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Our knowledge is indeed an interpretation of our experiences and facts that we have learned or acquired throughout life. Nonetheless, it is impossible to have a full knowledge of everything or to, at least, try to know everything because knowledge is so broad and extensive that it makes this task quite impossible. Therefore, we store our knowledge in structures so we can navigate through it. It is important to have in mind that there is not absolute knowledge because the acquisition of it is also biased by our different ways of knowing such as emotion and reason. Thus, this statement is to a large extent true that our knowledge is a collection of scraps and those new fragments that are found can alter our entire design of our knowledge. For example in natural sciences, theories and laws of physics, biology, and chemistry can modify the way that we explain natural and artificial events because our world is in constant change, so does technology, which leads scientists and researchers to new finding, this might complement the knowledge that we already know or it might also change it drastically. Furthermore, in history new archeological findings can contradict and ultimately alter our formal conception of the events that have happened in the past. On the other hand, this statement can be somehow not truth, in a small extent, because regardless of new findings, these, so called, new information can be limited to the public thus not leading to an open overview of the subject. For instance, in history, new archeological findings are limited to the public thus they are not fully aware of the situation and past events that might have happened. While, in natural sciences is different because the issue relies on the people who keep believing in disproved scientific theories, since natural sciences has always been connected to proved findings, and people are always aware of new findings.

As introduced before one issue regarding knowledge is the fact that it might not be fully open to public. Thus, to what extent is “new” knowledge limited to the public? This arising problem is quite important, regarding the previous statement, because how can our whole design be affected, if we do not know new information completely to merge it with our previous information? Therefore, knowledge is limited to a large extent, since many new fragments that are been found are not shown to the entire public, which decreases the social awareness about what, in fact, is truly happening. This concept can be applied in the following example, regarding history, with the Mesopotamian civilization. Many people think that the Mesopotamian civilization was the first organized society to appear in the world. However, new technology such as carbon-14 dating, led to new archeological findings. These new discoveries have pointed that there are much older civilizations located in different places such as India and China. However, this kind of new information has been limited to the...

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