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The vocabulary we have does more than communicate our knowledge; it shapes what we can know. Evaluate this claim with reference to different areas of knowledge.

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Jenni Yang Mr. Kucinski Theory of Knowledge 04 March 2012 "The vocabulary we have does more than communicate our knowledge; it shapes what we can know". Evaluate this claim with reference to different areas of knowledge. As human beings, even at our simplest hour, complex thoughts peruse our mind at a pace that we cannot even imagine. The speed in which a neuron sends a specific message for a specific task is faster than you can even begin to put together the thought of neurons. The happenings inside the mind in order for thought to occur are so complex; the ability to process information is an unfathomable concept, both scientifically and philosophically. Yes, we could proceed into a conversation discussing the biochemical properties behind neurons and the inner clockwork of our minds; the technicalities behind the mind that allow it to function. This, however, is not the purpose of this collective arrangement of vocabulary. The purpose is simply looking past the science aspect, and proceeding directly to the roots of our existence and our evolution. Our development, as a human population is through the ability to build upon knowledge. That is the separating factor between our species and others. We are able to not only conceive thought, but build upon it, ultimately creating a whole new concept overall. ...read more.

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Then, the ability to develop upon the initial thought to create it into an idea. Yes, any one person has the ability to obtain a thought; however, can it be in agreement that all of our ideas are thought through a set of vocabulary? Our thoughts would be, essentially, a chaotic tangle of wavelengths, gone unexplained and unanalyzed, without vocabulary. Our vocabulary has become the cypher to the world of ideas; it gives us the ability to not only convey, but build upon the thoughts of others, to broaden our initial bank of knowledge. With that concept in mind, we are now posed with a new question: would thoughts become anything more than just mere wavelengths without the key, that is vocabulary, to unlock its meaning? My consensus is yes. Yes, thoughts would continue to exist, but what good are unspoken thoughts. We, as humans, thrive upon the constant expression of thoughts. We have a constant need to express ourselves, the constant need to make that connection. This connection is what develops us, mentally and emotionally. Our recognition of vocabulary has fundamentally set the boundaries to the level of connection we share with the people we are surrounded by. Our human development thrives simply upon the ability to communicate; furthermore, our communication thrives simply upon our understanding of vocabulary. ...read more.

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Our use of language is composed by vocabulary. Even areas of knowledge, such as mathematics and the arts, that do not directly contain vocabulary per-say, progress because of vocabulary. It can be agreed that all areas of knowledge are able to develop and blossom into complex and enlarged versions of the simple original due to vocabulary. Any great accomplishment has been obtained through a collaborative work of knowledge, all of which are conveyed by the application of vocabulary. People build upon each other, not only the areas of knowledge, but all other aspects of life. For all of the above discussed, it would only be appropriate to make the statement: "The vocabulary we have does more than communicate our knowledge; it shapes what we can know". The ability to know is very much dependent upon our vocabulary. Not only this, without vocabulary, our knowledge would be limited to the single knowledge of one sole person. We would not be able to build upon the thoughts of others. After this being said, it is also important to keep in mind the need of knowledge in order to develop vocabulary. The initial progression of vocabulary must be started with the initial thought process of vocabulary development, and that must be because of prior knowledge. Their relationship, that of knowledge and vocabulary, is an endless circle with no end, nor beginning, they could not thrive without the other. Words: 1,318 ...read more.

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