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Autobiography of the Knower. What kinds of knowledge have you taken as true? What have you doubted?

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Nicholas Zaza Theory Of Knowledge February 12, 2011 Ms. McDougall Question: What kinds of knowledge have you taken as true? What have you doubted? As the knower, there is a type of knowledge that I can actually accept to be true; retrospectively, there are many types of knowledge that I can't accept to be true. This type of question is really poignant due to the way certain people just find it easier to just submit their opinions submissively, rather than fighting for what they believe to the death. Without doubting something, we are unaware of the other side of the story; by just accepting something we aren't truly certain is true, we are inherently making our world languish and remain at a standstill. I accept knowledge by acquaintance to be true. ...read more.

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I doubt knowledge by description because it is knowledge based on description of experience. We can't accept the validity of that person's recalling of an event because it isn't necessarily exactly what happened; also, if we experience something firsthand, we are more inclined to remembering it because of its emotional attachment to ourselves. We don't know what actually happened, and if the source is reputable enough to trust. An element of sabotage is introduced in this knowledge because someone can say something to you to get a leg-up. There also might be something "lost in translation" when someone is telling something to me and because of this I can't accept it. An English saying might not translate into another language the same way and can be taken the wrong way; each language has idioms and don't translate the same way. ...read more.

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As humans, we are infallible; henceforth knowledge by authority is flawed. A doctor can misdiagnose a patient as having strep throat, when in reality the patient has throat cancer. This misdiagnosis can lead do the death of people. People seem to justify that something must be true because someone smarter or someone in a highly ranked political position or a doctor says something to be true. Knowledge is the crossing of beliefs and truths; as the knower, it is I who can say since something is proven to be true, it must be true, but if I don't believe it to be true, it is not knowledge. Knowledge is taking a proposition and justifying it to be true. As knowers in the world, we should all question things to be true because of the positive effect it has on our world. Word count: 628 ...read more.

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