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Knowledge Through Bungee Jumping

Knowledge Is Gained Through Experience And is Applied Through Communication

Premise 1: Knowledge is gained through experience.

My empirical view is  that knowledge is gained through experience, and you use your knowledge to get an outcome of something that you would like to happen. The term “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” It may be a cheesy and comical euphemism however, it sums up what knowledge is to me. Knowledge is something you know because you have been through an experience or have seen or heard someone else go through an experience. Experiences have good and bad outcomes and you make your decisions based on your belief of these experiences. The euphemism demonstrates knowledge because you have been fooled once in your past experiences, therefore you know not to be fooled again. If you get fooled again, you are not applying your knowledge because you should have known to not repeat the same thing twice.

Premise 2: Verbal and non-verbal communication is a form of experience.

I believe that all experiences revolve around communication. We start to learn from others the very first day we are born. We learn who supplies us with food and what facial expressions are. We learn how to walk and talk. All of these things are communication because one person is communicating something to another person by what they are saying or by what they are doing. Earlier in life, knowledge is formed by what you see is what you get. Someone smiles, they are happy. Someone cries, they are sad. Later, knowledge is more dependent on comparing what you see and hear with what you already know. The ability to recognize and make connections changes the way that knowledge is created. For example, you might see someone cry right after something really amazing life experience and you know they are not crying because they are sad.

premise 3: Knowledge is applied through communication of basic needs.

Communication happens through our senses. Things that we see, hear, smell, taste and feel communicate certain knowledge about the world. When we are first building knowledge, we don’t have very many ways to communicate. Our basic needs drive communication and with experience we learn more ways to get what we need and we apply knowledge through communicating. For example, a baby is hungry so it cries and the mother knows from experience that the baby is hungry, but the baby doesn’t know that the mom is going to respond to its needs. But the mother does respond. Once the baby knows that the mother is going to respond to its needs, it motivates them to cry more to have its needs met. Communication of needs builds knowledge.


who/ which theories help me explain this?

John Locke sees knowledge as being built through experience. First you are a blank page and then your experiences are the colours on the paper.

I agree with Locke that knowledge is built from experience at first. When you are an infant you observe and begin to put some colour on your page, but then once you have some knowledge you  make connections and you make new knowledge by forming those connections – you combine the colours in your own way.


Knowledge through bungee jumping

Before I went bungee jumping, I watched the people ahead of me scared and screaming as they took a 150 foot jump. This led me to believe that I was in for a terrifying, horrible experience. It took me around fifteen minutes to work up the courage to overcome my fear, based on my previous knowledge of people screaming. My knowledge tricked me into feeling scared.  Once I finally jumped, my experience of the adrenaline and exhilaration gave me the knowledge of why people want to experience this thrilling activity. My knowledge of bungee jumping could only be fully developed through my experience. Seeing other people bungee jump wasn’t enough to know bungee jumping.



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