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Does an individual's knowledge of cats come from inside or outside (i.e. do we construct knowledge or do we simply recognize it?)

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* Does an individual's knowledge of cats come from inside or outside (i.e. do we construct knowledge or do we simply recognize it?) An individual's knowledge about cats may come from many different places. The basics for someone's knowledge about cats may have started when they were a child. If they had a bad experience with a cat then they might claim to "know" that all cats are mean. This could make them believe that cats are mean even though they only had one experience. If they had a cat of their own and loved it very much then they might claim to "know" that cats are lovable creatures. ...read more.

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If cats are proven to have a certain disease then people could say the cats carry disease and be making a valid knowledge claim. This shows that knowledge about cats is neither totally constructed by us nor completely acquired. You can never know everything about cats because experiences, new discoveries, and different emotions can cause you to "know" something new about them. It shows that depending on the experiences we have and how we perceive information can affect what we think we know about cats. What I know about cats maybe be different from someone else. This is not necessarily because I know more or less than someone else does but I might have a different perception of the cats than someone else does. ...read more.

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In this regard we choose what our knowledge is, even if there is more information that could be considered. It also works in the opposite direction. People could choose to be completely scientific about cats and block out any knowledge having to do with emotion or experiences having to do with cats. Either of these ways of thinking changes what people think they know but it also shows how by talking to someone about cats does not necessarily give you facts about cats. It only gives you the perception of cats from the other person. Unfortunately, most information about cats comes from either something people have written or from inside someone's head. Therefor it is up to us to decide what we believe to be knowledge and what to be opinion. Theory of Knowledge Knowledge Diagram - Written Assignment Page 1 of 1 ...read more.

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