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Which sources of knowledge-books, websites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other- do you most consider trustworthy, and why?

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Which sources of knowledge-books, websites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other- do you most consider trustworthy, and why? Every day we process new pieces of information, and from this new information we try to find the truth, to do this we need trustworthy information. We get information from everywhere, we're constantly being buffered by new knowledge, but what do we choose to be true and trustworthy? In the world today it is hard to be certain on anything, even own experiences, without having to rely on what you've read, seen, felt, been told etc. One of our main sources of knowledge historically are books, without them how could we know about the past, the world, different languages, practically everything, even what we learn in this course is in a book. Without them we would only be able to learn from word of mouth, our own experiences and the Internet, but this itself has only been around about 20 years. Books have been around for hundreds of years, but this does not make them trustworthy. Books can often be biased, if you were to compare an American history book to an English one they would surely tell different stories of the war, an ...read more.

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Well for most people it is, but saying that, in the past people believed the world was flat because that was the consensus of the majority, and then when Galileo said it was round he was going against the consensus, so was seen as obviously false, yet we know he was correct. So not even cross referencing can't give us the truth when it comes to websites, we just have to accept the truth of the moment, even if it could be wrong. I consider the most logical and repeated knowledge on the internet as trustworthy. A source of knowledge which we use to keep us updated on the world around us is the media, being Newspapers and T.V. The knowledge we get from the T.V is normally easy to swallow, it seems logical and, apart from the weather, is trustworthy, we can normally "see" the news, even though its secondary perception we assume it hasn't been altered and is real. However with Newspapers what you read isn't always trustworthy. Different people read different papers, Tabloids, such as "The Sun" are viewed as being less trustworthy, tending to make a bend the truth on stories, and contain sensationalist stories to sell more paper, they tend ...read more.

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Another way we gain knowledge is our emotions, if we feel fear towards a situation you trust that it is a fearful situation. If you love someone you know you love them, but even this can be controlled to an extent. Our actual emotions can't be controlled, but the stimulus to them can, and you can be conditioned to how you react to that stimulus, for example if someone was attacked by a dog as a child you could bring fear out in them with a dog, whereas someone else might feel happy when they see a dog as it reminds them of a pet. I consider emotions to be one of the more trustworthy ways of gaining knowledge because they "just are" they can't be fake because they are you and they can only be controlled to an extent, the feeling is still true. I think that on their own no source of knowledge can be trustworthy, its only with a combination of them that we can trust knowledge, you shouldn't just rely on what you experience, or on what you read, you should mix your experience with what you read, what you feel, what your told and reach your own conclusion of the knowledge your seeking. But that's just what I think, that's my conclusion, what's yours? Lewis Wade ...read more.

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