Monday, August 15, 2016

What does it mean to know something

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 As I wake up from a nap I shouldn't of taken i wonder what does it mean to know something. Personally I think this is a hard topic to discuss because it no something I think about often. It is one of those things that has a general meaning that everyone has their own perception on it.

When I took a while to think about I think there are many different ways of knowing. For example when I learn 12 times 5 is 60 is different from when I say I know my music in band class. In the 12 times 5 example it is more of a pre-set standard from old dead white guys that is known. Everyone can agree that 12 times 5 is 60. When we come to band situation I can say I know my music then i go to play it and i hit a couple wrong notes, but I played the general part. To my instructor knowing my music is playing every not in time within the sound of the ensemble. I think the other kind of knowing is that kind where it depends on their persons personal opinion. There is no right or right to know.

Trying to answer this question has really make me do heavy duty thinking witch is not really my specialty. To start I had to think of whats the first thing that comes to mind when I think about knowing. the first thing that came to my mind was knowledge. This because I think their is a direct relation between the two.The definition of knowledge facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. This definition has two key factors experience and understanding. 

Experience is a  big part in the act of knowing because it is like causation of knowing. When we experience things we tend to say we know them. For example if you experience riding your bike you say u know how to ride a bike. Before that experience we don't tend to say we know how to ride a bike, but as i was thinking about this it brought up some more questions. Like how do we know how to breath and see as soon as we are born without experiencing it. Are we born with knowledge? This is why knowing is more than just Experience. Another example of this the act of forgetting. When we forget things do we not know them. We experienced them and or understood them yet we don't know them. Yet we can remember them, so is the information stored in the back of brains? In that case even if we forget things we must still know them, but not be able to recall them. The real question when do we truly not know something.       

1 comment:

  1. You have raised some interesting ideas here, and you are on the right track in your focus on the QUESTIONS rather than the answers. Often in TOK the Questions will get left unanswered, or partially answered, or answered in a way that doesn't feel altogether fulfilling.

    I'm interested in your claim that 12*5=60 comes from "old dead white guys." I can think of a lot of knowledge claims for which I would agree with you. That "the mona lisa is beautiful" or that "the Great Gatsby is an excellent novel" or "Columbus discovered America." These "FACTS" seem very much culturally determined, which I guess could mean that they are really the products of the "old-dead-white-guy calculus" for knowledge verification.

    But 12*5=60...Wasn't that true even before old dead white guys? I guess it raises a question about the nature of Math: Is math created like a work of art, or is it somehow inherently true?

    On format: You should make it your goal to write coherently and clearly. I understand that big ideas can cause your brain to get tangled up, but the hard work of writing MUST BE the untangling of the knot into something focused. For you, this means putting your time and energy into correcting your prose with proper capitalization and punctuation.

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