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Is a knower's personal point of view an asset or an obstacle to be overcome in his pursuit of knowledge?

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John 1/03/03 Is a knower's personal point of view an asset or an obstacle to be overcome in his pursuit of knowledge? People have positions from which something is observed or considered, which can be influenced by previous experiences and beliefs, culture, and mostly emotion. Our schema is based on this viewpoint and is influenced by the above factors. Reasoning is affected by emotion, one of the most prominent problems of knowledge. An irresponsible knower will take one point of view and dismiss other proof. Emotion can both enhance and undermine reasoning as a way of knowing. If a knower believed a problem of knowledge to be true, he would spend all his time and effort in proving it. ...read more.


We know also that people have different ideas about what is important and what should be a top priority. If someone permits emotions to alter judgment before the reasoning ever occurs, there will be bias and reasoning will be undermined. A person will be more likely to consider and be persuaded by a claim if the person believes it to be true before the reasoning occurs. They may find it very hard to be persuaded by knowledge if he believes a problem of knowledge is invalid. The person will not want to waste his time in debating the argument through reasoning. He won't even consider ideas that go again his beliefs. ...read more.


We all have conceived a particular view of the world based on knowledge drawn from our experiences and our emotion. This knowledge greatly influences our pursuit of knowledge. For example, if a person believes in the creation theory, not the evolution theory, he or she is not going to spend their time trying to find missing links and trying to prove the evolution theory, instead, that person is going to devote their time to try to prove the creation theory. Why should any person try to find an answer to a question that, according to their knowledge, does not exist? In conclusion, problems of knowledge are most often thought by way of emotion and then though reason. A responsible knower doesn't have bias and takes many views into consideration white an irresponsible one sees things only in their point of view. ...read more.

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