Approaches to the Construction of Knowledge

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We, as human beings, are active processors of information. As our lives progress, we use a series of different interactions between ourselves and the real world to gain important intelligence, which we define as empirical evidence as we use our five senses to obtain it. We utilize this evidence in order to create a sure understanding of the world we exist in, and thus knowledge. Knowledge has no end in the sense that we are constantly absorbing information through our everyday lives, surrounding environments and experiences. As this knowledge is stored in our minds, it must have a starting point from which to continuously build on, as the complexity of information we are exposed to increases. The claim “knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organization of facts” then becomes relevant as our quest for knowledge can be seen as a constant building process. Nonetheless, we need to consider arising issues such as how reliable these processes are in extending our knowledge within different areas of knowledge (AOK) and how we can measure its effectiveness. Therefore, we need to start by looking at the strengths and weaknesses of these systematic approaches in constructing our overall understanding of knowledge. The knowledge issue is how can we know that a systematic processing of facts can allow a thorough understanding in the areas of the mathematics and history? To begin, we must first establish what is meant by the terms “fact” and “systematic organization”. From my own perspective, I defined the first term as a piece of evidence which is true and which cannot be discarded or disputed in a logical manner. They are the concrete realities which no amount of reasoning can alter. For example, in 6th grade, I experienced a case o... ... middle of paper ... ... in order to form the cause and effect relationship of a given event or in determining the event’s significance in the greater context of history. Accordingly, it aids in building a comprehensive understanding of the true nature of history by producing concrete evidence to explain the significance of the past events. Equally important is how we measure the effectiveness of this approach. Knowledge being nothing more than a product of this systematic processing is largely supported by the certainty achieved along the way which allows the facts to be beyond reasonable doubt. I have come to conclude as a knower, an in-depth examination in the areas of knowledge is a result of the systematic organization of undeniable facts. Simply put, the process of using the things we know for sure to gain further knowledge is essential in expanding our overall understanding.
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