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November 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Mercedes Programs Its Self-Driving Cars To Not Worry About Ethics: “Be Careful If You See One Coming”

Mercedes designers aren’t losing any sleep about the famous Trolley Problem (see The Best Videos About The Famous “Trolley Problem”).

Here’s an excerpt from Fast Company’s article, Mercedes says its self-driving cars will kill pedestrians instead of drivers:


November 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video Useful For Theory Of Knowledge Classes: “Should You Trust Your Intuition?”

Intuition is one of the “Ways of Knowing” we teach in IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and a new video on it was released today.

It’s okay, though I don’t think it’s great. However, since we coincidentally began studying intuition yesterday and will be continuing tomorrow, I’ll probably start off the class by showing it and seeing how it goes:

November 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Student-Created Fallacy Videos


As part of our unit on Reason and Logic in my Theory of Knowledge classes, I, like every TOK teacher, takes a look at fallacies.

As part of that lesson, students pick or design a product and have to create a thirty-to-sixty second video commercial for it that uses at least four of the many fallacies we studied (I picked up this idea at an IB training long ago). They write a short script identify the four fallacies, as well. When the show the video to the entire class, viewers also have to identify the ones used in the commercial.

You can see many student-created videos on our class blog here (I messed-up while uploading some, you have to click on links to view a few instead of having them embedded in the post.

I’ve embedded one example below.

You might also be interested in The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More.

November 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Videos I Use When Teaching About Emotion In TOK

I’ve previously shared a great video I use when teaching about emotion in IB Theory of Knowledge class – see Video Illustrating The Roles Of Emotion & Reason: “President Obama’s Anger Translator.”

I also share this clip from “Broadcast News” when we discuss the James-Lange Theory that suggests emotions are physical in nature. In other words, changes in one’s body come before any emotional ones:

October 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Argument Clinic – Monty Python”

We’re studying reason and logic in my Theory of Knowledge class.

Here’s a good video demonstrating how it can be abused and not help us in our search for knowledge.

The first video is a shorter Vimeo version useful for schools that block YouTube.

The second link is to a YouTube version that is longer.

Argument Clinic – Monty Python – YouTube from Cumberland University on Vimeo.

Argument clinic video

October 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Students Show How Punctuation Can Save Lives

In my IB Theory of Knowledge classes, we’re studying how language can help – and hinder – our search for knowledge.

Here are a few examples students came up today when we were exploring the role of punctuation, using “Let’s eat Grandma” as example:






If you want to see more examples demonstrating the value of punctuation, visit:

Let’s eat Grandma! How Punctuation can Save a Life

16 Unfortunate Misuses of Punctuation

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