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"If there is no consensus, there is no history." Relate this statement to problems of knowledge.

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Name: Jonathan Tam Class: 12A Theory of Knowledge "If there is no consensus, there is no history." Relate this statement to problems of knowledge. History can be defined as "a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes"1 If this is so, the explanation from different people will give a different interpretation of history, although all versions will be based on the same source. In order to have history agreed by the majority, it has to be proven with solid evidence. But history is something that has happened before, and what is left by time can only tell part of what has happened. It cannot fully tell what the whole story is. ...read more.

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What if the Americans and Japaneses are lying? This is not something that is impossible, because there are more and more scientists nowadays who are starting to challenge the reailty of the event. The pictures, as they suggested, are fake. All pictures which claimed to be the bomb dropped in Hiroshima has already been proven to be photos of an experimental bomb. Also, by scientific knowledge, a place which as been bombed will be highly radioactive. This means no one will be able to live on that piece of land for some 30 years. All these new evidence (or we so-called knowledge in terms of science) are starting to prove that there was no atomic explosion in Hiroshima. What will this imply? If what we believed is no longer true, all the following events will no longer be true. ...read more.

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The main problem of perception is how check which of our perceptions are true. This problem arises because, to us, only what is experienced is real. Therefore, our knowledge of objects comes not from mathematical or logical principles but from direct experience. In this case, the Chinese residents and Japanese soldiers had two totally different experiences. Does that imply that any one of the perceptions is wrong? We come up with one version of history because many other countries had the same perception as China and so the Japanese perception is rejected. This is why a consensus is necessary for history to exist. We live on a planet in which we have to share with 600 million (increasing every second) people. In order to have something convincing, we have to first reach a consensus. After this, it will be easier to let others believe, which thus leads to more believers, finally forms "History". 1 Definition from http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary ...read more.

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