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Question: How can the different ways of knowing help us distinguish between something that is true and something that is believed to be true? Name: Thi Ngoc Hanh Nguyen Session: May 2010 School: Auckland International College School code: 001495 Teacher: Ms. Beate Wiebel Word count: 1479 "There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths."1 The truth does not change over a period of time, only the perception and the interpretation of truth have been changed over a period of time. It is hard to determine whether the discovery we just figured out is the whole truth. Hence, ways of knowing are meant to help people approach the truth from different aspects, although they lead to the findings out of half-truths most of time. However, a lot of half-truths mean we are close to the true nature of the subject studied. Three of the ways of knowing, perception, emotion and reason, are involved in this essay to demonstrate different directions on the attempt to find the truths in human history. Perception is an interesting way of knowing, as sometimes it can become subjective without being noticed.


Applying perception as the only way of knowing in this situation, the truth would not be recognized. Hence, with the aid of reason, the nature of the event has been revealed: propriorceptors in muscles, tendons, and joints have produced responses towards the stimuli. Hence, a surprising fact has been published. The brain is supposed to be objective, as it is responsible for awareness of the surroundings. However, in this experiment, it can be seen that the brain can also lead to illusions, not reality. However, there are things in the life that cannot be observed by eyes, heard by ears, touched by hands, tasted by tongue, smelled by the nose or proven by conducting many experiments or deducing from facts. Emotions and relationships are subjective, and they cannot be judged based on looks, appearances or gestures as everyone is different. Based on a survey, love has little to do with what is said between the couple, but 55% is expressed through body language, 38% is the tone and speed of their voices and only 7% is about the content of what they say3. Hence, there are no tangible proofs to decide whether a guy is into a girl or not.


Moreover, Romeo seems to be more childish than Mercutio throughout the play, Mercutio, therefore, has no evidences, causes or proofs to trust Romeo as he is less experienced. To understand these types of relationship, a person needs to listen to their heart to understand human feelings, which sometimes simply cannot be comprehended by gestures, sayings or actions. All of the deep meanings are hidden inside and people who are willing to open their heart to understand in the emotional way would be able to feel it and experience it. In conclusion, there are several ways to approach the truth or the half-truths in the first place. Perception, reason and emotion are mostly used by people to distinguish what truth is and what truth is believed to be. Perception is the first step in the process of finding truth as people need to observe their surroundings. Then, we need to analyze the situations to determine whether the observations are accurate and real. Finally, we need to feel it, understand it, and know it, as not everything can be understood using formulas and facts. 1 Alfred North Whitehead [Accessed 08 Sep 2009] 2 3 ?? ?? ?? ??

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