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If facts by themselves never prove or disprove anything, what else is involved in the proof of a statement?

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If facts by themselves never prove or disprove anything, what else is involved in the proof of a statement? Word Count: 1250 Alex Ma TOK 12 (Wednesday) Facts are general information read off the internet, textbooks, history books, geography books, maps, newspapers, and all sorts of media. Usually facts are not presented in point form, or directly. Facts are implied, or expressed through a statement which one makes. These statements, however, contains some kind of bias, due to the background, culture, and race of the author. Facts do not prove anything, but gives a rough sketch of what has happened in the past. It is the interpretation of one who reads the facts to determine what is proven. Generally, facts are easy to take in; it's just raw data that means nothing. To change facts to knowledge, hence prove or disprove statements, are more important and useful than plain raw data. In the science field, many facts are presented, such as the periodic table, acidic levels of elements, the reaction rate of elements and other facts. There is a procedure to follow, and amount of substance to use. The result, however, may differ from groups. Group A, and group B might end up with a different result, because of the limits and uncertainties that the group might encounter. ...read more.


Many people rejoiced, and many people suffered. There are always two sides to an event. Religion and race, therefore, plays an important role in the proving of statements. The novels and stories that one reads in English class are usually complicated, and to understand the novel or story requires a fair amount of interpretation. That is, however, not the only skill that is required in order to understand a story and thus to discuss and prove the theme of a story. The experience that one has will also affect the interpretation of a story or novel. Within an English class, many discussions are based on interpretations of a novel or story. Some people are able to discuss further, and deeper into a topic than other students within the class. This is due to the fact that one has more experience is that particular field than others. The basic idea, and plot of the story is the facts, and the interpretation, and experience of the reader proves rather the theme or themes are correct. None of the interpretations are wrong, however, the more experience one has on the topic will conclude to a more reasonable proof than one who has no experience on the topic. ...read more.


The areas of knowledge, applied with the ways of knowledge will lead raw data to proven facts, or statements. Without the ways of knowing, there will be no proven statements. One must be able to think, in order to prove a fact. Fact alone will do nothing in proving itself. A fact needs to be thought over, discussed, and preferably applied to the areas of knowledge in order to be proven. No fact alone can be proven without the ways of knowledge, and the areas of knowledge. While facts are important, ways of knowledge (emotion, reason, perception and language) and the areas of knowledge (Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, Ethics, Mathematics, History, Arts) are equally important. Together, these three work as a group to prove, and to disprove a situation, or fact. Though, the prove might not be correct, but it's still considered as proven, and has gone through all the process to come to a conclusion. Problems of Knowledge 1. Facts can be interpreted in different ways 2. All forms of literature are presented with a bias 3. Different people may end up with different conclusions because of their own bias, and the bias that is presented to them 4. How can we say one interpretation is more correct than another? 5. How can proves and disproves be wrong if its already proven? ...read more.

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