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Progress Equals Change

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Progress Equals Change "Does knowledge lead to progress in human thought?" One may come up with various perceptions of this relatively simple question. Consider my explanation as one of many solutions to a problem. For this solution, allow progress to be defined as "change," the movement from point A to point B. May knowledge be understood to be any information that is somehow acquired by one of the five senses that human beings possess. We will also define "human thought" to be many sequences of information processing. Thus, adding knowledge is the same as adding more information to the sequences of the human thought, hence changing these sequences. As we have classified progress to mean "change," we must come to the conclusion that knowledge indeed leads to some kind of progress in human thought. As history has demonstrated, humans rebel against change, such as with the case of the Impressionists. ...read more.


Many argue that progress must be a change for the better. With this, the modern "computer age" is considered an era of progression, while the Taliban rule in Afghanistan is not. However, everyone's perception of "better" is different, and this makes it impossible to tell whether progress has truly taken place. For instance, I may believe that cleaning my room will make it a less comfortable place to live in, while my mother firmly insists that a clean room is a happy room. When I clean my room, a change has clearly taken place, as the appearance of the room is different. However, using the argument that progress must be a change for the better, did progress take place in my room? I perceive that the appearance of the room has taken a turn for the worse while my mother rejoices. Thus, according to me, progress did not take place, while my mother thinks the opposite. ...read more.


Others may say that if you believe yourself to have achieved perfection in an area, you will stop exploring that area, and thus, your progress in that area will stop. For example, if I earn 100% on my next T.O.K. essay, then I am likely to assume that I have no need for improvement. This thought is what will stop me from working harder to improve and gain more knowledge about T.O.K., and if I do not gain more knowledge, no progress in my thought process can take place. On the other hand, if I do not spend my time pondering over TOK, I will spend that time perfecting another skill, which will create progress in my knowledge in another field of study. The various debates over this matter result primarily from the fact that people's definitions of progress differ as widely as their personalities and beliefs. Although there are many counter-arguments to this, by defining progress to mean a simple word "change" allows one to conclude that most knowledge does lead to some kind of progress in human thought. Juliya Iosfin Block F ...read more.

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