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TOK Presentation - The Placebo Effect

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Lina Bergstrom

on 21 February 2014

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Transcript of TOK Presentation - The Placebo Effect

The Placebo
Lina Bergstrom
Real-Life Situation
improved medical condition
after receiving non-medical treatment
Knowledge Issue
To what extent does sense perception and emotion affect our reasoning and knowledge?
Ways of Knowing
Ares of Knowledge
Sense perception, emotion, reason
Natural sciences, ethics
Sense Perception
Embodied recognition; experience; recovery
Natural Sciences
Unethical, patient consent
"bad medicine", transparency
Discussion Questions
- To what extent are doctors justified in misleading their patients by not telling them about their placebo treatment? Is that moral?
- To what extent is our reasoning justified by our previous sensory experiences and perceptions?
- Do knowers have a duty to examine their own perceptual filters?
- How does the media effect and perhaps distort our perception and reasoning?
Keogh, Daniel. & Harris, Luke, dir. “The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect.” 5 Feb. 2011. YouTube. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.

Barton, Adriana. The placebo effect: A new study underscores its remarkable power. 13 Jan.
2014. The Globe and Mail. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. <http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/the-placebo-effect-a-new-study-underscores-its-remarkable-power/article16281897/>

Keeley, Amie. The power of the placebo effect. 15 Feb. 2014. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.
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