• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"In areas of knowledge such as the arts and the sciences, do we learn more from work that follows or that breaks with accepted conventions?"

Extracts from this document...


"In areas of knowledge such as the arts and the sciences, do we learn more from work that follows or that breaks with accepted conventions?" There are many areas in which we may attain knowledge of the arts and sciences. In many cases, it is the knowledge from accepted conventions, which we learn from and develop for stronger understandings in what society has acclaimed to. In such, we assimilate the knowledge at hand and further it for practical purposes that permit a larger understanding in what we determine to be the truth. As well, there are the ideas and sources of knowledge that break away from conformed thoughts and introduce new realms, which have not yet been explored. In this, we settle for a new resolution that offers a new perspective, rather than the predetermined principles widely accepted by society. The knowledge in both these areas is obtained through ones own awareness and familiarity in ones own experiences. Thus, the knowledge is developed through ones own interrelated experiences and affliction with the world in itself. The main purpose here is to determine in which case we learn more and attain more knowledge. In breaking accepted conventions, one may delve into a new phenomenon, which rejects and questions society's current perception. ...read more.


The knowledge that we obtain is through our interrelations with the world and our ability to question and pursue the truth, which is condemned by society. When we query the truth in society, we are able to segregate subjective thinking in civilization. As well, we are able to construct a greater understanding of the scientific and artistic approaches which society undergoes. Christopher Columbus is a crucial example of breaking away from the general thoughts of society. When the world alleged that the world was flat, he defied this proposal with his own theory of it being spherical. With his experience of a navigator, he was able to prove society wrong and change the scientific view of the earth for many years to come. Columbus' ability to question the moralities and standards of society is what taught the world, in the realms of science, that the world was evidently spherical. Jean Jacques Rousseau, a famous philosopher, was a strong believer in the idea that ones experience was much more value than a definitive answer. He said, "The person who has lived the most is not the one who has lived the longest, but the one with the richest experiences". ...read more.


Furthermore, when we break the conventions in society, our theories may not be explained correctly or accepted by society. In this scenario there is no breakthrough in the scientific and artistic world, where one may be better off learning from societies already developed ideas rather than creating their own philosophies. In society, a common misconception in humans is to search for an objective answer, which may not always be possible. Within these realms, it is important to identify that our truth is within a context of our interpretation. When humanity breaks apart from society's conventions, we are able to question the context which we are placed in that offers a prominent learning experience, comparative to following the regimented conventions of society. At the same token, the Knower should be aware of the conventions of society. If one is to question the scientific or artistic world, they must be aware of the current conventions to question. As well, a better understanding and further analysis may be concocted through inquisitive thinking. We must not exquisitely take the views of society; instead use our own reasons and interpretations to evaluate the truth. Breaking apart from convention allows individuals to utilize their own experience and reason, which offers a larger learning value than of conformity. Words: 1275 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge essays

  1. "The arts deal in the particular, the individual, and the personal. While the sciences ...

    Over centuries of dismissing arts and sciences into two completely different corners of knowledge, opinions have been formed, by humans everywhere into their deep consciousness about the divisions between both areas of knowledge, as is reflected in the statement. In exploring the impact these opinions, and these set "rules" or

  2. TOK - Accepted Conventions

    Without the conventions that bind our society as a whole, chaos would erupt due to the lack of order and anticipation, as this anticipation is embedded into our mental structure and a large part of human behaviour. Thus, this anticipation stemmed from conventions allows us theorize expected results, from which

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

    of different logical manipulations to the believed hypothesis to formulate it to a valid theorem or rule. After that, opinions of experts become simply irrelevant to obtaining any piece of knowledge related to the proved theorem, like the same example that I have given before about Pythagoras theorem.

  2. In Areas of Knowledge Such As the Arts and the Sciences, Do We Learn ...

    While we see this as body art, their intention is to follow tradition and prepare themselves for spiritual rituals. To them each design has a specific meaning. On the other hand, there is also work in art that breaks with convention.

  1. "The arts deal in the particular, the individual, and the personal. While the sciences ...

    the collective as well, Science provides a shared and collective view of the way the world works, something the Arts cannot do, as the arts are more personal, they tend to provide different insights and viewpoints, rather than one collective one.

  2. That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow. Consider knowledge issues ...

    In hindsight, the police then changed the claim to the society?s watchman and few other domestic servants before suspecting the Talwars themselves on this case. What this example shows us is that due to the bad choices made by the police to choose the best primary witness out of given

  1. Ethical judgments limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the ...

    artist intended it to be, Society has prefixed notions of what lies within the ethical category. What exactly is acceptable, posing in the nude to gain awareness for animals or to starve one dog to save lives of numerous others?

  2. As an IB student, how has your learning of history and science ...

    Thus the scientific theories do help us understand man and society as a whole. If Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Dickens stand as the pillars of wisdom and sapience, our knowledge is incomplete without Galileo, Newton, Edison and Einstein. Darwin?s theory of evolution is legendary in explaining to us how man and society evolved from apes and monkeys.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work