Talons Philosophy

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Knowledge. – Mid Term

Knowledge is an essential aspect of life; it’s something that we strive to obtain every day both consciously and unconsciously. It’s the accumulation of a person’s experiences in life, and how he or she reacts to it. Each person has a unique reception to events, and can impact them as a person differently.

It is evident that knowledge is something that we posses as a species because we as individuals are able to develop skills and awareness as a person and use that development to grasp onto many aspects of our lives.

Proposition: Knowledge is the accumulation of information in a  person’s life experiences and how he or she directs that information through life

Premise 1: We extract information from observing and recalling the events that happen to us, by making connections

Premise 2: Humans incorporate that information into themselves and apply that information to daily life scenarios upon scenarios of need

A person obtains information when experiencing an event. When that person first experiences an event they can either accept the result of that scenario as a fact of this dimension or connect the result to previous events that happened to him or her and either confirm or agree their hypothesis. By being able to recognize that information and grasp onto it, they essentially add onto themselves and strengthen themselves as an individual in terms of knowing.

Connections can also be made to obtain information for example, a person has never ate a guava before, but has had the opportunity to taste many other fruits such as pears, apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries and several others. He may not know what a guava tastes like, but through his previous interactions with fruits, he can infer that guava would taste slightly sweet because of the white flesh,similar to pears, and have a crispness to it, similar to apples. A person can connect similarities of each different information that he has to make new information. The extraction of information, can also happen after the event has already occurred, through recalling the event and reanalyzing it.

Eventually, the extracted information becomes a part of that human, and he or she grows as a person. Humans use the information that they’ve extracted from their encounters and apply it to solve problems and help them through life. A person is constantly faced with problems that can only be solved through the development of knowledge. For instance, for a person to solve a math problem, they must first learn the fundamentals of math and learn how to apply it. Eventually, their learning of math eventually becomes a part of them and the way they think, that is knowledge.

Aristotle is a philosopher that helps to stem further into my area of thought. He is a philosopher that believed in the development of an individual through their experiences and how a person is a reflection of the accumulative experiences he or she has experienced throughout life.  To him thought is largely based on logic and empirical evidence, and it is only logical for a human to be a mirror of all that he has experienced. Like a sponge, a human soaks up experiences that happened . He also agrees that the human train of thought acts as tunnels connecting one fact to another inferring information, creating knowledge.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

 

Personally for me, my knowledge is the accumulation of the experiences that I have been through and a reflection of how i reacted to each scenario. All that I  am -my roots as an individual, the traits that I default to, the composition of my morals – is a impression of the events that unraveled throughout my life.

As a child, I spent the first eight years of my life in China, and those years being in China rooted moulded me as a person. My years in China and on top of being in a very traditional oriental household forged a very unprogressive world view. It wasn’t until I came to Canada that I opened my eyes and accepted that there were different ways of thinking – and to be more accepting of people who were different. How I accepted the more liberal Canadian way of thinking changed me as a person, adding to my bank of knowledge. My experiences in China gradually turned into a piece of knowledge in my ocean of knowledge. Knowledge that renders in my mind every time I interact with someone who shares a similar belief with my former self. It is a string that helps me relate to other people, and connects me with others.

 

 

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