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Doubt is the key to all knowledge. To what extent is this true in two areas of knowledge?

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"Doubt is the key to all knowledge." To what extent is this true in two areas of knowledge? DaeYong Jang Rene Descartes said, "If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." The reason why people consider what he said is reasonable is because we never are fully sure of the uncontested knowledge unless it is constantly under inquiry and proven to be a true statement. So the knowledge issue is same as the question topic: to what extend is the doubt key to knowledge? I believe that the doubt is "key" or important method through which the truth is discovered. First, the uncertainties are formulated using many different ways of knowing. These ways include sensory perception, logical reasoning, culture and educations. Then, an uncertainty is formed using one of the ways of knowing, next convincing evidence is formed around the doubt, and once that evidence has been formed and tested, either the doubt disproves the former uncontested knowledge, or it further supports the theory, which turns into knowledge. Such is the method of doubt; it is one of the factors that I believe influences the expansion of knowledge in science, math, religion, and history. ...read more.


S. Rowlinson), yet with the scrutiny of scientists, they soon realized his general rule of gravity did not describe the phenomenon at an subatomic level or the environment that is extreme (Bas C. Van Fraassen), such as the singularity or the black hole (also known as The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox). This consequently led to the development and formation of quantum theory by Max Planck, which describes the movement and action of the matter at a subatomic level, not by an exact equation, but by the probability of the described phenomenon occurring (Jonathan P. Dowling). As result, the inquisitorial nature of the science, which brought doubt to the well established fact, certainly allowed science to progress forward and acquire new knowledge. This led me to have doubts about the fundamental laws of science that are not contested, but merely believed because they seem to describe the phenomenon of the nature most of the time, such as invariable speed of light. This doubt intensified as I moved into recently formed division of the science, such as micro biology. The field of natural sciences, for example, cellular biology, heavily depends on visual perception to lend evidence concerning what is the truth. As result, the limited ways of knowing helps the biologist as it is not affected by other ways of knowing, but at same time hinders them by limiting their certainties since the nature is spontaneous and visual perspective is not an accurate tool, which is hindered by education and culture. ...read more.


If the theorem was proven to be a false statement, it could have radically changed the way we go about solving problems. Doubt washed over the community of mathematicians at a point when no one was able to provide the general proof. However, Andrew Wiles, who used newly discovered modularity theorem, cleared the doubt and strengthened the mathematics by eliminating the uncertainty. However, not all doubts lead to knowledge. For example, I have an important final in Calculus coming up in two weeks, and I doubt that I am going to get an A for the final; this does not lead to knowledge, but only to get myself nervous. Consequently, not all doubts, without a logical reasoning, will lead to knowledge. The way of knowing of emotion rather hinders the mind and do not reach any conclusion. As human beings, we perceive, observe and reason with the help of our senses to understand a concept. Doubt has become another way of knowing to most of people because it probes the nature, value and limits of reason, and the techniques associated with the logical rigor that many suppose is a shared standard of evaluation. So this is why I think that doubt should be largely encouraged by many area of knowledge other than math and science, to explore the unexplored thoughts and ultimately gain the new knowledge that benefits the humanity as whole. ...read more.

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