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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? In our world there are many ways of knowing, such as language, perception, emotion, reason, and so on. Each way of knowing, has its advantages and disadvantages, and therefore there are differences between these areas of knowing. These areas of knowing allow humans to get knowledge, which shape the knower, which are the people getting the knowledge. Are all ways of knowing controlled by language? If yes, then language either controls it because all knowledge is communicated in language and there is some form of knowledge that cannot be transmitted so. Or that the structure of language restricts thought, which is part of the process of acquiring knowledge, and therefore is knowledge. However each human has his own paradigm, which shapes their way of obtaining their knowledge. Language, language is the words we use to deliver information to other people or receive them. But of course we must not forget that we language in communication since it can be said the easiest way to give and receive knowledge, and we as humans use it most in our daily life. ...read more.

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In this case we must know how to distinguish between a concept the word refers to and the idea it is really meant to convey. Another example is "black man" and "nigger", both might refer to the same idea. However one is completely offensive and unacceptable, and is showing racism. Now the denotation of the word nigger is black and is used to refer to a person, but the word does have a racist connotation. How about this: if nothing is better than freedom, and playing cards is better than nothing, therefore playing cards is better than freedom!!! This is just a small trick that can be done using language, which could provide completely wrong knowledge. So as it can be seen language is not perfect in providing knowledge. Moreover, a problem is the mutability and unreliability of language. Before we think that language's imprecision is so much a bad thing, let us remember that it is because of the desire for precision that we constantly add to and modify language. And unless we somehow developed direct mind-to-mind communication, it is our only form of communication. And why is a language so constantly changing? Simply because we are in the process of acquiring knowledge! ...read more.

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Therefore it is a great source of truth. We also use perception as a way of knowing which is using the senses to understand things such as looking, hearing and tasting and so on, but the main problem with this part of knowing is that it can not be falsified and it is limited, since our eyes and ears are limited in doing their function and so are the rest of our body organs which are used for perception. For example our ears can not hear everything since we can not hear sounds beyond the frequency of twenty thousand and less than two hundred. But as for art which is extremely subjective perception would be the best way of understanding since there is no good or bad art. This means that there is no black or white in this way of knowing because each person has a different way of perception and understanding things. Therefore it is hard to get the truth from it. In conclusion, it can be interpreted that language doesn't control the other ways of knowing. So instead of saying that our language is controlling or restricting our ways of knowing, in a sense it is our ways of knowing that are controlling and shaping language for its purpose. Word count: 1613 Done by: Bassam Al-Nawaiseh ...read more.

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