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It is not what you know, it is how you know By far, we have learnt four ways of knowing. They are mainly reasoning, perception, language and emotion. All these ways are required for us to gain knowledge of something. The answer of "How we know something" will be found via discussion of these four ways of knowing. The first way of knowing is perception. In this case, perception refers to the usage of our five senses to send stimulus to our brains, allowing us to gain knowledge. Such examples include touching of hot objects, requiring the sense of touch, smelling a pile of dung, which uses our sense of smell and so on. However, note that what sense perception does is just to send signals and stimulus to our brains, meaning that we do not obtain knowledge yet. ...read more.


Once we have gone through perception and reasoning, we then save the information in our brains, and from there knowledge is acquired. The next way of knowing would be language. Language the most common way we use to communicate and convey our thoughts. It is what we use to express our knowledge towards others. Language is also the thing that limits our thoughts and knowledge, as without language although a person may be able to think about physical things using our imagination, however it is not possible for them to think about abstract things such as Art and Mathematics. For example, is a person able to solve or explain a formula or a complicated equation without the use of language? Is a person able to convey his thoughts for his art piece without the use of language to explain and express his thoughts? ...read more.


This shows us that emotions vary from different people. One way to explain emotions as a way of knowing is by intuition. This is very obvious in sports as at many times our body automatically reacts to certain situation. These reactions are derived from experience. Therefore, the more experiences we have, the sharper our intuitions are. This deals with emotions, as the better we are in terms of skills and reactions, the more confident we are in winning. From the explanations above, I conclude that what we know is not as important as how you know. This is because what we know is just the information that's in our brains. However, how we know is through the different processes that experiences are gained, such as using the four ways of knowing. Therefore, how we know is more important than what we know. Gabriel Chua 11DMa ...read more.

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