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Epistemology Final – Courtney

When we started this unit i thought that it wouldn’t be that hard because knowledge is all around us and knowledge is everything!! So how hard could it be? I was mistaken though, the detail in which we had to research our initial questions made this unit very interesting and I actually learnt a lot.

Discussion: 

The first thought that popped into my mind about the unit of knowledge was “knowledge is endless”. No one can accurately or definitely define knowledge. Knowledge is many things, it is power, is it unique, it is knowing you know nothing and i believe that all of these examples tie together to show that knowledge is in fact everything and endless at the same time.

Once i decided on my question I started this process by coming up with my own questions and ideas. Some of these were..

-Is it possible for one person to be smarter or more knowledgeable than another? Because everyone has areas that they perhaps excel in more than others.

-Do we learn things without even knowing it?

-Can being too knowledgeable ever be a bad thing or hold you back for some reason?

-I believe that knowledge is absolutely everything and surrounds us everyday.

I spoke with Erin, Helena, Tali and Alejandro quite a lot about this topic. When Erin and I talked about my statement about knowledge is endless, she agreed with me but also said something that stood out to me. Erin asked “how do we measure knowledge and know how much someone has learned or if it endless? and there is no real answer to that question because there is no way to measure knowledge. So I realized that knowledge being endless is just a thing that i believe strongly but cant actually ever prove.
When Helena, Tali, Alejandro and I spoke we got off topic a little and ended up trying to figure out if knowledge is perception or capital T Truth. This discussion made me realize that knowledge in a way is a very personal topic and may mean different things to different people. So back to my topic, i realized that i believe knowledge is endless but others may believe that once you’ve learnt all you can about a subject then that is that.

Reading:

I did my research on “knowledge is endless” and wasn’t able to find that many blogs that helped answer my questions but instead i did find a couple really good quotes which opened my mind more to the concept of “knowledge is endless”. They are stated in my previous “reading” blog posts. By finding them i realized that no matter how smart we think we are, how much we study or how much we actually know, it will never be close to knowing all we can because knowledge IS endless. There will ALWAYS be someone who knows more than you, there were always be new knowledge about certain things being brought to our attention and we will never stop learning, even if we want to.

Phils Day Off:

My goal for Phil’s day off was to figure out if it is at all possible to truly know how much there is to learn in the world and I learnt quite a lot from it.

One day at work I asked all my co-workers if they had learned anything new that day and some of the answers i got were actually surprising. The one that really stood out to me was “each day we constantly learn new things, sometimes without even knowing.” I learnt that its true!  Even if we decide to just stay home one day and do nothing, we are actually learning something, we would learn that we are in fact lazy and sometimes like relaxing at home instead of going out.

Final:

I really enjoyed the epistemology unit. It made me realize that the world we live in is basically one big encyclopedia that we are constantly learning new things from.

This Phil’s day off was different from the last because I felt as if I knew what project to do and what questions to ask to make it more  meaningful. I think I definitely was able to  get more of my questions about Epistemology answered than I was during the Metaphysics unit.

After talking with my classmates and researching my topic online, It helped me realize that no matter what the topic is everyone will always have a different opinion on it. I also realized that knowledge as a whole is actually a way bigger topic than i thought and its actually scary to think we will never/cant ever realistically know everything there is to know. I think the conversations i had with classmates about this topic were much more in depth than previous ones.

I have learnt that i believe knowledge is endless and that even if you think you know everything, in our changing society, there will always be new things to learn.

 

 

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