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That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. (Christopher Hitchens). Do you agree?

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?That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.? (Christopher Hitchens). Do you agree? Knowledge has been and shall remain one of the highest and most coveted ideals for human beings. From sages and seers to scholars and philosophers, all have striven towards the elusive ideal of perfect knowledge. The fact that it is limitless only adds to the attraction, and therefore lifetimes are spent in unveiling barely the tip of the iceberg of knowledge. But according to Bertrand Russell ?What men really want is not knowledge but certainty.?[1] I cannot but agree to his claim that we need to be certain before we can value any kind of knowledge. This ?certainty? is what we can also term as assertions that are compounded with evidence. Without evidence assertions are but compilation of facts and figures that can carry no weight and can as easily be dismissed. Human tendency is to find evidence for all that is perceived, felt, read or heard. Little wonder then that ever since a toddler learns to speak, he applies the six ?W?s? and the one ?H? to every fact. This may be a simplistic version of the statement of Christopher Hitchens but this is my earliest quest for evidence as a knower. ...read more.

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abstractedness and universality of mathematical concepts.? [4] Moving towards a highly personal area of knowledge, one would tend to presume that since Ethics is a highly subjective area of knowledge, evidence of beliefs would be more or less redundant. But that?s not quite true. If we are told to follow a particular code of conduct, we are provided with the justification and evidence. When my mother told me never to lie she justified it with the literary evidence of the ?boy who cried wolf? story; when she told me not to cheat in exams, she gave me academic evidence that if I keep ?borrowing? facts, my mind will never assimilate knowledge. Similarly, in religious books parables are used to illustrate and prove the conduct the preacher wants the congregation to follow. Ethical axioms are asserted with evidence because they are given by people who value what they are telling us, and who want us to value it because of those justifications. But it is not as if evidence is always needed or followed. In attaining knowledge of any kind, perception, reason and language go hand in hand but emotions often tend to act as a blanket. ...read more.

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5 examples are the requirement of the same format(PEEE-C), 3 examples relating to histroy that how emotions helped or distroyed the persuit of knowledge eg GANDHI ji his emotions were non- violance, peace to achieve freedom , but its counter would be that it took soo many years to deal with it , took lives of soo many people, despite than to partion occures ,3 example , related to histroy OR other areas of knowledge like HEN HARM , histroy, emotion , natural science, human science , arts, religion and maths. like EXAMPLE 1 .......................... .................. ............................ thesis THAN its Counter EXAMPLE 2 ...................... ........ .......................... thesis THAN ITS COUNTER EXAMPLE 3 ................. ............. ....................... its counter PERSONAL example 1 (100 words) ............. ................. ............. thesis than its counter PERSONAL example 2 (100 words) ............. ................. ............. thesis than its counter CONCLUSION A personal response and largely agree or dissagree on the title statement.( 200 - 250 words) i largely conclude that i agree/ disagree with the claim that ............................................................ because of ................................. POINT 1 .. POINT2............ POINT 3.............. however my claim might not be valid if .................... POINT 1....... POINT2............ POINT3........... therefore i believe that .......................................................... ..................................... ................. MAIN Thesis re-estate ........................ ________________ [1] http://homepage.eircom.net/%257Eodyssey/Quotes/Life/Mind/Knowledge.htm [2] http://philosophynow.org/issues/78/Wheres_The_Evidence/2012-09-08 [3] http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/ny-times-religion-doesnt-need-evidence/ [4] http://www.lettredelapreuve.it/OldPreuve/Newsletter/991112.html/2012-09-06 ...read more.

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