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Tok: Autobiography Of The Knower: Describe Seminal Moments In Your Own History Of Knowing.

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Naman Kanakiya 9/1/07Theory of Knowledge (Dr. Richardson)Autobiography of the KnowerMy life has been a whirlwind of changes in belief. For instance I remember that when I was young, I used to believe that Santa Clause existed. I assumed that since I had seen Santa Clause, that someone gave me presents every year and that everyone else believed in Santa Clause, he must exist. Unbeknownst to me, I had already taken a stand on inter-subjectivity at that time. However there came a time when I caught my parents in the act. My beliefs were shattered. All my reason and my perception had betrayed me. I then came up with a stance, a stance I hoped I would never forget. The stance was not to fully believe in anything.This stance was verified and strengthened when various people told me they had surprises for me. At the beginning I would believe and hope that it would be something big, like a new video game or a new soccer ball. Over time though, most of the surprises turned out to be pointless stuff and for the second time I came up with the conclusion to never fully believe in anything. School tried to eradicate that belief from me, but it failed and actually strengthened my beliefs. They did this through subjects like the Sciences and History. In any science subject that I would study, there would be constant revision and refining of what was actually happening. In History, it was impossible to know anything for certain, because of the bias and censorship. However, what changed and strengthened my beliefs the most was and is a class called Theory of Knowledge.The class challenged me to look at things from many perspectives. It defined my previous belief, and temporarily changed my into skeptic which is a person who believes that the world may or may not exist and that if it does exist, it may or may not be the way it seems to you. The class made even made me a solipsist for one day, as I could not prove that anything existed. However I came to the conclusion that there is no point of being a solipsist, for even if the world does not exist, I am still trapped in my mind....

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