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How important are the opinions of experts in the search for knowledge?

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How important are the opinions of experts in the search for knowledge? Before answering the question, one should always analyse what the question asks bit by bit to avoid confusion. The first thing which made me wonder was how we identify who are experts and who are not. My personal definition of an expert would be a person who mainly concentrates on their main profession in order to help and assist others, using the knowledge they have learnt throughout the years. But even though the term "expert" is considered a very prestigious title to be called, there are some exceptions where you could be an expert in a profession, but still might not have the same importance to research in society as other experts might have. At the same time it is important to remember that a person does not necessarily have to be trained in order to become and expert. For example parents, athlete runners or joggers, and weight lifters, are all examples, they might require some skill or background knowledge in order to do them as experts, but it does not necessarily require to be trained in the profession in order to them. ...read more.

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that area of knowledge, they pass on their knowledge from personal experiences in order to help the people, and they are maybe able in the end to make the person see their own mistakes and learn from them. How much is required to be an expert? I feel it is as I mentioned in the above explanation of experts, "a person who mainly concentrates on their main profession in order to help and assist others, using the knowledge they have learnt throughout the years." This can be related to parenting, where the parents might have learnt their skills as parents from training or from their parents, which could continue on for many generations. The main thing is that the parents are experts, because they have the ability to teach their children the important things in life, for example teaching their children to eat their vegetables, brush their teeth, or wash their hands, and not to smoke or get into cars with strangers. Culture also plays a great importance in parenting, since parents from different cultures might teach their children differently. For example some Latin American parents might teach their children that going to church every Sunday is an important thing to remember, whereas Danish parents are not as strict about the importance of attending church. ...read more.

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This is the way I believe experts gather knowledge. To sum up what my opinions are upon experts, one could ask, "can we get knowledge without experts"? My answer to this would be no, because looking at who are considered experts, it can be seen that most people are considered experts in what they do, so saying we could get by without experts, would be saying that we could gain knowledge without having the human race exist in my opinion. As this is said, I would conclude that the opinions of experts are important in the search for knowledge, because without experts "the human race" we would not be able to gain knowledge, we might be making progress like the cavemen did in their time, where the act of gaining knowledge was most likely pure luck. To sum everything up, I find that the opinions of experts are very important, because with out their opinions, I find we would not be making any progress in the world of Science, Medicines, academics, or parenting. All of these examples have some relevance and importance to show how the world would be progressing if it were not for them, and many other experts. ?? ?? ?? ?? Phillip J�hnk Juel Nielsen Essay Herlufsholm Skole 2IB Tok 08-06-10 Underskrift:___________ Side 1 af 4 L�rer: JBU ________________________________________________________________________________ ...read more.

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