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Which sources of knowledge- books, web sites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other- do you consider most trustworthy, and why?

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Prescribed essay Topic 10: Which sources of knowledge- books, web sites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other- do you consider most trustworthy, and why? All human beings acquire knowledge, in one way or another. Some of these ways are trustworthier than other, based on their accuracy, preciseness, coherency, and facts...for example. Not every person gets the same knowledge from the same information that is given to other person. Each of us has our own way of acquiring and assimilating information, which sometimes may coincide with other people's or not, depending on how we understand it. I am going to explain which sources of knowledge are those that I prefer, although each of those has not only got positive aspects, but also negative. No matter how accurate a source could be, there would be some negative aspect related to it. On of the sources that I think is one of the trustworthiest is one's experience. ...read more.

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Each person, depending on their background, education...have different views of these issues, and even within the people of the same culture, you are not always able to explain what you experienced or felt. For example, if a driver has a car accident, and gets ATRAPADO in the car, after having crushed and DAR VUELTAS DE CAMPANA, until someone goes to rescue him/her. This experience he/she felt, has not been felt by everyone, and it might be very hard to explain what it was like to be in the car, waiting for someone to come to rescue him/her, hear someone's voice after a while alone in that situation and how seeing light again was such a magnificent thing, when we not even think about that. We would try to sympathize with that person and to think what he/she went through, but we could never feel or experience what the driver did. ...read more.

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There are also some negative aspects to reason. For example, it can lead to misunderstanding and wrong conclusions, which cannot be proved to be right, as there is no physical evidence and everything is created by reason and logic. Reason can be very trustworthy for me, but what I call trustworthy for myself, cannot be as reliable for me as for some other person, who prefers more actual facts and trust in "seeing is believing". Experience, senses and reason are very abstract ideas, but I think that they can be trustworthy for each of us, although not for other people. As these three depend on every individual and what environment they are set in, it can differ from one to another. I accept this, but also believe that my ideas are as acceptable as these others. From my point of view, experience, senses and reason are as trustworthy as any other source of knowledge, but I rely more easily on these three. ...read more.

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