Climate Reality Project

I believe that propaganda has a huge affect on people and can highly deceive someone and affect their life. For example scientists would discover something and try their best to inform the world of the dangers of the product for example tobacco. When researches first found out that tobacco was harmful for people, global warming, animals, and a highly addictive drug they tried their best to inform the world about the dangerous, but tobacco companies would try their best to argue the fact with a very deceiving lie which is completely believable and called propaganda.  People are easily tricked and deceived from companies to buy a certain product or even harm their lives through many different techniques. It took many years for people to actually become aware that tobacco is harmful to not only themselves, but for the whole world. It was extremely interesting to me how the tobacco companies argued against the scientist by telling everyone that the studies are officially finished therefore the data is not reliable and incorrect, this surprisingly convinced a huge population.

I believe that propaganda has a huge affect on people and can highly deceive someone and affect their life. For example scientists would discover something and try their best to inform the world of the dangers of the product for example tobacco. When researches first found out that tobacco was harmful for people, global warming, animals, and a highly addictive drug they tried their best to inform the world about the dangerous, but tobacco companies would try their best to argue the fact with a very deceiving lie which is completely believable and called propaganda.  People are easily tricked and deceived from companies to buy a certain product or even harm their lives through many different techniques. It took many years for people to actually become aware that tobacco is harmful to not only themselves, but for the whole world. It was extremely interesting to me how the tobacco companies argued against the scientist by telling everyone that the studies are officially finished therefore the data is not reliable and incorrect, this surprisingly convinced a huge population.

Harrison the Uncertainly of Knowledge

“The creative mind fashions the world in which we live”

I found this article extremely interesting and agreed with almost everything the author was pointing out. Throughout my sixteen years of living I noticed how new beliefs come out in the media constantly whether its beauty tips, cures for diseases, or better health choices. I also noticed how many times the beliefs change or are altered as time goes by, beliefs are sometimes proven incorrect then later in time proven correct again which is extremely bizarre and something I never understood. Until, I read this article by Harrison and realized that people are always craving knowledge and once they gain it they look for ways to alter it so they can gain it once again. Therefore I agree that “the creative mind fashions the worlds in which we live” because they are the minds that are always coming up with other things to explore and other theories to investigate and  from there that becomes the focus  of what other people focus and spend their time learning about and investigating.

TOK Linking Questions

How do you know what to believe when there is so much propaganda?

Throughout America people of all ages are being exposed to varieties of propaganda multiple times throughout a single day. Due to the large amount of exposure of propaganda it is almost impossible to believe in something when you’re constantly being lied to. I personally feel that the only way to truly decide or believe something is to conduct a trail yourself and observe the results of the outcome. This way one can truly see the truth about the belief and see firsthand the variations.

How can we trust what scientist claim, if the science itself is baffling?

Many times in science experiences and outcomes are completely baffling and mind bobbling, but that is what science is, it is almost magical and extremely difficult to believe, but this is something one just needs to have trust in and notice that if the evidence states a conclusion and conducted numerous amounts of time with the same outcome then it must be true.

How can we trust any claim which may be instigated by special interest groups or social parties?

I feel that one should not truly trust claims which are instigated by a special interest group or social party, because in some way you would be deceived into believing the same thing the believers believe. The special interest group or social parties goal is to convert the observer to believe their beliefs by either only sharing half of the truth or lying to the observer.

Liar Liar Cheat Cheat

  1. Which cards did your group find easiest to place? Which did you find most difficult?

Our group found the hardest ones and the most lenient ones easiest to place just because it was the most obvious decisions. For example the card saying lying in vain was the worst decision so it was clearly the easiest choice and our group didn’t have to argue or dispute on the choice. The most difficult ones were the ones that were very similar in badness because it was hard to decide which decisions was worse.

  1. How similar or different was your order from that of other groups? Were there any surprises?

We were actually extremely similar to the other groups. We all had the same worst lie and we all had the same most lean ant lie this was extremely interesting to me because we all thought very similarly and thought the same way without even knowing.

  1. Were there cases where you’d need more information about the context before placing it?

There were many cases that needed more information; about half of them needed more information because they were so broad for example not placing ugly pictures of yourself at a weeding to me was not a lie at all they just don’t want to look disgusting at their weeding which is the one day they are supposed to stand out and look their best. In order to decide where to place things my group and I decided to look at things to the most extreme extent.

  1. How many of these forms of deception have you engaged in – be honest?

I  have engaged or have done something similar to almost every single one of  these deceptions except for the most extreme ones, but I have engaged in at least 15 of the cards.

  1. How widespread do you think deception is in the population at large?

I think that deception is done in the population multiply times every single day. It is extremely widespread because most of the deceptions really don’t seem like lies and are sort of separated from lies ,but actually in reality a blunt lie that causes people to believe false information.

  1. How do you define a “lie” – which of these cards would you classify as “not a lie” and why?

I would define a lie as deceiving someone to believe false information, so to me all of the cards were lies, but I felt that sometimes it’s okay to lie depending on the extent of the lie.

7. Under what circumstances, if any, is it acceptable to mislead or deceive other people? Should we tell the truth at any cost, or are other things, such as happiness, more important?

I feel like its okay to deceive people when it’s little white lies for example the weeding pictures card because it really doesn’t do any harm to anyone. It is also not okay when someone’s whole life is based on lies and the person is a conical liar.