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Compare and contrast our approach to knowledge about the past with our approach to knowledge about the future.

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´╗┐Compare and contrast our approach to knowledge about the past with our approach to knowledge about the future. ?These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future?[1] this quote by Vernon Cooper emphasizes that what happened in the past can be called knowledge but what is going to happen in the future is only a wise prediction. This implies the importance of the knowledge about the past and how the knowledge about the future is built upon that knowledge. Each knowledge is linked to the other. But, our approach to knowledge about the past contrasts and differs from our approach to knowledge about the future in many ways and at the same time some factors about each approach are similar. Knowledge about the past is easier to obtain and reach as it already happened, it is history. We can look back at historical evidence such as old newspaper articles, journals and fossils. But such evidence cannot be truly trusted as it may be missing some important factors and information. For example, a dinosaur fossil may miss a very important piece and therefore the incompleteness of the fossil will affect the concluding knowledge on the dinosaur and its type. ...read more.

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Events that are going to occur in the future are unknown therefore there can?t be a possible accurate knowledge about the future, it is all based on predictions and guesses. Approaching both the knowledge about the past and the future is important. The knowledge about the past enables us to study the progression of things and to learn from our mistakes and be more cautious in our future lives, because as people say ?history repeats itself? and by approaching the knowledge of the past , humans can try to stop chaotic history from repeating itself in the future. For example historical records show the effects of racism on the Afircan-Amierican community in the USA in the late 1800s, therefore based upon such evidence, the American government placed laws and regulations to prevent the repetition of such era in the future. Knowledge of the past and the future are both based on assumptions. Historians assume that something happened the way they show us, but they don?t really know and they are not one hundred percent sure it happened like that. The same thing applies to the way people approach knowledge about the future, they assume something is going to happen, but no one can be absolutely sure that it is going to happen. ...read more.

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As I have already mentioned, knowledge about the future is based on the past, but this does not always help. Some possibilities are sometimes ignored which results in the wrong knowledge about the future. Looking at the current global economic situation, around the world many countries have predicted that their economy will improve throughout the next years and these predictions have been based upon the knowledge they carry about the past economic activity, but due to the global credit crisis, many leading economies have proved such predictions wrong and are going down the route of economic recession. Therefore knowledge about the future cannot be reliable even if the knowledge about the past is very accurate because some simple or complex factors can change the expected future. Our approach to the knowledge about the past may differ from our approach to the knowledge about the future in some ways but in other ways it is similar and due to their importance they must be approached in the most appropriate and reliable ways. Knowledge about the past tells us who we are and is basically the identity of everything. The knowledge about the future is important as well because ?men always live their lives based on the future?[2]. ...read more.

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