Is Doubt the Key to Knowledge?

1437 WordsJul 17, 20186 Pages
Doubt is the middle ground between blind acceptance and outright refusal to believe. Doubt lends itself to a certain uncomfortable feeling of questioning but is a necessary tool to reach perceived truth and knowledge. Without doubt, one would believe anything he or she is told; it is a natural filter for the information thrust upon us. Doubt is in some ways the opposite of faith. Faith insinuates an acceptance so powerful that one does not need evidence to back up one’s claim. The lack of evidence does not bother the faithful, but it will pester the doubter like an insatiable itch. But the specter of doubt looms over the doubter, demanding that questions be asked of whatever “fact” has been presented. The doubter will use the four ways of…show more content…
Language was perhaps most auspiciously used when identifying the misnomer of Pontius Pilate, Procurator. Doubt has led us to knowledge about one of the most mysterious and often impermeable aspects of humanity: history. Doubt is also a necessary element in human sciences. Without it, no progress would ever be made. In centuries past, physicians bled patients to release bad “humors,” a now undoubtedly useless medical practice. If no one had ever doubted the practicality of “bleeding” either by cutting or by the application of leeches, the practice would still be used today despite its dangers and pointlessness. Better medical knowledge arises from discussion, exploration, and technology. All of these come from a person doubting that the current method or knowledge is the best. Knowledge in one sector of human science, psychology, is frequently doubted. Criticism is an unavoidable part of any psychologist’s research. Criticism leads to further studies that either reinforce or repudiate various aspects of studies. One example is the fallacy of the 50 percent schizophrenia twin concordance rate. It is a commonly held belief in psychiatry that if schizophrenia is a genetic disorder then other mental disorders must be too. Dr. Jay Joseph doubted this idea and re-analyzed all published twin schizophrenia studies. His in-depth analysis revealed that in many cases the schizophrenia twin research had been plagued by unsound methodology, researcher bias,
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