Samuel Johnson stated “Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it” (Richard Van De Lagemaat pg.28). Many philosophers constructed their ideologies by exploring the world around them and for their sense of curiosity. However, as the years passed, many of the theories proven changed due to new information discovered. The reason for these new discoveries to occur was because of “curiosity”. Curiosity opened the doors for inquiry and great ideas or even inventions. Before one can address the prescribed question they must first know what the usages of the words ‘new ways of thinking, facts and data’. These words have several possible meanings and can be interpreted differently based on our perception. As a result it can contribute to how well we understand the claim suggested. However, the claim above will be taken into consideration through the areas of: mathematics, natural sciences and lastly the arts. Personally, both discovering new ways of thinking and learning new data or facts are equally important since both aspects are required when it comes to this claim.
Math is known to become an international language where people can understand and resolve their differences. Math seems to be transnational with its rules and regulations. That’s one of the reasons we don’t really argue about who are right or wrong when it comes to this topic because we all know that there is a method on how to arrive to the correct answer. However, this raises the question to what extent people’s beliefs about the value of mathematics are determined by their ability in the subject. People who aren’t really good or excel in math would have a negative feedback about the value of math compared...
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...eing questioned and debated which help scientists and innovators come up with new ways of thinking. New ideas guide scientists into the right direction in order to find more facts to support the new theory. However, in the case of the arts, originality seems to be a key role. For an art work to be considered a masterpiece it usually has to be based on some previously discovered technique or fact. Both discovering new ways of thinking and learning new data or facts are equally important since both aspects intertwine with one another.
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