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Examine the Claim That It Is Possible to Attain Knowledge Despite Problems of Bias and Selection

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´╗┐Examine the Claim That It Is Possible to Attain Knowledge Despite Problems of Bias and Selection. The claim that I?m attempting to evaluate in this essay is if it is possible to gain knowledge even with problems of bias and selection. It is necessary to define what the terms ?bias? and ?selection? mean accordingly to several dictionary sources first before we have a preconception of them. Bias is stated as a penchant that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation; basically the formation of opinion beforehand without any examination. Selection is stated as the act of choosing or selecting a preference; resulting in a carefully chosen and representative choice. Another important keyword in this title is "knowledge", which can be defined as "facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject ". Bias and Selection both affect our knowledge in a very serious way, as they can lead us to gaining knowledge that can be one-sided or away from the truth. Although knowledge attained without any bias or selection seems to present a fairer and a more objective, independent point of view, the knowledge attained would be too much to be of any use. ...read more.

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Say for example, there was a history book that covers everything in the past with unbiased records, being complete, fair, and objective. Though it may be a lot of information, the knowledge could be useful. If it were written as a narrative, it would be like going back in time to when the historical events actually happened and you could experience an imitation of the actual events. The knowledge you could get out of it could be the emotions that you felt and the historical context in relating to events all over the world. After we saw this issue from both sides, we can now tell that although both of these claims seem valid, the area of knowledge, history, seems to revolve around the individual interpretations of history and how they would want to portray it. Most historians go through past events just to select the ones that they need to prove their points. So the end result would be a perfectly supported narrative but does this mean it is true? Their method of researching was already influenced at the beginning with their purpose of proving a point. So does this mean the end result is what they think it should be? ...read more.

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This is a process that could be good for bringing us closer to the truth. In conclusion, although knowledge attained without any bias or selection seems to present a fairer and more objective view, the knowledge attained come in a humungous package in which it might overflow your brain with knowledge, whether useful or not. Whereas, knowledge attained with biases and selection may be subjective but gives a specific knowledge that can be evaluated and easily compared with other knowledge for confirmation. But the offside is that the knowledge has the potential of being wrong and completely misleading. Knowledge attained with biases and selection is more convincing in leading me on the trail towards the truth of the knowledge. Because there is actually somewhere to start justifying knowledge claims, rather than having a bunch of knowledge that have no particular leads to what is true. So I disagree to an extent to the claim: ?it is possible to attain knowledge despite problems of bias and selection.? Because, it is possible to attain knowledge claims without problems of bias and selection, but knowledge claims that go through some reasoning and justification can lower the generalization and thus, bring us closer to the truth of the knowledge. ...read more.

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