Talons Philosophy

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Knowledge is influenced by the environment

Knowledge is gained through experiences within an environment.

Knowledge:  acts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject

Experience: the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you

Environment: the conditions that surround someone or something : the conditions and influences that affect the growth, health, progress, etc., of someone or something

Knowledge possessed is knowledge that has been acquired because we need it to survive in our environment. It would not be necessary to have knowledge about melting ice on the road if you live in a hot desert, because there is no need for that information there. Also, people in different parts of the world tend to know certain things so that it can help them improve their lives.

For example, somebody who lives on a farm in rural Alberta may have extensive knowledge on farming whereas someone who lives in Nova Scotia would probably have great knowledge about fishing. These people have knowledge about such things because they live in a place where it would be an advantage for them to have this information. For the person who lives in rural Alberta, it would be extremely helpful for them to know how to farm because it would probably be their main source of income and their crops can help put food on the table. On the other hand, the person who lives in Nova Scotia would know a lot about fishing because there is a large fishing industry there and it is the main source of income for many of its residents.

Syllogism:

If information and skills are achieved from a person’s surroundings,

and knowledge is facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience,

then knowledge is gained through experiences within an environment.

During one of our class disscussions, it was mentioned that people who live in different areas of the world have extensive knowledge on certain things or have a particular skill set because they have grown up around that information it is useful fo them. If somebody lives by the lake and watches the sunrise and set everyday, they would probably have knowledge on the when the sun rises and sets any time of the year.

In conclusion, there is an endless supply of information and knowledge out there, but what is neccessary for us to live in our environment is gained the easiest and stays in our mind for the longest.

 

 

One Response to Knowledge is influenced by the environment

  1. samthom says:

    Relating back to Canadian geographic areas helps the reader relate to your thesis and what you’re trying to express through examples. Your syllogism is illustrated well and clearly expresses your thoughts on knowledge and what it is. Using a class discussion was also a creative way in bringing in the readers who were there, and also bringing in the readers to our class setting and providing an example of what we talk about. I feel you could have expanded more upon your syllogism and really talked more in depth about it, however it was well written with great examples.

     

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