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Discuss the claim that some areas of knowledge are discovered and others are invented:

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Discuss the claim that some areas of knowledge are discovered and others are invented: To what extent can one believe that an area of knowledge is discovered or invented? This powerful question allows me to openly interpret the definition of 'discovered' as a theory that people have exposed and learned about throughout time and the term 'invented' can be assumed as an unknown theory that has been produced by humans from imagination or thoughts. Overtime, many have debated over whether various areas of knowledge have been invented or discovered, and throughout my essay I will be focusing on discussing the invention and discovery of ethics, history and mathematics. These topics have led me to ponder over the question how important it is for everyone to use their own experiences through invention and discovery to better understand these areas of knowledge. Ethics and morals are one key area of knowledge that relate to each individual at a very personal level, and I would argue that as a result of this, everyone must discover it for themselves. Personally, I have distinguished my ethical values as I grew up through language with my parents and peers and reasoning of my own as well. I believe that ethics are fully based on human interaction and values that each person possesses. For instance, your peers and family members, and the environment you are raised in can fully influence you to act a certain way because you believe that those are the correct ethical values in society. ...read more.

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There is a great abundance of history within my own family that is very important to me. Both my parents, for example, have been in a revolution, fighting for what they believe in against the law. When my mom was about 18 years old there was a revolution occurring in Iran, and she always tells me stories about how massive crowds of people would stop working for days at a time to rebel against the government and speak their opinions. My mom would tell me that she and her friends would run around all day in protests and handing out flyers for what they believed in along with thousands of other individuals, even though they could have been sent to jail if they were caught.1 After listening to all of her stories and seeing many pictures of everything that had happened I realized that she was the one who made her own history happen and I was the one who was able to discover the major disasters that she, along with thousands of other people had to fight through. Through language, sense perception and emotion I discovered exactly what many of these people had to go through and that was extremely significant for me. I do realize, however that it may not seem right to simply state that all history can only be discovered, for this isn't necessarily always the case. ...read more.

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This makes me think that if mathematics were discovered by each person individually instead of invented and taught, then more people could possibly enjoy it more and strive to achieve excellence in it. For instance, if every person from a younger age was in some ways guided to discovering even simple mathematics then they could learn to appreciate its values much more. A good example of this would be helping a child count their toys and see the total number that they have by adding. This would teach a small child addition and they could discover it for themselves. Even though I do believe that mathematics is an invented area of knowledge, if they were in fact discovered it may have been better for society. In closing, the invention and discovery of different areas of knowledge through experience, language, emotion and sense perception can lead people to better comprehend and appreciate these different topics. From ethical values, to mathematics and history, every area of knowledge, regardless of its significance in someone's life, can overtime be appreciated and understood. Without realizing it we utilize all of the areas of knowledge in our day to day lives, therefore making them greatly significant and impactful to our entire population. Mahatma Gandi once said, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."3 If we all continuously follow by this quote, then we can utilize all of the areas of knowledge to further develop our understanding of the people and world around us. ...read more.

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