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TOK paper

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8. 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? The TOK diagram provides a vast Area of Knowledge, such as: mathematics, natural sciences, human sciences, history, the arts and ethics and narrows down to four main Ways of Knowing, also known as: emotion, reason, perception and language. These four characteristics all have a very important role in the completion of the diagram; that is why from my point of view, they all are of great importance in knowing how to do something. "An expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of knowledge, technique, or skill whose judgment is accorded authority and status by the public or their peers. The expert differs from the specialist in that a specialist has to be able to solve a problem and an expert has to know its solution"1. Most experts to progress as: athletes, dancers, musicians, visual artists, cabinet makers, lab technicians, mechanics, surgeons, need to be able to use most of the criteria of the Ways of Knowing, and not just one aspect in particular. ...read more.

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During a tennis match body language is used very much, and if a player is showing a negative aspect of this, it will help his opponent see when and what is making this certain athlete tired. Reason and emotion are both considered being a mental strength that in that in any sport is seen as being very important. Emotion is a quality, that in any sport or profession is probably thought to be less important, but from my point of view, this should not be considered to be true. Emotions have a very important role also in the example of the tennis player. When playing a match, if the athlete is able control his/her emotions, this meaning to not show his/ her anger or sadness, than they are able to take control over the match. This because not showing the negative emotions to the opponents, means that they are able to filter, and provide less information, that might help whomever they are playing against. In everything we do, from a musician to a surgeon, the four Ways of Knowing are used to make a person grow to be the best in what they want to be. ...read more.

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Language is and has been the only source of communication used since the creation of life on earth. When looking at the title of the essay: "Does this mean that other Ways of Knowing play a more important role than language in knowing how to do something", one might say that in many cases this can be considered as to be true. There are some experts that do not need to use language to be great in what they do. On the other hand there are also experts like singers, dancers, comedians, that without the use of this particular area of Knowledge would not be able exceed in their profession. In today's society, due to the vast quantities of professions people practice, it is difficult to establish all the knowledge's that they have acquired in words, this does no mean that there are more important ways of knowing than others, but simply signifies that different jobs, professions, hobbies all have a different way of portraying knowledge, that are all equally important. If there actually were other Ways of Knowing more important than language in knowing how to do something, than I probably would not be here writing this essay, because there would be a more significant area in the diagram of TOK, that would help me expose my thoughts, ideas and criticisms. ...read more.

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