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People Need To Believe that order can be glimpsed in the chaos of events

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"People need to believe that order can be glimpsed in the chaos of events" (adapted from John Gray, Heresies, 2004). In what ways and to what extent would you say this claim is relevant in at least two areas of knowledge? The quotation "people need to believe that order can be glimpsed in the chaos of events" (adapted from John gray, Heresies, 2004) is a knowledge claim that at a first glance most people would blindly agree with. What most people do not pay the deserved amount of attention to is the word "need". This essay will try to discuss order and chaos in the two areas of knowledge of natural sciences and history. With the help of this I will then try to answer in what ways and to what extent we need to believe that order can be glimpsed in the chaos of events. To start this evaluation and discussion I will shortly introduce you to my definitions of order and chaos. Something is in order when it is normal; it is expected to be that way. Expectations vary from culture to culture and time to time but this does not change the definitional truth of the word "order". On the other hand, if something is not expected, sorted or normal it is in chaos. ...read more.

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An example would be a scientific experiment that was carried out where people believed they were receiving a remedy for their illness when it in fact was something else, yet got cured.(ref) This implies that maybe we do not need real order to live but that the belief might be enough. We can on the other hand not state that the knowledge claim is true for everything and that it will explain everything, which it almost seems to entitle itself with, because using falsification we can apply what Karl Popper (1902-94) thought about this. Doing that we notice that the knowledge claim probably is not some sort of universal truth but it seems it is applicable to what seems to be most cases. So are there no cases of where we do not need chaos or that chaos is good? Has it not brought anything but destruction to the people? Well, there are cases in natural science where chaos has brought us something positive- some may even go as far as claiming that we need chaos from time to time. If order is preserved, the human beings do not have any reason to develop. After all, why would we need to improve our understanding and knowledge of a matter when there is nothing else to understand about it? ...read more.

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To conclude we have seen that the knowledge claim of that people need to believe that order can be glimpsed in the chaos of events is applicable to both natural sciences and history when looking at most of the aspects. This implies that the knowledge claim is true to a quite large extent in both of the investigated areas of knowledge, but there are exceptions that are not too vague that we should know about. Because of these exceptions and because the word "need" is so strong there might be disagreements about suggesting that the knowledge claim is true in most cases, but I am safe in claiming that people do need to believe that chaos can be glimpsed in the chaos of events- at least when applying it to history and the natural sciences. Also, be aware next time you are finding yourself in chaos of events that it just might be for your own best and the beginning of a revolution within yourself. Word Count: About 1520 1 Richard, V.D.L, 2005. Theory of Knowledge: for the IB Diploma, 1st ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005. 2 Bad Brain Punk, 2009.Yahoo Answers: "People need to believe order can be glimpsed in the chaos of events"? [Online] (Updated October 2009) Available at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090912212015AAprowh [Accessed 11 January 2010]. ?? ?? ?? ?? Usman Omid Candidate Number: IB 2A - 1 - Katedralskolan 25/1 2010 ...read more.

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