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We achieve the best results when we use all four ways of knowing in order to come to a conclusion

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"We achieve the best results when we use all four ways of knowing in order to come to a conclusion" - Discuss the notion with regard to the process if choosing an EE question. "Achievement", "success", "triumph", all these words are very positive to an average human. They indicate the epitome of accomplishment and is a state of mind that we can say generally every human hopes to reach. But on what basis or standards do we judge this success? As a student of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, I can safely assume that my standard of judging the quality of work is by grading it. This means that I have used an already existing form of evaluation and ranking to judge a situation. I could be mislead by this, and the means of judging can be widely opinionated. But my assumption is that my IB grades will hold be a large factor in determining my "success" or "achievement". Hence I will assume that by getting the highest grades for my Extended Essay, I would, in my opinion, have achieved the "best" results. In order to make a decision for a completely unbiased and well thought out extended essay question, I will have to use the four ways of knowing to evaluate different situations. ...read more.

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This is why I will have to use all my sources of information for my extended essay from the same language, i.e. English. This will, to some extent ensure a degree of reliability of my information. The next "Way of Knowing" is Perception. When I touched a hot iron, I burnt my finger. Now, from this experience, I know that I should never touch a hot iron again as I will experience the same unwanted feeling of pain. This is a very basic example that stems around the concept of "Empiricism". Empiricism emphasizes the role of experience and evidence, especially sensory perception, in the formation of ideas. Relying solely on perception is assuming that all knowledge can only by acquired by observable facts. I can confidently assume that my wallet is black, that the road is hard, and that the inside of my house is fairly spacious. But to my friend, my wallet may appear to be dark blue, and the inside of my house is small. This stems from the fact that this type of knowledge, due to its reliance on senses and observation, is opinionated, and that this knowledge will vary from person to person. Then how reliable can this information be? ...read more.

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This will again, affect my decision of my extended essay question. Emotion is the way of knowing which is probably the most largely varied and has the greatest affect on our decisions. We as humans are easily affected by emotions. Although this is such a powerful form of reasoning, it is impossible to solely depend on emotion in acquiring and utilizing knowledge. Can we really acquire information without the other ways of knowing? Feelings can actually stunt thinking. If you feel very strongly about a subject, you won't want to read into it & find out what professionals have to say about it. Feeling the emotion and being able to think about it gives you knowledge about your response to something. Then you can think about whether the response is helpful or causing problems. (e.g., jealousy, rage, etc.). The definition of emotion is: a strong and instinctive feeling. This has led me to question: Emotion vs Reason & Logic. I cannot stop emotion from affecting my decisions, but if I limit the extent to which emotions play a part in my decision making process, I was able to make more reasonable and logical decisions on my extended essay question. After evaluating all the "ways of knowing". I was able to make a more all rounded, well thought out logical evaluation of my potential extended essay questions and eventually deduce the "best" extended essay question. ...read more.

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