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Are some ways of knowing more likely to lead to truth than others?

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Truth and the Ways of Knowing Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth? Yes, I believe the statement to be true. In different areas of knowing come different truths within each area. Truth is defined as 'a proven or verified statement'1, something that corresponds with reality and logic. But every human defines truth in his or her own way (e.g. the truth in god is a common example). However, truth does not vary from human to human but from areas as well. The truth in economics may not be the same as truth within art area or the truth in science may not be the same in religion. Because there are distinct truths in different areas of knowing there are therefore some ways of knowing that may lead to the truth within an area of knowledge more accurately than the others. Instead of just concentrating on the four ways of knowing language, perception, emotion and reason, I will also look at four areas of knowledge, science, art, mathematics and history. As I had discussed above, the truth in the areas of knowledge differ from one another. The truth in science isn't as simple as most would think. The truth in science can be shown through an analogy of a beach. The beach itself is all of the areas of knowledge. ...read more.

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However, both the perception and the language of that statement are scientifically false. The language infers that the daily event suggests the sun is the object that moves (and that is not true). Therefore not only is perception inaccurate for scientific truth but language as well. The truth as well as the accurate way of knowing in art is almost the complete opposite to science. The truth in art is the true meaning and emotion of the piece/composition that comes from the mind/eye of the creator (for he/she is the only one who understands the true meaning of the creation). The truth in art is the complete opposite to science. Science is objective and emotion free while art is subjective and full of emotion. The truth in art isn't like a truth you would receive in a scientific experiment; the truth in art is not literal but instead containing an inner layer of truth. Therefore, since the truth in art is the opposite of the truth in science, doesn't that mean that the accurate way of knowing the truth would be the opposite as well? The use of perception and language in art is the proper way of knowing the truth as opposed to using reasoning. This is because in perception and language the audience/viewer is interpreting the work of art (this includes other forms e.g. ...read more.

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Instead of being spoken like a language, mathematics is expressed. Through the proper understanding of the language, any person can utilize the patterns, numbers etc. and therefore apply the proper reasoning (whether than be inductive or deductive reasoning). Emotion as well as perception do not play a large role in finding the truth within mathematics because they involved the human senses which in terms of the truth, do not apply. This is because the truth in mathematics is dependent on numbers and calculations, not through feelings or senses. Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth? Yes, some are. With different areas of knowledge come different truths that are distinct and vary from other areas. With distinct truths come easier ways of leading to truth that others. It is easier to use reason as a way of knowing than it is for perception, emotion or language to lead to the truth in science. The truth in the arts is easily lead to through the use of perception, language as well as emotion compared to the use of reason (complete opposite of the truth in science). The truth in mathematics can be accurately found through a mixture of science and the arts - which in this case is reason and language while emotion and perception are not reliable due to the human senses. Overall, depending on the area of knowing and the form of truth ultimately reflects different accurate ways of knowing that lead to truth. 1 Definition of truth according to 'The Collins English Dictionary' ...read more.

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