Talons Philosophy

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Experiences Become Knowledge

Knowledge is given to us through experience, whether that is through our own personal ventures or through that of others. Our personal experiences are what is called direct knowledge or knowledge by acquaintance. And the knowledge passed through person to person is what is called indirect knowledge or knowledge by description. And I am here to tell you that you can only truly know it is in fact true through personal experience.

Premise 1: If personal experience is achieved through one’s interactions.

Premise 2: And if experience can also be acquired through one’s observations.

Premise 3: And if we can comprehend the experience.

Conclusion: Then knowledge comes from our personal experiences.


Knowledge: Information learned through direct knowledge and knowledge by acquaintance.

Direct Knowledge: Direct knowledge is something that we gain from observing something happening.

Knowledge by Acquaintance: Knowledge that we gain through hands on experience.

Experience: The accumulation of knowledge or skill resulting from direct participation

Observation: The action or process of observing something or someone carefully or in order to gain information.

Comprehend: To be able to grasp mentally; understand

Premise 1: If personal experience is achieved through one’s interactions

One of the ways that knowledge is acquired is through the interactions that we have everyday. This form of gaining knowledge is called knowledge by acquaintance. A philosopher by the name of Bertrand Russel believes that k
knowledge is obtained through a direct interaction between a person and the object that person is perceiving. So what Russel is trying to say is, is that if I stick my hand under a tap and it is cold, then I gained knowledge through direct interaction that the water is cold. The opposite of this would be reading information from a book and having someone tell you that this is true and you should take their word for it. Truthful knowledge can only be gained from our own personal experiences that we interact with everyday.


Premise 2: And if experience can also be acquired through one’s observations

In this second premise I state how the other way knowledge can be acquired through experience is through observation. When I say observation I mean anything to do with your senses, so sight, smell, hearing, etc. Direct knowledge is knowledge that we acquire from observing something happening. So an example of this would be observing someone in a store and then counting how many carrots they purchase. So basically why direct knowledge is a key way to acquire knowledge from experience is because you see both the cause and the effect of what you are observing, which in turn grants you knowledge. Another example of being able to gain a prove truthful knowledge is if your textbook says the sky is blue, you can prove that is correct by simply walking outside and observing the sky and looking with your eyes that it is in
fact blue.

Premise 3: And if we can comprehend the experience

In order for us to be able to take the experience and turn it into knowledge we must be able to comprehend what we experienced and that we are able to grasp it and acknowledge it as knowledge and not just another of the many of experiences that we have on a daily basis.

In conclusion to my personal opinion as to what knowledge is I will conclude with this. In order for us to fully grasp the amount of knowledge that we gain everyday through the experiences that we have we have to be able comprehend and convert the experience to knowledge no matter how insignificant it may seem. Because all knowledge is significant and that knowledge is in everything that we do, we just have to be able to take our interactions and observations and make those into knowledge. So therefore………

Knowledge comes from our personal experiences












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