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We see and understand things not as they are but as we are. Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing.

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Theory of Knowledge Essay "We see and understand things not as they are but as we are." Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing. If you see a black cat, will you run away from it or bring it back home? Some people may think a black cat is ominous due to their culture, others may think that it is a rare cat thus bring it back home. In reality, why could someone guffaw loudly while others feel depressed when hearing the same story? Whenever we see something, perception and language are the two ways of knowing (often along with, or assisted by, others) enable us to consider, understand and express ourselves. The main issue here is that we all see the same things but we perceive it in a different way due to some aspects in our lives. When we see or observe an object, an event or a situation, we also consider about our experiences, backgrounds, etc. Thus, we all have a different understanding of it and a different point of view. We see the nature of the world by our eyes. ...read more.


When we see a conclusion at first, we may wonder if it is truly exist. This may bring the question: Is there such a thing truly exists in the world? All facts in this world have been proved by whatever scientific experiments or justices. However, if we believe what we see, there are might be uncertainties and doubts in it. Thus, in mathematics, a valid argument I see is calculated by deductive reasoning process, like if given "1+2=3", "3+0=3", thus, "1+2=3+0". Obviously, the answer to this question is right if I write it on my math exam. However, this is not always the case, since I believe that "1+2=3" is a valid equation that many mathematicians have proved it, my theoretical logic following an automatic system in my head, bringing out the answer 3. But if I am a sociologist, I may consider as 1 pig + 2 cows, how can the answer be 3? If "1+2"dogs equal 3 dogs, "3+0" pigs equal 3 pigs, then how can 3dogs equal to 3 pigs? What we see from the numbers are not usually presented by a mathematical logical, but may a present of other elements. ...read more.


Some girls get so emotional and cry while watching a sad movie whereas boys do not even feel the point of depression. In addition, religious values and culture could affect the way we perceive the world as well, as some countries never eat pork because they think it is their god and who ever kills one will be punished. So people have different culture usually have diverse understanding and observation thus when we see an object, we may reflect to our own experiences, personality, culture, etc. On the other hand, although language has played an essential role in human beings, communications and justifications still need to be concered since even a small word would make a change of understanding, as our society is developing, we all need to take theses facts into account, reminding ourselves to be carefull of using languages. All of these factors affect the way we are and our knowledge of the world. Nevertheless, not everything we see from our eyes are truly existed, so we have to remember that we see and understand things not as they are but as we are. Bibliography: 1. Alan Ford(a) & F.David Peat, "The Role of Language in Science", Foundations of Physics Vol 18, 1233, (1988) <http://www.fdavidpeat. ...read more.

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