Doubt is the key to knowledge, explain with reference to two areas of knowledge.

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 “Doubt is the key to knowledge” (Persian Proverb). To what extent is this true in two areas of knowledge?

According to Michael Woolman, Knowledge is a familiarity acquired by perception, sense, logic, emotion, faith or a report. Knowledge is not superficial. It is concrete as it is based on evidence and truth. But even this knowledge is not tangible. Its existence can be subjected to doubt. Doubt is defined as the uncertainty about anything. Doubt is the basis on which one proceeds to acquire knowledge. Thus the instinct of doubt may lead to knowledge, and can also be interpreted as wisdom. But can it be the key to knowledge?

There are six areas of knowledge, namely, the natural sciences, the human sciences, mathematics, history, virtual arts and ethics. My essay will  elucidate as to what extent the statement, Doubt is the key to knowledge, applies to the areas of knowledge namely religion and natural sciences as these domains touch our lives at every turn and corner.


We are living in a modern world – a world wrought by science. The modern technology has put everything under the anvil of evidence and truth. We have accounts for everything befalling around. Science has solution to everything but it too has not been able to penetrate the mysteries of religion, or establish the existence of god. Does god really exist? If yes, how – as a thing, or a force, or in an entirely different way?

According to Mark Twain, man is the only religious animal. It is religion that differentiates man from wild beasts. Religion is not only about the existence of god, it is claimed to be associated with values, virtues and righteousness also. 84% of the total population of the world (7 billion) is under the sway of religion. Religion is the way to seek God. Every religion has its own dogmas and convictions. Different religions have different views about such things as the nature of god, what happens when we die, and which prophets and holy books contain the absolute truth. But is there any evidence which religion is true?

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As per Genesis, god created the earth out of chaos in 7 days. He created Adam and Eve in his own image. Be it the Greek, roman or the Christian civilization, the god is described as anthropomorphic. The famous Greek philosopher Xenophanes claimed that if Oxen or Horses or Lions could draw they would give their gods the same bodily shapes as themselves. Did god create man in his own image, or man created Him in his own image?

The existence of God has been doubted from time immemorial. The definition of god runs into many kinds ...

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