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With references to two areas of knowledge discuss the way in which shared knowledge can shape personal knowledge.

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´╗┐With references to two areas of knowledge discuss the way in which shared knowledge can shape personal knowledge. Shared knowledge is the knowledge that the community we surround ourselves with believes to be the collective truth. We often think of this separate from our personal knowledge, which is what we personally believe is true and stems from individual experiences that aren?t shared in complete form with anybody else. However, society influences our perspective and thus our personal knowledge. I will be exploring the effect of this claim through the knowledge areas of human sciences and history. As a high school girl, I have experienced my share of peer pressure from friends. At times, my actions have gone against my personal belief of what is right and wrong, but I performed them due to pressure to conform. This could be ostracizing a girl my friends disliked but had done nothing to personally offend me, or being uncomfortable with my body and going on fad, perhaps unhealthy, diet changes that my friends were doing. I have often found myself asking ?Why?? From this I formed my first knowledge question: Why do I let these social pressures constrain my personal opinions about myself and others? ...read more.

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This leeway would suggest that since our laws accept that at times our actions may go against our better judgement, where reason derived from shared knowledge on the social acceptability of our actions goes blind, our laws then accept that moments exist wherein personal knowledge of how to react is developed separately from any form of shared knowledge. While our perception of what is socially acceptable may influence our personal knowledge, there are times when it is not just the need to conform to society that affects me but the genuine belief that something is true. While there is the pressure to conform to the feminine stereotype, the fact that I try to adhere to it means that I believe I do not currently fit the mold. The way of knowing of emotion helps me understand that my actions to dress and look a certain way follow the assumption that what my friends around me do and say is the right thing. Another way to answer my first knowledge question on why I allow these constraints to influence me, again through the human science of psychology, is looking at informational social influence, or social proof, ?influence resulting from one?s willingness to accept other?s opinions about reality? (Myers 733). ...read more.

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Historians are able to reevaluate history due to their ability to detach themselves from the influence of their time and shared knowledge, rather than in spite of it. What I learn in history class are an accumulation of the personal knowledge of all these different historians. It would seem that shared knowledge can be shaped in some part by personal knowledge, rather than just a one way street and that a ?multiplicity of perspectives contributing to the collective historical knowledge? (Stahl 188). Through the way of knowing of reason, the implication of shared knowledge being shaped by personal knowledge influences how our entire knowledge throughout the world is constantly being reformed and reinvented. The way we view our world, and thus where we gain our personal knowledge from, is not independent of the shared knowledge of society. The larger institute, our society, influenced the individual, whether we are aware of it or not. The conclusion that this leads to is that our shared knowledge changes as well, as shared knowledge is derived from the people as a collective. This loop leads to shared knowledge influencing personal knowledge, which, in turn, endorses the shared knowledge. Throughout history and throughout life, ideas are mere repackages of old ones. ...read more.

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