Do You Have What it Takes? A Breakdown of the Educated Person
An educated person is a well rounded person. To be educated is to
knowledgeable in many areas. Diversity is essential in the sense that many
different things inspire thought, which then derive permanent conclusions from
these experiences. Anyone who has the audacity to call themselves educated
needs to have a firm grasp of many different areas. These categories span
through Science, Technology, Language, Art, Feelings and Values. All of these
are building blocks that help make up an educated person, but just as important,
these are the same qualities that form an individual.
One of the most important concepts that a person learns from Science is
a fundamental thinking process. This process starts with curiosity, asking the
question," Why does that work?" It then moves on to theorizing or guessing.
Next, this person takes his or her theory and puts it to the test by conducting
various experiments. Finally this individual will draw a final conclusion from
those findings. Science also helps a person look at things objectively, which
means there is no feelings influencing experiments that can lead to fraudulent
conclusions. This can be a double edged sword however, because in many
instances when a scientist is emotionally removed from the experiments performed,
the question, "Should I?", is never asked. For instance under the reign of
Hitler many cruel medical experiments were preformed. In The Medical
Experiments by William Shirer the author states,"Prisoners were placed in high
pressure chambers and subjected to high-altitude tests until they ceased
breathing. They were injected with lethal doses of typhus and jaundice. They
were subjected to 'freezing' experiments in icy water or exposed naked in the
snow outdoors until they froze to death." This also deals with the subject of
values and will be discussed detail later.
Probably the most positive way to utilize Science would be to take it to
the next level, Technology. This is were an educated person takes what laws and
theories he learns in science and integrates them into everyday life, finding
ways to make life easier and arguably better. I say arguably because many
educated people are against technological advancement. These philosophers say
that technologies are being probed without understanding and therefore they are
being abused. These philosophers feel that this will be the chief downfall of
humankind. Mary E. Clark showed her opposition in her article Science and
Values, in which she states,"When such knowledge is used to manipulate Nature we
call it 'technology', and over the past century this manipulative capacity has
grown to the point where we can now annihilate ourselves as a species."
Another important aspect of being an educated person is a firm grasp of...