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The Theory Of Knowledge Essay

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A couple of days ago, a picture of a toddler, no older than two years old, sitting in the toilet juggling a laptop, headphones and a plate of pasta all at once, went viral. We live in the age of the multi tasker, multi-minded and multi-perspective. However, no matter how many pictures of multi-tasking toddlers surface the web, the notion that we as a society have become more multi-minded is an assumption. It is the illusionary dream of globalization created by new-found abilities like falling in love via Instagram or arguing with governors about political reforms in just 140 characters. However, amidst of an overflowing amount of information from various perspectives around the world, human beings still seem to fixate on one thing they excel at or love, we tend to take only the hammer out of our toolbox. This led me to ask myself, in a time where globalization has peaked as you can visit a country from your bed, is single-mindedness a problem or a trademark that sets you apart? This question inspired the knowledge issue, Is being conditioned to having only one perspective hindering one's pursuit of knowledge? Through the exploration of the ways of knowing like emotion and reason and areas of knowledge like art, I will critically analyze this question through the perspective of professional, religious, or/and demographic bias, and how they install a conditioned mindset that hinders our ability to solve problems effectively and attain new knowledge.

Personally, all my life I have heard claims such as “Of course she is bad at math, she is an artist”. These assumptions flood our modern society, and leads us to believe that possessing a unique talent is mutually exclusive. Consequently, this exclusiveness of skill creates a war of importance between careers. Pitrim Sorokin, coined the term “professional deformation” to refer to the “individual deformation of the reasoning processes and lack of sane valuation of the importance of their profession” (Langerock). This phenomenon occurs often and makes a person shape their identity solely around their profession. Because occupational fields, usually tend to focus on one approach to situations, they motivate the use of one way of knowing above the others. This not only boxes-in a person’s identity but also their ability to harness new knowledge. For instance, my father, all his life has been defined as an “economist” and, therefore, rational. He is excellent at mathematics and emotionally de-attached. For him, these are the qualities that have been incited by his occupation and that has allowed him to excel at his job. On the other hand, I am an artist. I excel at art and literature and dislike more logic-bases subjects. One instance, when our own professional deformations were put to the test was when faced with the dilemma of college choices. His perspective as an economist had all to do with costs, majors in demands and job placement after university while my worries were based on more holistic...

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