What makes a good explanation in TOK?

If we want to know the answer to any question beginning ‘Why?’ we often look for an explanation. From explaining why an event in history took place, to an explanation in science about why it is dark at night, we try to make sense of things by using an explanation.

If we consider the concept of an explanation, you might compare explanations in different areas of knowledge (say history, science, human science, or religious knowledge systems). You could analyse these minutephysics clips as examples of explanations:

Why is it dark at night:

For other minutephysics clips:

This clip could be used to explore sense perception as a source of knowledge, considering the question ‘What is Touch?’ 


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