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Knowledge that is difficult to describe in words. Does this mean that other Ways of Knowing play a more important role than language in knowing how to do something?

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Candidate Name: Nele- Maria Palipea Candidate Number: 001408- 023 Theory of Knowledge Some experts (athletes, dancers, musicians, visual artists, cabinet makers, lab technicians, mechanics, surgeons, etc.) may have acquired knowledge that is difficult to describe in words. Does this mean that other Ways of Knowing play a more important role than language in knowing how to do something? Word Count: 1689 This essay discusses the effectiveness of language in teaching how to do something. Therefore, it assesses its capability of transmitting knowledge, and asks whether this knowledge can so be considered as truth. In this essay, it's answered through a comparison with other ways of knowing, namely experience, instinct, practice, and perception. This type of juxtaposition reveals the weaknesses of language, such as authority that it relies on. The flaw here is that truthfulness of the authority has to be proved and proof is acquired through other ways of knowing. Moreover, experience is necessary to understand the information language passes as it provides us the ability to relate. These suggest that language is reliant on other ways of knowing and lessen its importance. Additionally, language is ambiguous and this factor distorts truth when transmitted between people. These weaknesses reduce its reliability and importance as a way of knowing. Experience is very important in understanding information. ...read more.

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I have talent but I'm not faultless in drawing, either. This suggests that learning through language is limited with or without talent. Therefore, knowledge passed to Marii in literature is limited, too. Can one know for certain if knowledge in language is limited? I don't know. For example, I constantly practice drawing in the style of Japanese Manga. I think that I'll never reach the rank of Kazuki Takahashi and other prestigious artists of Japanese art culture but I'm getting better day by day. This suggests that with practice I might one day have learned enough to master Japanese Manga. I don't have the authority to say that I am getting better, though. Furthermore, the style divides into many sub- styles much like Estonian language has many dialects2. How much practice is necessary to master this huge quantity of knowledge to say that one knows truth? This also suggests that despite being Estonian, I can't speak my own language as I can't speak all the dialects. What are the boundaries of a section of knowledge? Can Marii and our literature teachers ever practice enough to acquire knowledge through language? A different way of looking at the dependence of language on other ways of knowing has risen from the latter. Language takes the very important role of passing knowledge between people and uses other ways of knowing as indicators of its validity. ...read more.

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On the other hand, the person can give permission for such experiments. I saw Channel 4's Anatomy for Beginners3 where a person had given permission to demonstrate human anatomy on him when he dies, live. In the same way, a person could sacrifice oneself for an experiment with electric fences. The person would be alive, though, and is anyone prepared to kill himself when it possibly involves pain? I don't have authority to answer that. However, even in this complex situation, language was the communicator of knowledge between people. In conclusion, the essay has developed the idea that despite having flaws, language is not less important because other ways of knowing face the same sort of problems. It suggests that perhaps it's even more important as it takes the role of passing information between people and ensures that knowledge doesn't get lost. In reality, language uses other ways of knowing so that the person receiving the information can make sure that it's correct. It's a cycle in which information received through language forms a hypothesis that the receiver acquires proof for, passing it forward when found evidence of it being true. However, questions left unanswered arise all the same indicating that truth is hard to reach. 1 Margit Tonson; Eia Uus "Kuu k´┐Żlm kuma"; 16 November 2005 [http://www.ekspress.ee/viewdoc/B640EE2961DF545FC22570AE004AD378] 2 Urmas Sutrop; Estonian Language; n.d; [http://www.einst.ee/publications/language/kaart/kaart2.html] 3 Channel 4; 2005; Live and Uncut: Anatomy For Beginners [DVD]; UK; Firefly Entertainment. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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