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Introduction

"I am my own evidence" A knower relies on four ways of knowing: reason, emotion, sense perception, and language. Personally, I rely more heavily on two ways of knowing-- reason and language-- than the others. I, the knower, am most familiar with myself and thus know how I study, process, conceive and analyze information. Therefore, it is true that "I am my own evidence." The evidence is my own opinion. Generally evidence consists of concrete facts and proof, but in this case, it is what I think and believe because I cannot prove which two ways of knowing are my best. I will be the judge and my evidence is my belief or personal truth. Although I am not the model of rationality, I still consider myself as logical and practical in many ways. I am loosely connected to emotion; therefore, I am not a slave to passion. Reason triumphs over emotion when I am making minor or great decisions everyday. Reason is my tool of understanding for it produces a clear path to organizing my perceptions and instincts. Clarity is important in deductive and inductive reasoning; the purpose of both is to form knowledge. ...read more.

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Through organizing my thoughts, I can communicate them through the medium of language. I do not believe that I am extremely well spoken and articulate with my words, but I believe that I have used language in copious forms to my advantage. Language appears through facial expressions, written symbols, spoken words, and art. I can use it to captivate an audience or evoke a wide array of emotions from a few lines. The many uses of language is exemplified in my experience with expository speech. This is a informative speech where I convey facts about a specific topic. This year my topic is gum, but I do not just talk about it. I write and present the speech, memorize my gestures, and make my visual aids. In this form of speech, I use language--written, oral, body language, and art-- in four different ways. I can manipulate language to convey emotion, information, or ideas in everyday conversations to job and college interviews. I use language as a learning tool because it is efficient and effective; therefore I rely on it as one of my best ways of knowing. ...read more.

Conclusion

The ability of sight and smell are natural and not learned. There are too many flaws with the naked eye like hallucinations and illusions. Therefore, I am not confident in an ability that I cannot further develop and improve. Similarly, with emotion, I was not taught to feel happiness, sadness, or anger. I have more faith in my learned abilities where I can explain my how I used and learn my ways of knowing. In reason there are fewer gray areas where my judgment is cloudy. Reason follows a pattern while emotion does not have trends. Also there are rules in language that keep it constant. The laws of grammar, spelling, and syntax does not limit or restrict the ways we communicate, but only makes them clearer and easier to understand. In my perspective, I use reason and language the most. With reason, I can form clear judgments and conclusions and with language, I can express the logistics behind my judgments and conclusions. In the quest for discovering knowledge, it is best to combine all the ways of knowing. However, I personally know that in striving for wisdom, I use reason and language the most and the proof lies in my belief. ...read more.

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