Does language help or hinder the way we acquire knowledge?

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Theory of Knowledge

Does language help or hinder the way we acquire knowledge?

Language is something that humans have used almost since the beginning. It is combination of sound that is used to communicate between people one of the fundamental parts of a community. It is something that is incredibly important to us. Our language allows us to do many things. We use it to express our thoughts, connect with others and also for our knowledge. In these ways, language makes things a lot easier for us in facilitating our thoughts and helping to develop them as well. In fact, it can be argued that thinking requires having a natural mental language, such as English. We think in this language, and without such a language, much of our thought would make no sense. Therefore much of our knowledge acquisition is mostly based on our language.

 We acquire knowledge through the guidance from parents, role models, school and teachers and life experiences. However, learning from one’s own experience is only part of how we learn and acquire knowledge, the rest is mainly language based. The majority of our knowledge is actually acquired from communication with others. Much of what we learn is in fact knowledge passed down or taught to us through language. Therefore, language is something used by humans as a way to make things easier in the acquiring of a language.

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 Knowledge is widely based upon the things we learn from our education. Education is a system that we use to develop our own knowledge. Teachers are an example that knowledge can be passed from a person to another. Every day students in classes gain knowledge from their teachers. The knowledge we acquire from our education is mainly what we learn from communicating with their teachers. The communicating by which we share the information clearly requires language. Language too, is what allows us to understand the new information that we acquire through language. People gain further knowledge by the variety of ...

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