The Pursue of Knowledge

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In the pursuit of knowledge, anyone should be able to recognize their emotions and know when to trust them. Being able to trust your emotions depends on the situation you are in and what you have to deal with. Throughout life, one has to use their knowledge to make right decisions and to decide what would be best for them. According to Plato, “knowledge is a justified true belief”. Knowledge requires belief to maintain knowing a certain proposition; and some levels of justification and truth is needed for knowledge. Science and History are two of the main subjects that people rely on in life and base their everyday choices off them. Basing your knowledge on your emotions is not a reliable way to understand the real world and by using that is not the best way to learn new information. In the case of "hard" sciences, like math and science, one would not want to rely just on emotions, but rather on empirical evidence.

Everyone has their own approach to how they react to every situation that occurs in an individual’s life. In order to gain knowledge, one must learn about different topics and be open minded in life about all the different perspectives of other people. Science is one thing that people need to keep an open mind about and understand different perspectives in order to understand how things in life work. Back in history, people thought the earth revolved around the sun--because of their feelings about religion. But that turned out to be false, though people didn't want to believe it. So that's an example of why it's not a good idea to rely on emotions with science. It was Galileo who figured out that the earth revolves around the sun, but the Church taught that the sun revolved around the earth, and so they didn't want...

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...only information that you think is correct is not the right way to gain knowledge even if you may think you are 100 percent correct. The more we want something to be true, the more we are determined to proof ourselves.

In the pursuit of knowledge, emotion can play a very important role depending on the situation. When it comes to finding the truth, logic and reason is superior over emotion because it is backed up with facts. Today, people still use emotion when coming to decisions be it political, moral, etc. We need to go beyond this and look at all available evidence so we can be objective as possible. This will allow us great discoveries for the future. Knowing when to trust our emotions will allow us to be in control of what we are learning, and not be swayed so easy by our moods and desires.

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survival of the sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem
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