"In areas of knowledge such as the arts and the sciences, do we learn more from work that follows or that breaks with accepted conventions?"

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“In areas of knowledge such as the arts and the sciences, do we learn more from work that follows or that breaks with accepted conventions?”

        There are many areas in which we may attain knowledge of the arts and sciences. In many cases, it is the knowledge from accepted conventions, which we learn from and develop for stronger understandings in what society has acclaimed to. In such, we assimilate the knowledge at hand and further it for practical purposes that permit a larger understanding in what we determine to be the truth. As well, there are the ideas and sources of knowledge that break away from conformed thoughts and introduce new realms, which have not yet been explored. In this, we settle for a new resolution that offers a new perspective, rather than the predetermined principles widely accepted by society. The knowledge in both these areas is obtained through ones own awareness and familiarity in ones own experiences. Thus, the knowledge is developed through ones own interrelated experiences and affliction with the world in itself.

        The main purpose here is to determine in which case we learn more and attain more knowledge. In breaking accepted conventions, one may delve into a new phenomenon, which rejects and questions society’s current perception. As well, this may become the new thought process in society opening a door to many new possibilities with this new type of thinking. All major breakthroughs in the scientific and artistic world have begun with a new realm of thinking. When Isaac Newton introduced the laws of gravitation, this completely revolutionized the way of thinking for people. With his basis of thinking, he changed the way society absorbed the at the time ludicrous concept that planets orbited the sun. Without this fundamental theory, humanity would not reach the same scientific explanation and conclusions of current day. In the artistic world, Vincent Van Gogh was the first artist to use “Expressionism”, which is the distortion of reality to create an enhanced dramatic effect. This impacted the artistic populace by enlightening them to an innovative and creative perception of art which now goes by the common name: “modern art”. With these theories it opened the horizons to humanity teaching them of alternate methods of looking at conventional topics. In my English and Theory of Knowledge classroom, it is very fascinating to see the variation of opinions and interpretations amongst every student willing to emancipate their opinions. When a teacher introduces a topic or question to the class, there are many viewpoints with most students concluding to similar reasoning. However, the most impacting opinions are those that separate from the general consensus of the class. These opinions offer a discrete outlook on the same topic, which ponders the moralities and ethics of society.

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In the scientific world today, the most renowned and studied events in science are those that thoughts that separate themselves from the general societies way of thinking. When Albert Einstein concocted the theory of Special Relativity, this defied the common logic and assumption which society placed upon gravity. With this new style of thinking, his name has been evoked for generations, for we attain much knowledge from his absurd way of thinking. The knowledge that we obtain is through our interrelations with the world and our ability to question and pursue the truth, which is condemned by society. When ...

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