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8. To understand something you need to rely on your own experience and culture. Does this mean that it is impossible to have objective knowledge? We can say Human is the smartest animal in the world. The reason being is, human can think. Therefore human can use equipments whereas other animals don't. But interestingly, not every human perceive everything the same. Since not every human lives in the same region and same nationalities, Human perceive things differently depends on the culture they have and the experience they make. Therefore it is hard to have objective knowledge around the world. But in some cases, human do share a little bit of objective knowledge. Culture has big affect on a human's life. Culture is something that can't be made in a short period of time; it is something that has been making from very long time ago. It is built by many factors, for example, human's habits, priority, custom, ethics, and propriety and so on. We might as well call this as objective knowledge that human has, but it is only shared with certain region of people or nationality of them. Therefore we can't exactly call this as universe objective knowledge. ...read more.

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Because she has been walking over that wooden bridge for thousands of times and she can't hear the flow of water, can't see the how narrow the wooden bridge is." In boy's position, he already experienced how dangerous the river with great current through his sensors, by hearing from others and watching others. But the girl is never experienced with it, so that is why she could be that stability. But her perspective of walking on that wooden bridge could be changed if her sensor functions normally. Since humans live in different regions, with different people, environments, they experience different things which lead them to have subjective knowledge. Therefore, in order to understand something we always have to stick with our own culture and experience. In this case, it is impossible to have objective knowledge. To talk about art, it's impossible to have objective knowledge in the world of art. "The arts" is a very broad field. It can be literature, music, dance, theatre, visual arts and so on. For visual arts, People perceive colors differently. Dark orange color could be seen differently among people. They sense it differently since they obtained diverse experience. There are many art works which its purpose is not defined clearly. ...read more.

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I think there should be partially objective knowledge around the world, because it will be stabled with subjective knowledge. Which means, there shouldn't be only subjective knowledge around the world nor shouldn't objective knowledge. As Mathematician, Bertrand Russell says, "Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true". So, in order to solve the problem, there should always be many controversy done around the world and share their opinions, thoughts, ideas, so that people can develop one's matter. Whereas if everybody's thoughts are the same, there won't be any controversy occurs, or if everybody does not agree with each other, nobody will be persuaded by another, it means there will be arguments only, while on the other hand some persuasion will be needed in order to make the controversy sucessful. If one kind of knowledge is overweighing another, people may find difficulties to develop much. But our world is already full of controversies, issues, and finding an efficient way to solve a problem. Such as, financial crisis in US, Nuclear bomb in North Korean, human rights in china, replacement for natural resource, and so on. Therefore it is hard to define as there is no objective knowledge around the world. Words: 1579. ...read more.

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