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That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow." Consider some of the knowledge issues raised by this statement in two areas of knowledge.

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"That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow." Consider some of the knowledge issues raised by this statement in two areas of knowledge. In one of the most intriguing crimes scandals of Delhi is included the murder of a young girl named Arushi Talwar aged 13. On first note it was speculated that her servant, who absconded after the crime with the booty, had murdered her. Next day when the body of the servant was also discovered from the same building, the crime scene came to square one. The speculations failed and police started looking at the possible suspects. Soon it was declared that the accomplices were the friends of the servants, who in their greed killed him as well. The investigations came to a halt and the public was satisfied. As time passed there appeared some loopholes in the investigations, and the case was handed over to the CBI. The CBI officials investigated the crime scene forensically and claimed that the murderers were none other than the parents of the girl! Today we believe that the parents are the real culprits, but since the case is being fought in the Supreme Court, we must be ready to anticipate another breath taking judgment. ...read more.


But on the contrary there have been knowledge claims that still persist from time immemorial. The value of Pi, the Euclidean axioms have survived the test of time, and are still considered true. It is not that they have no been viewed skeptically by the scientists-it is only that their claims are not substantial enough to challenge the long existing theories. But any moment of time we should be ready to find alternate explanation by the scientists who have been working to disprove of them. Before the entry of Sigmund Freud in the field of psychoanalysis, it was generally believed that dreams are just had by the dreamers, and they do not have any scientific relevance. Some dreams even came true, and it was dismissed as chance. But thanks to the observations of Freud that this theory has been discarded, and today we know that dreams come from our subconscious state of mind. Dreams are a part of our character, and they are conducive to expanding our awareness. Freud who certainly changed our perspective about dreams discarded the early theory about the dreams. But since psychoanalysis is an area of knowledge that has much to do with observations and not experiments, we can never be sure if the knowledge of dreams as postulated by Freud is right! ...read more.


One of the very best things about science is that the discipline is self-correcting. A scientist makes a set of observations about nature, and then devises a theory to fit those observations. One knowledge claim is superseded by the other, but it is also knowledge for us-as it tells us how we have been progressing in this infinite universe. Scientists test an existing theory, and if it withstands scrutiny it becomes widely accepted. At any point in the future, if contravening evidence emerges, the original theory is discarded. This is how science works. Every thing ids changeable and so are the knowledge claims. There is no gainsaying that the pervious knowledge concepts that have been discarded did not come to us in vain. They too helped the coming generation to work on them and get better results based on the old ones. Old order changes giving place to the new one, and so do the knowledge claims!!! To answer the knowledge issue, I can certainly say that knowledge can never be absolute as it is endless. Today?s claim may be changed tomorrow very easily in all areas of knowledge as knowledge is acquired by human endeavor. Knowledge does not come lying in a platter ready to be served. It has to be acquired by our ways of knowing, and there is no doubt that our knowledge will be more furnished and polished tomorrow. ...read more.

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