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To understanding something you need to rely on your own experience and culture. Does this mean that it is impossible to have objective knowledge? Rotterdam International Secondary School Name: Naowarat Makburee Candidate number: 000627-015 Word count: 1,237 words From the past to the present, our own experience has accelerated rapidly in our life time, as we grow up and get older, because it happens to us all the time and it is always around us. Which, it is something that we have taught and guided by someone who we called parents or experienced people. For example, let's say that we were young, like 5 years old, and don't know about the danger of electricity, our parents warn us about the danger of some equipment or toys etc. As they taught us about what's going to happen if we put our wet finger into the plug whole, we might get an electric shock and might die. We make a decision based on believe of someone who experienced. This is something which we call understanding and believe, which in our life time we has to lean on everyday, we do it regularly and it leads to experiences. Our world has separate continents, therefore, we have many knowledge and comprehension, and cultures are different, different knowledge, different belief, where it depends on the location, weather, and society etc. These all relate to experience in understanding something. ...read more.


Furthermore, about Muslim can't eat pork because they believe that pork is an unclean animal, which make people approach to the disease easily. If they think like that, how about the chicken meat? Chicken eats worms too, it can bring disease. Why don't they just be vegetarian to avoid the fact of health? The truth is, their belief make them to follow the regulation of their culture, based on their opinion and understanding. Despite the fact that history and tradition etc. are happened before we were born, sometime you might think it does not really exist. However, because of our belief and arguments which appear to show that the history and tradition are functional and true, based on culture and knowledge, made us to understand the situation or the fact easily. However, it is also possible to have objective knowledge without relying on our experience and culture. As objective knowledge is to perceive, discover, or learn direct to an object with no division or distinction (e.g. experience and culture). Basically, we're talking about the instance of Math and Science. Especially, scientific claim...Is the earth flat or round? There were a lot of discussions on this topic. However, we know that the earth is flat because someone drew the attention (discover) to this and proof it so. ...read more.


It's about being realistic to an object and how it'll be exists to our life, it is something logic. Even though sometimes it is unsatisfied that we have more and more undeserving innovation or useless theory that have to be use or believe in our life. But, it keeps us learning as much as we could in our life time. Thus, our life is able to have different types of knowledge but it depends on how do we gain it or achieve it on our level of understanding. Where scientists and mathematicians are the perfect example of the objective knowledge as we have discussed, those people have proved all the formulas and the realistic or reality of used, where at first it doesn't exist at all but it is because of their proof method and invention, which make it valuables. Also, we can say that they discover something that is not based on any experience or culture. Therefore, it is objective knowledge, which it is realistic as an example of a prime number theory, which mathematicians have created it this way, where it appears to be nothing special but numbers. But nowadays, they are used to generate code on the internet to keep the message secret or protect it and for scientific, where it is always an interest to prove and discover new thing in our world. Hence, empiricism and rationalism may affect the roots to objective knowledge, where senses and reason of some people and animals are different. ...read more.

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