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What do I mean when I say, 'I know', and why should anyone believe me?

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Theory of Knowledge Weekly essay: Due: Wednesday, 3rd of September What do I mean when I say, 'I know', and why should anyone believe me? If I said I know something, it means I have knowledge of something or someone. But why should anyone believe me? Ultimately, there are only two ways in which my knowledge can be trustworthy: from personal experience that the person has also personally experienced or from proven facts. I could say I know something because I have personally experienced it. But how would anyone know that I am not lying? They haven't experienced my personal experience. They could have a different interpretation, but as long as their experience is similar they will consider what I know as right, because they can relate to it, and therefore they can believe me. This applies when sharing personal knowledge. When I say I know, I am saying I am a knower. ...read more.


is in itself something learned, something experienced. The baby is born with human conscience, which is the base for experiences and how they are inter-connected and affect each other, which is the base for all knowledge. There is a main type of knowledge which is reliable to a person when you tell them you know something or someone. That is directly experienced knowledge. By this I mean direct knowledge, or a direct experience, not something someone has told you or that you have read in a book, (because that is also a form of experience.) but something that has happened in front of, or to you. The person you are telling you know something needs to be able to directly relate to their own experience of something. For example if I was dissecting a heart, it would be directly experienced knowledge. But if my biology textbook tells me a heart looks like that, it is indirect experience, and therefore not as reliable as my direct personal experience. ...read more.


Theoretical knowledge is tricky to categorize. If we take the atom theory, no one can prove that it is real, but it seems to be the most reliable and therefore the most accepted idea. Theoretical knowledge is never directly experienced knowledge. Even if you come up with the theory, a theory stays an idea created by the mind due to our reason, which is a result of many experiences. Theoretical knowledge is more or less reliable depending on how many things obey the theory, or that have been proven to be reliable due to the theory. We need to decide for ourselves whether we trust someone saying that they know something or if we don't. We have to keep in mind that direct experiences are more reliable than indirect experiences. We do also need to remember that the direct experiences we have can be fooled with illusions to our senses. No experience is 100% reliable, but ideas and morals which make sense to us or which work for us are usually the ones we accept. Word count: 859 Alex Cunningham 31/8/03 11 SS ...read more.

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