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To what extent do symbolic representations such as language, statistics, maps and photographs give us an accurate representation of the way things are?

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  • Submitted: 26/01/2004
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AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks

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Raman Chawla

IB Theory of Knowledge

Ms. Roy

12, November 2003

Ways of Knowing

To what extent do symbolic representations such as language, statistics, maps and photographs give us an accurate representation of the way things are?

The symbolic representations such as language, statistics, maps and photographs provides us a method of providing a large amount of data or information, which can be understood universally since most of the symbols have been standardize. The data allows us to quickly compare and analyze the information as needed. Furthermore, with these representations we use them to learn and comprehend the way things were in past and currently. But how sure are we that the ideas we believe are right, compared to those who don't agree? How much faith can, symbolic representation have based on accuracy? The answer to these questions can never be answered because everybody thinks differently. But the things we discover by understanding the surroundings may have a widespread of agreement in some way? For example, knowing how to take a picture, regardless of the nationality or religion you belong to, pictures tend to capture our thoughts and feelings and

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