The Problem Of Knowledge Due To Language

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The Problem of Knowledge Due to Language

Language is defined as a collection of agreed symbols or signs that
communicate/transfer ideas, knowledge, emotion, factual, and abstract
between beings (senders and receivers). This enables each being to
interact with others efficiently. It also enhances knowledge in
various ways. Language is a contraction of ideas, which is in the form
that can be conveniently exposed to other beings. Each group of people
develop their own language to serve their use. In all kinds of
socialisation, language is the main tool that is used to expose
sentiments. In society, people use language, includes both spoken and
non-spoken language, to convey, comprehend, and exchange information.
Nevertheless, since we use language to express our knowledge, ideas
and thoughts, limitation of language may arise in many areas of
knowledge, such as human science and natural sciences.

Many areas of knowledge rely very much to support itÂ’s claims of
knowledge. Knowledge can hardly be expressed without language. In many
aspects, language can obscure and confuse knowledge. A
miscommunication can occur when we use different languages since
meaning of words can sometimes be confusing through insufficiently
translation: สาร (san) in Thai is a specialized chemistry word which
means ‘substances’. This word, however, according to Thai dictionary,
it generally means ‘a large elephant’.

‘The limit of my language stands for the limits of my world’

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Natural Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology and
Botany, is the study of the physical world. What makes Natural Science
different from other areas of knowledge is that we gain knowledge by
using ‘scientific method’ which made up of observation, reason and
experiment. It is significant that the method of observations,
reasoning and experiments can be repeated and checked independently by
the others. Throughout scientific method, language is used to report
observation and experiment, and then experiment helps to contribute
laws. ‘Science seeks to discover and formulate in general terms the
conditions under which events occurÂ’ Ernest Nagel. Thus, language has
an important role in gaining, proving and reporting knowledge. Natural
Science relies very much on language. Without language, laws and
theory cannot be contributed; experiments and observations cannot be
reported. Although, a diagram can be drawn to illustrate experiments
and observation, language is still indeed very significant in order to
describe and explain laws and theories.

One problem, which may arise in Natural Science, is that scientists
use specialized language which probably can hardly be understood by
those who do not have backgrounds about Science before. For instance,
in chemistry, letters are used to...

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