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Sources of Knowledge

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Nicole Lobo TOK - Informal Journal Entry 7. Which sources of knowledge- books, web sites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other- do you consider most trustworthy, and why? There are many sources of knowledge, some of the main sources include: books, the Internet, the media, personal experience and authorities. Among the sources mentioned above, all except personal experience are known as second-hand knowledge. This means that the knowledge is obtained through others' research and observations. It is a way of sharing knowledge. Although all these sources are commonly used and are important they have limitations and should not just be accepted as it may not be true knowledge as it may not be justified. ...read more.

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For example, in science, new discoveries are being made everyday thus the "knowledge" we thought to have had on the subject is wrong and is therefore not knowledge. For Campbell Biology one might want to trust the newer editions, as the knowledge will be more valuable than an older edition. Other common source is the Internet. We all use it but it is not as trustworthy as a book. Wikipedia, allows anyone to write and edit the pages. Therefore how can we know that this new knowledge is true? As well, many sites created today are not generally written by experts and could therefore be false. ...read more.

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This all depends on the types of media. If the media consists of celebrity gossip then how do we know its true? Usually, the goal of this type of media is to attract the attention of the viewers. If we are talking about news media, this source of knowledge is generally trustworthy. But, we should be aware that there usually is some bias in the stories presented to us. Personal experience differs from these other sources of knowledge, as it is not second-hand knowledge but the original source of knowledge. Even though this knowledge is gained through own personal experience it is not trustworthy by itself. Combined with knowledge obtained by others this knowledge becomes the most trustworthy of all the sources. ...read more.

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