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All of the other ways of knowing are controlled by language. What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language?

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?All of the other ways of knowing are controlled by language.? What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language? The following text will inform you about what knowledge is, and whether all ways of knowing are controlled by language. Knowledge to me is when you have information that is ?saved? in your brain and that you can recall at any given time. There are people with a very broad knowledge and other people with a rather small knowledge. What is for sure is that belief is not knowing. Belief might be experience but that does not mean that it is also knowing. To narrow down the area which we are talking about, I would like to list and explain the different types of knowledge that exist. There is explicit knowledge and implicit knowledge. Explicit knowledge[1] is the part of what you know that can be said and that you are aware/conscious of. For example, if you have to study the process of meiosis in biology. You might get handouts that explain each phase and you can therefore use those words to remember what meiosis is or to be able to explain it to someone else. ...read more.


If someone stabs a knife into your heart, you are very likely to die within a few minutes, meaning that the pain will not last very long, but emotional pain, can stay for a much longer period of time. These wound that are created through fights for example, and cause emotional pain, also influence who we trust as life goes on. It is like a chain. Everything walks hand in hand, and you cannot have one without the other. Therefore, language makes up one of the biggest parts of who we are. A great example for that is ?The Reader? by Bernhard Schlink. It tells you a story of a woman in her mid-thirties and a teenager that have a relationship. Throughout the story, the boy finds out that his affair is illiterate, and that she is embarrassed about that. He gets to see, how all her decisions are influenced by her illiteracy. She not only quits her jobs because she had had a lack of access to education, but she also makes the wrong decisions because she is so clueless about what is going on in the world that surrounds her. But she is not the only one who has to deal with this problem. ...read more.


How can you know anyway, that what you read, write and say is also what others read, write and hear? Have our senses not deceived us many times before? You can also gain knowledge through experience. We only know that fire is hot if we have touched it once and burned our fingers. Betrand Russell (1872-1970) once said, that ?Most people rather die than think; in fact they do so.? This would mean that every human alive can think, and to think you need knowledge. This means, that without knowledge you cannot survive. Therefore, a small baby, it might even still by contained in its mother, must already have knowledge. If you cannot survive without knowledge, this means, that cells, and anything else that is alive must also have knowledge. It is impossible to know everything because there is too much information for you to remember and because there are simply too many things yet to be discovered. Knowledge has its limits, and these limits lead people to start believing. Not all ways of knowing are controlled by language, but they might be influenced by it. A person living without language can also know, which herewith proves, that language does not control all the other ways of knowing. 1.249 Words ________________ [1] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explizites_Wissen [2] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implizites_Wissen ...read more.

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