Theory Of Knowledge Essay

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When I was first introduced to Einstein's famous relativity equation in physics, ''E=mc2", I subsequently felt that all questions relating to energy can be answered using it. However, I was not aware of the many other energy formulas available until my studies progressed. The partiality in mind and the dependence on one specific source of knowledge, like my dependence on the relativity equation, act as the ''hammer'' to the problems faced in life, or in my case, the topic questions. I used to believe that the topic questions are all identical because I only depended on my memory to ensure that I can solve them. In this essay, I will investigate two tools that aid us in the process of corroboration. Firstly, I will be looking at how the strong faith we have always had and still have for what the authorities publicize can act as a tool to determine what we accept as knowledge in society and what we do not consider as shared knowledge. This is observed through historical development. Secondly, I will be discussing how we use our naked eyes, as tools of perception, to acquire knowledge. I shall try to explain the advantages and disadvantages of depending on our ways of knowing, as they can limit our pursuit of knowledge and/or lead to acquiring the knowledge needed from our outside world.
Reliance has always been a factor contributing to the way we obtain knowledge. In one of my History classes, I was surprised when I came across one of the greatest phenomena that affected how people used to think. Prior to the Scientific Revolution and because of their strong faith towards the findings of the Catholic Church, people used to depend on what the Church had to publicize in order to accept or reject knowledge. All daily life matters in Europe were dictated by religion. The Catholic Church supported the Geocentric Model of the universe, suggesting that Earth was the center of the universe and that God, stars and heavenly spirits were at the end of the universe. This knowledge acted as the 'tool' to everything on Earth. Therefore, astronomy practices performed by individuals were restricted by Catholicism. This limited the way people obtained knowledge, as it was solely governed by the Church. People had no right to question what the Church publicized. Despite of that, the strong trust people had for the Church acted as a tool in the pursuit of knowledge, as depending on one source can limit your knowledge and restrict it to one perspective, as seen by the limits the Catholic Church put on medieval society.
The Church, however, developed with time and the ideas that the authorities believed in previously started to fade away. The advancement of the Church with time reached the stage of abandoning its theories when people like Galileo provided statistics, proving the Church's astronomy theories wrong. The Church tried to convince Galileo to abandon his theories but it was too late, as these conflicting ideas had already started to spread in society....

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