TOK Elevator Play

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TOK Elevator Play by Mind Map: TOK Elevator Play

1. Takes a holistic approach and focuses on inner emotions and mental condition, the belief that inner peace can achieve success (In other words, being selfless, altruistic and not focusing on materialistic wants and hedonism

1.1. Lives a humble, quaint life ignoring temptations and focuses on making the most out of life,

2. Characters

2.1. Drake

2.1.1. Acts as comedic relief, satirical questions and responses

2.1.1.1. Egotistical and braggadocios but has the right to do so considering his grind up to the top of the industry, focuses on materialistic and seeks pleasure

2.1.2. Christian and relies on belief and intuition just as much / more than empirical evidence

2.2. Dalai Lama

2.3. Newton

2.3.1. A reclusive and tortured genius, a Christian that has been lead down madness and losing sanity due to his insanely robust life

2.3.1.1. Extremely influential and well-respected among scientists, much like Drake but paved the way for scientific research and studies

2.3.2. Also Christian, however unlike Drake he was also a pioneer and very radical in his findings, to the point where others would question his devotion to his religion

3. Plot

3.1. Elevator breaks, Drake calls the emergency number and they have to wait for 10 minutes

3.1.1. All of them find things to talk about to kill time, Drake asks how's the weather which is satire since there's no windows in the elevator to see outside

3.1.1.1. Newton responds that we cannot deduce the weather since there is no way for us to see through the window, Drake says he knows the weather since he saw it outside in the morning but Newton refutes that the data from earlier cannot be extrapolated to reflect the current state

3.1.1.1.1. Dalai Lama tries to convince them to find inner peace and make the most out of the current situation, avoid unnecessary conflict

3.1.1.1.2. Theme of skepticism

3.1.1.1.3. Theme of justification

3.1.1.1.4. Theme of certainty

3.1.1.1.5. Theme of memory

3.1.2. Elevator music plays, one of Drake's songs, all of them comment on their own takes: Drake finds his song to be enjoyable, the Dalai Lama has no strong opinion but respects the others, Newton dislikes it as pop rap is seen to be peculiar and unconventional for Newton

3.1.2.1. Drake likes his own song obviously because he had to polish and take time into releasing quality tracks, focuses on atmosphere of the song rather than the different parts synergizing

3.1.2.2. Dalai Lama takes no position

3.1.2.3. Newton would dislike it since he would complain about the rhythm, beat choice, wordplay, etc.

3.1.3. Timeskip 1 hour, Newton proposes that he should fix the elevator himself by taking chances and cutting some ropes, but the others try to convince him that they will die and the risk is too great

3.1.3.1. Newton would try to justify his decision for the purpose of education, but Drake and the Dalai Lama refutes how there's nothing to be found out about if they all die (question the lack of evidence and intensive testing of the theory)

3.1.3.2. Theme of skepticism

3.1.3.3. Theme of justification

3.1.3.4. Explores the implications of pursuing knowledge via experimentation and gathering evidence

3.1.4. Ad for church, Drake and Newton agrees, Dalai Lama disagrees but respects their choices

3.1.4.1. Dalai Lama asks them if they believe in reincarnation, they all do but through different ways

3.1.4.1.1. Newton asks how can we prove that God is real, none of us can be we all have faith and we play Pascal's wager

3.1.4.1.2. Theme of justification

3.1.4.1.3. Theme of belief

3.1.4.1.4. Newton questions Dalai Lama's justification for reincarnation. Dalai Lama explains his evidence-based logic for his rebirth (memory of past-life events and experiences).

3.2. Props

3.2.1. Phone to play elevator music

3.2.2. Expensive things to flaunt to look like Drake, "celebrity status"

3.2.3. Orange or red-colored shirt to represent Dalai Lama

3.2.4. Wig to represent Newton(?)

4. Areas of knowledge

4.1. Certainty

4.1.1. Certainty's role in the play helps create valid judgements and justifications, reasons behind a thought or an action

4.1.2. Drake would have less certainty in his answers since he's usually known for "riding a wave", going with the trending style to justify his means, while Newton cares much more about certainty since skepticism is necessary when researching the sciences

4.1.3. The Dalai Lama does not care about certainty as much as the other two characters but still finds it significant at times

4.2. Justification

4.2.1. In the weather example, Drake's justifications is based on his previous outlooks and experiences while Newton looks more at the present than the past

4.2.2. The Dalai Lama does not exhibit as much justification as his religion and personality does not require him to do so all the time

4.3. Belief

4.3.1. The Dalai Lama's beliefs are much more liberal as there is close to no conflict with other religions, hence why he is able to respect other's judgements even though he might not necessarily agree with them

4.3.2. Drake and Newton exhibit more conservative values in their religions, and many of their thoughts and actions are inherited from their beliefs

4.3.2.1. Drake's beliefs are based on his popstar reputation while Newton's is based on his religion and scientific research

4.4. Perspective

4.4.1. All three character's perspectives on religion and beliefs are similar to each other, they all play the safe wager to save themselves trouble

4.4.2. Newton's perspective on music is the polar opposite of Drake since Newton is used to life in a more conservative society while Drake lives in a more progressive time

4.4.3. Furthermore, Drake lives a very spoiled and lavish lifestyle hence why he is so egotistical and explains his outlook on life

4.5. Skepticism

4.5.1. Skepticism in the play is ironic since Newton refutes Drake's analysis but is not willing to take criticism for his own reasoning on the song in the elevator

4.5.2. Therefore, skepticism is only effective in moderation and when used properly, if there is bias going into skepticism it will ultimately become a harm than a benefit

4.5.3. The purpose of skepticism is to acquire valid information with a sense of certainty and credibility, not to inflate one's ego

5. Knowledge questions, TBA

5.1. LDGQ1

5.2. LDGQ2

5.3. LDGQ3