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"Without a knowledge of the past, we would have no knowledge at all." Evaluate this assertion with reference to history and the following Areas of Knowledge: Mathematics Natural Sciences

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TOK "Without a knowledge of the past, we would have no knowledge at all." Evaluate this assertion with reference to history and the following Areas of Knowledge: * Mathematics * Natural Sciences Knowledge of the past can be argued to be knowledge itself, deducted logically by the fact that knowledge is simply a sum of ideas and experiences, and can only be useful at present if remembered, and memory is a form of history, as is information written in books in the past. A knowledge of the past can be interpreted as the reasoning of history, or history and old knowledge taken literally. The first interpretation requires the use of logical thinking and balanced sources of every side of the story in question, and the use of logic in this regard can only be reliable by a cult person of neither side, someone who thinks purely for the right answer, as do the thinkers of mathematics and the natural sciences. ...read more.

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History may be concluded to state that it aids the present day, if we believe that history does not repeat itself, which is proved to be true to a certain extent, where people do not make the same mistakes twice if not for patriotic reasons or an excess of hormone activity or a mal-informed population or person. Knowledge is how people get around every day and get a job to make a living, using knowledge collected and accumulated in past days and centuries of mankind's history. Logically, then, Knowledge is essentially history itself and vice-versa. If history is misinterpreted and disregarded, then knowledge has to be thought of again, and there is a repetition of ideas thought before, which is a waste of time and thought, which is when errors re-occur. This is what we consider when we assume that history does repeat itself, but we fail to take notice that the repeated error offenders do not have an accurate view of past happenings, as not every part of knowledge is passed on and to everyone. ...read more.

Conclusion

I believe that the assertion that: "Without a knowledge of the past, we would have no knowledge at all" is a valid observation to the definition of knowledge, as through my eyes and through my investigation, there are no sides that disprove the assertion, as long as history, mathematics and Natural Sciences are known to the knowers investigated. It is essential for us to understand history to have knowledge, as it is directly derived from history. The information we hold in knowledge was discovered along time, and is our history. A knowledge without history can never be shared and becomes knowledge with a small "K", as it is limited to each knower, as it can never be passed on, as from the point it has been passed on, it will have become history, and invalid as information by then, if the questioned assertion were to be incorrect. I therefore conclude my investigation in the belief that Knowledge may only be gained through time, and old time becomes history, so history is essential for a knowledge of the past. ...read more.

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