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"All of the other Ways of Knowing are controlled by language." What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language?

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"All of the other Ways of Knowing are controlled by language." What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language? The statement "all of the other ways of knowing are controlled by language" means that the ways in which an individual obtains knowledge are controlled by the use of language. The verb "controlled' in this statement implies restrictions, for that only language allows us to "know" that something is "true". Language is defined by sets of symbols which enable us to communicate complex ideas. It can influence our thoughts and behaviour in ways we do not even realize, since "words are more powerful and dangerous than we think"1. The relationship between knowledge and language, as well as their manipulation, is illustrated in the novel 19842. As the story goes, the party or "big brother" is able to obtain full control over society by implementing restrictions on language and developing a method called "newspeak" or "doublespeak". The omnipotent party would also alter history in ways that they saw fit. This is why most of society, under the strict totalitarian rule of the government, had no base for their knowledge and opinions, because without history people cannot tell factual knowledge from that which is fraudulent. ...read more.

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One of the most famous war campaigns in America during Word War I "I want you (to join the army)"4 significantly demonstrates this. By using the personal pronoun, the person that reads the word feel the sense of unity, "want" gives out a strong sense of need and the "you" gives out the sense of individuality. These 3 little words can conjure emotions in young males. Thus language and emotion are very closely linked. What is this "we want you" campaign, when was it used and why is it only conjuring emotions in 'young males'? Arguably, the poster display of the army recruitment campaign invented a character of Uncle Sam pointing towards the viewer as a figure head, thus, putting on more control of the young male's emotion through their perception of the poster. Both superpowers of the 19th Century, Britain and American used this to recruit their army and were very successful at it. Perception is another way to claim our knowledge through the process of recording and or becoming conscious of the external world. However perception is dependent on our ability to empirically obtain knowledge. For example, dogs are known for their wide range of hearing compared to humans. ...read more.

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However, others may argue that our reasoning in this issue is linked to our personal perception of the movie, which is linked to our emotions and beliefs. For all of the reasons stated above, I believe that ideas and thoughts are limitlessly capable of contributing to our knowledge under any circumstances, but are inexpressible without language. We can think without language, although there would be no term for it and we may not be able to organise our thoughts and share them with others. I believe that all the ways of knowing, whether though language, perception, emotion and reason are intertwined. Language can influence our perception of things and influence our emotions, but does not necessarily dominate and affect our reasoning. Due to the implications involved in obtaining knowledge using only language and the limitations and ambiguous nature of language, it would be unwise to claim that all the ways of knowing are controlled by language. There is no way to separate the different ways of knowing and claim that one is controlled by the other. All of the ways of knowing work together, helping establish our knowledge and make it plausible. Word Count 1182 1 Sartre 1905-1980 2 Nineteen Eighty Four , George Orwell, Signet Classic 3 http://www.gnxp.com/MT2/archives/000623.html 4 http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/britintr.html 5 Watch dog http://defiant.theatre.en.infoax.org/en/watchdog ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Arisara K. 12J ...read more.

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