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Doubt is the key to knowledge, explain with reference to two areas of knowledge.

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´╗┐Research question - ?Doubt is the key to knowledge? (Persian Proverb). To what extent is this true in two areas of knowledge? According to Michael Woolman, Knowledge is a familiarity acquired by perception, sense, logic, emotion, faith or a report. Knowledge is not superficial. It is concrete as it is based on evidence and truth. But even this knowledge is not tangible. Its existence can be subjected to doubt. Doubt is defined as the uncertainty about anything. Doubt is the basis on which one proceeds to acquire knowledge. Thus the instinct of doubt may lead to knowledge, and can also be interpreted as wisdom. But can it be the key to knowledge? There are six areas of knowledge, namely, the natural sciences, the human sciences, mathematics, history, virtual arts and ethics. My essay will elucidate as to what extent the statement, Doubt is the key to knowledge, applies to the areas of knowledge namely religion and natural sciences as these domains touch our lives at every turn and corner. - We are living in a modern world ? a world wrought by science. The modern technology has put everything under the anvil of evidence and truth. We have accounts for everything befalling around. Science has solution to everything but it too has not been able to penetrate the mysteries of religion, or establish the existence of god. ...read more.

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Her parents instead of ascertaining the reasons behind her disfigurement instantly believed her to be a reincarnation of goddess Durga. She was named ?Laxmi? after the same goddess. The news spread like rapid fire, and oblations and ablutions were heaped on the girl in the form of cash and gold. Laxmi?s parents cashed the religious propensity of the people to their utmost interest. It was two years later that the girl was operated on. The physicians and surgeons diagnosed that she was actually a pair of ischiopagus conjoined twins. Today she is leading a normal life, alienated and aloof from the status of a goddess. LAXMI AFTER OPERATION Religion avers that black people are black because of their sins in the previous life. This doctrine has been imposed everywhere in the world to keep the people in fear of God. But this belief, when analyzed on a scientific basis, revealed that the color of skin depended not on sins but on the concentration of melanin synthesized in the body due to the sunlight. Religion emphasizes that we all are the off springs of Adam and Eve. But even this canon of religion does not hold true as Charles Darwin through his revolutionary theory of evolution scientifically proved that man evolved from organic matter. ...read more.

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Science recorrects itself while religion remains rigid. My conclusion is that doubt is very conducive to knowledge. The scientific spirit which is opposed to the uncritical acceptance of dogma has been responsible for the enormous growth of knowledge. we should not forget that if necessity is the mother of invention, doubt is its father. Doubt is the passage through which one must pass before entering the temple of wisdom. The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning ... For by doubting we come to inquiry, and by inquiry we arrive at truth. (Peter Abelard) BOOKS:- Lagemaat, Van de R., Theory of Knowledge. Cambridge University press, 2005. Dombrowski E, Rotenberg L, Bick M, Theory of Knowledge. Oxford University Press.2007. Woolman M, Ways of Knowing. IBID press 2006. WEB PAGES:- Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents. 9 August 2007. July 30, 2010. <http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html> World population. 29 July 2010. August 1, 2010. < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population> IMAGES:- Lakshmi Tatma, the Indian Girl with 8 Limbs, now Under Surgery to Remove Useless Limbs. January 2010. July 31, 2010. <http://funfunpics.blogspot.com/2010/01/lakshmi-tatma-indian-girl-with-8-limbs.html> Pictured: The little girl who had eight limbs and was worshipped as a deity starts school. January 28, 2010. July 31, 2010. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1246431/Lakshmi-Tatma-The-little-girl-limbs-worshipped-deity-starts-school.html> Cabinet of wonders. December 31, 2007. July 28, 2010. <http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?url=archives/1205-Therein-lies-a-tale-of-men-with tails.html&serendipity[cview]=linear> Mystical Places ? the Bermuda triangle. December 19, 2008. July 25, 2010. < http://www.pisceandelusions.org/reference/bermudatriangle/ > Nature of universe. January 27, 1998. July 26, 2010. < http://www.physics.hku.hk/~nature/CD/regular_e/lectures/chap04.html> ...read more.

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