Firstly let’s see that this may be a little confusing because I’m just on auto-pilot at the moment but hopefully this all makes sense, I still can’t believe I can still function this far into the semester, and now we’re doing a epistemology midterm! Sooo here we go again at where I think our knowledge comes from. These are my propositions and premises:
Proposition – We are born with the potential to gain knowledge
So what I mean by this is that, at birth we are given the five (5) senses, for us to be able to experience things in different ways. Such as touch, hear, see, taste, and feel things in the world of many weird things. But we don’t fully know everything just yet. So we use our senses to gain our basic knowledge like, the ability to talk, walk, speak. That means when we’re still young little boys and girls we really don’t know much yet. Until we’ve actually get into the curiosity mode in which we then start to want to try things like wanting to ride a bike, or wanting to learn how to write or read. In which help us develop our senses even more into things like fear, anger, unlike when we were little fetuses we were all just happy or sad, it was more black and white when we were younger. When we try new things to help us develop ourselves and help us develop out knowledge so it creates more shades than black and white. Like for example, athletes and scientists to contrast, athletes. So then this leads me to my premises:
Premise 1 – We are born with five (5) senses
In which I already kind of explained above there, at birth we are given the ability to hear, feel, see, taste, and touch things. So I believe that we are already given a sense of where we already are when we are born. We just couldn’t process it as well as we can now. All in all we were given the five sense for us to go discover the things that are out there in the big wide world we were put into. This premise then is quite easy to grasp (it had to be because there was nothing else to grasp onto)
Premise 2 – Through our senses, we use it to discover basic knowledge
What I mean by this is when we age, and get older and older we discover things that we were too scared to see or do or never knew how to do that certain thing. So like learning how to walk then learning how to run, or learning to speak from looking at everyone else speak, we gain the basic knowledge of speaking. Examples like learning how to ride a bike when explanations and observing, that’s how we gain basic knowledge like these.
Premise 3 – Through our experiences, we then enhance our basic knowledge
SO from my last two premises, I’ve basically said that we gain our basic knowledge from our senses. Now we use our basic knowledge to discover more knowledge. Let’s take a rocket scientist and an athlete to compare. Both of these two people would have to start off at the same route, but as we age and come in familiar with our basic knowledge and figure out our own interest we then use our basic knowledge to pursue that interest. So for rocket scientists they would have to focus on using their basic knowledge of understanding the complications and through practice and time they eventually come to a professional level. Similarly, athletes would too have to go through the same process or figuring out their interest. But for athletes to enhance their knowledge they would have to practice their physicality, and physical ability in order to move on toward enhancing their knowledge from the start.
The Squad who helped me think of this
At first I totally didn’t understand what any of these guys meant what they said in class, but eventually I got a little grasp and then used their ideas to come up with my proposition. The boys are Descartes and Kant, because I totally agree with Descartes that our ideas are inside our minds which we are born with, and then Kant’s theory which took a little longer to try to understand, but eventually i came to agree that knowledge are innate and also out there in the world for us to experience it. Plus I totally agree that knowledge can only be understood but only filtered through our senses.