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Oversimplication in the Ways of Knowing

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Oversimplification of the Ways of Knowing Jeremy Sutton TOK IB 11/12/06 It is a common, oversimplified assumption that some Ways of Knowing give facts while other Ways provide interpretations. This statement is partly true; different Ways of Knowing do provide different initial knowledge. However, none of the Ways are completely limited to either facts or interpretations. Each of the Ways can provide facts that can imply interpretations, or interpretations that can lead to facts. Nothing is limited. It is an oversimplification to claim that some Ways of Knowing give us facts while others provide interpretations. There are four Ways of Knowing: emotion, perception, reason, and language. Each of these Ways provides different components of knowledge. They each provide facts, interpretations, implications, etc. None of them are limited to only one component, however. They all contribute to the pool of knowledge. The Ways of Knowing are linked together, and provide an exploration and interpretation of the world: the acknowledgment of sensory stimuli through "perception," affected by an emotional and spiritual dimension labeled as "emotion," formulated and expressed through "language," and shaped by attempts, through "reason," that seek order and clarity. ...read more.


Interpretations gained through emotion can very readily lead to facts. One might be experiencing a sort of depression or a moody state and not know why. Eventually, through the emotion, one can deduct why those certain feelings are occurring. From one's evaluation, one can interpret that the reason for his or her depressive state was a high amount of work mixed together with a lack of a sex life. These interpretations can lead to the fact that the state of depression and mood swings have occurred because of elevated levels of stress and hormones. This is a fact derived from an interpretation. Even though emotion can not provide straight-forward facts, the interpretations it provides can lead to facts. The end result is the same. This is where the oversimplification of the Ways of Knowing occurs. In reason, one gains knowledge through implications of logic. Reason provides both facts and interpretations. One can be taught how to solve a math problem using simple algebra. ...read more.


That interpretation can lead to the information that led to the reason why equal rights is such a big issue in our society. From this yields facts of history: the oppression of Africans, Jews, etc. Thus, language is yet another Way of Knowing that cannot be simplified by the statement that some Ways provide facts while others provide interpretations. In conclusion, it is a great oversimplification to state that some Ways of Knowing give us facts, while other Ways provide only interpretations. After analysis of the Ways of Knowing, it is proven that none of the Ways of Knowing are restricted or limited to only interpretations or facts. Each of the Ways can provide one with straight-forward facts that can lead to interpretations, or interpretations that can lead to facts, or both. Knowledge is beautifully unlimited, and cannot be restricted by limits of interpretations and facts. As previously stated, all of the Ways are connected by a chain that links one Way to another. Thus, the Ways of Knowing cannot be restricted to something that another Way already provides. ...read more.

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