The given statement is that knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organisation of facts. I absolutely agree with the idea that the knowledge we humans use is based on a systematic organisation of facts. Therefore my answer to this question is “yes” and I am going to show that knowledge is merely based on facts and not intuition or emotions for example.
First I will give a short explanation about the word “knowledge” and the phrase “systematic organisation” and define what a “fact” is, then I will discuss my statement in relation to two areas of knowledge, which are in my example Science and Art. Counter-claims will be given in both areas to my stated thesis and that will lead me to my conclusion in the end.
“Knowledge” in the way it is meant in the statement above is the combination of information, skills, facts and acts one does and has because of experience, education and the ability to draw conclusions.
You should consider that the knowledge you gain is depending on the knowledge the authority, teaching you in terms of education, believes in. So for example 20 years ago a student of the Federal Republic of Germany learnt in history class totally different political issues and facts than students of politics classes of the German Democratical Republic (GDR) studied or gained.
A real life example is the topic “Cuba”. A teacher at a GDR-school would have told that Fidel Castro, the former leader of Cuba, is a brother in political ideas, that the socialistic thinking is better than the democratic one and that if we all pull on one string, we will change the world to a socialistically more suitable one.
A FRG- teacher would have told you that the people of Cuba are without the right to leave the country, to think what they want to, to vote or to have any alternatives.
So we have to reflect that knowledge in some way depends on the authority who is teaching you- and his or her attitude towards the world.
A “systematic organisation” means to me and in my argumentation that one is able to structure the mentioned information, skills, facts and acts to draw logical conclusions, to cope with unexpected situations and to generate ones own intelligence.
Facts are things that really occurred and that are incontestably and already analysed. Facts must be proven and backed up with evidence, scientists usually do that by experiments.
To get a better access to the theme I will focus on two special areas of knowledge, Natural science and art. To me both of these fields are different and so I may get a wider range of ideas and examples to discuss the given statement.
I am starting with the topic Science. The systematic organisation of facts sounds already as if it could be related to this discipline. Science is something that can be usually relied on, because scientists research information over a longer period of time to come to a clear conclusion.
An example for this is: When I was young I thought that leaves just fall down from trees randomly...