • Identify any secondary knowledge issues. (This can occur as you move forward through the perspectives as well)

  • Describe at least 3 different perspectives impacted or involved in the research and/or findings. Be careful not to make generalized assumptions about a perspective or that the perspectives you explore are entirely distinct or without some overlap. Remember to analyze the perspectives asking questions such as:

    • Who holds a particular perspective and why are they involved?

    • Are there aspects of self-interest?

    • What assumptions have you made either based on your values, culture, perspective, etc.?

  • Identify your conclusions regarding your central knowledge issue and your secondary knowledge issues.

  • State how your conclusions are significant beyond your real-life situation. (Implications of your conclusions)

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