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Do you think that perception is a more important source of knowledge in some subjects rather than others? Are there any areas of knowledge in which it plays no role?

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Do you think that perception is a more important source of knowledge in some subjects rather than others? Are there any areas of knowledge in which it plays no role? Areas of knowledge, which represent a classification of knowledge into subject areas, include mathematics, natural sciences, human sciences, history, the arts, and ethics; four main ways of knowing are identified as emotion, reason, perception and language. These ways of knowing all play an important role in every area of knowledge. Since all ways of knowing have strengths and weaknesses, some are more reliable than others in the process of gaining knowledge. Perception, for instance, is a more essential way of knowing in some subjects rather than emotion, reason or language. However, it does not mean that other ways of knowing are not important. Perception can be defined as the awareness of things by means of our five senses - sight, sound, sound, touch and taste. It, indeed, plays a key role in almost all areas of knowledge ranging from history through the arts to the sciences. ...read more.

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However, does it really mean all ways of knowing are equally important? Although it is valid that all ways of knowing are essential, it is problematic to say they are 'equally' significant because importance is a concept that varies based on the individual. Different areas of knowledge employ different ways of knowing in more effective ways. One example is that we rely more on perception and emotion when we paint or draw. That is why it is often suggested that the arts are a way of expressing emotions. Another example is that reason plays more important role in Mathematics because it uses deductive reason to derive theorems. Therefore, it is clear that every area of knowledge appeal more to a particular source of knowledge. All four ways of knowing play an important role in areas of knowledge, and they all have strengths and weaknesses. That is why subjects that we learn at school are not limited to only one. The emotions are sometimes an obstacle to knowledge, and strong emotions can colour our perception, distort our logic and inflame our language. ...read more.

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I was then very ignorant; every day I seated myself at a worktable... and reached no results. One evening, contrary to my custom, I drank black coffee and could not sleep. Ideas rose in crowds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination. As his diary shows, he suddenly saw the solution to a problem without going through any conscious process of reasoning. Mathematics needs emotions as well as reason. Other areas of knowledge such as natural sciences also require all ways of knowing, even emotions. Like Aristotle (384-322 BCE), or Isaac Newton, they discovered scientific facts by using intuitive emotion. Thus, there is no area of knowledge which ways of knowing play no role. In conclusion, although natural sciences appeal more to reason, and art more to perception or emotions, reason ad imagination play an important role in both areas of knowledge. All ways of knowing are significant in the process of gaining knowledge. In order to learn areas of knowledge in a efficient way, all four ways of knowing are required. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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