Talons Philosophy

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Midterm: Knowledge is…


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Knowledge is the gaining and understanding of information, which provides the opportunity of enlightenment for others.


Knowledge: is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something…

Understanding: the ability to comprehend something; having insight or good judgment…

Opportunity: set of circumstances that make it possible to do something

Enlightenment: the action of enlightening or the state of being enlightened; insight, awareness, education, learning

With these definitions, you can understand that knowledge provides not only the personal gain of higher thinking, but the ability to see further than what is in front of you; the understanding it provides. Knowledge as supports you with the numerous opportunities to teach and contribute to the general population and provide enlightenment on your own personal knowledge and likewise. With enlightenment comes further insight, awareness of self, and others spiritually, mentally, and physically, and pure allocation of philosophies.


If knowledge is the collection and awareness of information taught, and constantly creates enlightenment for all, then knowledge is purely the human race’s understanding and development of basic concepts.


What is knowledge? How can 7 billion people equally define knowledge? I find the term is used very loosely in every day speak, but what is the true root of knowledge? Most people will define knowledge is something you have, an incorporeal state of mind that only belongs within the physical depths of our brain. Although, a very good description of what and where knowledge lays, it doesn’t truly define what knowledge is physically. Knowledge can be expressed, challenged, and defined in a million and one different ways. Knowledge is infinite and is expressed through our personal opinion; every ‘definition’ of knowledge is similar yet completely based on personal values, opinions, etc. and thus always slightly different in definition. My personal thesis on knowledge is that it is the gaining and understanding of information, which provides the opportunity of enlightenment towards others. To break it down, knowledge is the information, the base concepts and theories of all human information ever collected, and the understanding of these. Obviously, it’s impossible to ever gather and successfully reiterate every single subject, concept, or theory ever created, but it’s possible to understand and analyze base concepts. For example, what is taught in school. With this information, whatever it may be, you as a person, have the ability to comprehend but master these concepts. With this mastery, you can not only understand and expand your depth of knowledge, but teach others what you know as well. Knowledge provides the power to create, teach, and inevitably rely on the basics of understanding. Not only can the understanding on concepts allow us to go further than what we have been taught, but also provide opportunities for others to exceed what we understand and know. To prove my thesis, we can use Archimedes principle of buoyancy. Archimedes states “that the weight of the object is reduced by its volume multiplied by the density of the fluid. If the weight of the object is less than this displaces quantity, the object floats; if more, it sinks.” Archimedes came up with this concept roughly in 250 BC, as well as many other basic mathematic concepts that we still use today in our teachings. However, many people have since expanded upon his theories and we now apply lots of the expanded knowledge to teach us more about the world of mathematics and how it can help us. There have been many mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers who have shaped and provided today’s world with a plethora of knowledge. It’s these concepts that we use today all throughout every generations education to teach, guide, and give the opportunity to expand on everything mastered and sustain the wealth of knowledge that is constantly flowing our way. Knowledge provides understanding, enlightenment, and sustainability for the constant expansion of perception.


One Response to Midterm: Knowledge is…

  1. shiyun says:

    Good job on your post Sam! Good definitions of the words given in the proposition. The syllogism is simple and easy to understand. The argument went into great detail about how you feel about knowledge and gave me a better idea of what you think it’s all about. I really like that you talked about the difference between the definition of knowledge and physical knowledge. There were some awkward sentences in there, but nothing that can’t be fixed with a little editing. Overall, really great post!


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