Reason as a Way of Knowing

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Reason is a way of knowing in which we construct meanings together through modifying and improving individual opinions and ideas, in order to reach a plausible or logical conclusion. In other words, reason is the ability to help people decide what is true and what is not. Most of the time, reason is more commonly related to math and science subjects, where logic is put into place in order to obtain logical validity and justify claims. Through observations and experiments, we can prove, within reason, whether a hypothesis is true or not, and in the end, broaden and individual’s knowledge. On the other hand, reason can cloud knowledge to a certain extent, in the case of different culture beliefs as well as more creative subjects such as…show more content…
Though this is a belief of the Chinese, it cannot be seen as plausible in the eye of science as it cannot be proven by any sort of scientific method. Additionally, reason can also be used as an advantage to explain certain superstitions. For example, in Chinese culture, it is said that leaving the toilet seat cover open brings bad luck, and that it should be left closed when it is not in used. A plausible reason is that an open toilet seat cover can probably lead to an unwanted unpleasant stench wafting throughout the entire house. Therefore, it is better to leave the toilet seat cover closed when it is not in use for hygiene purposes. Alternatively, reason may not always invoke truth or beliefs of some individuals. To put it in simpler terms, I belong to the Chinese culture, and it is considered bad luck to stick your chopsticks upright in your food. This is because it symbolizes an offering to the dead. Despite there being no scientific evidence to back up this belief, I avoid doing so as I was brought up with that knowledge and that it has been invoked in me ever since a young age. Though it may not be a logical and scientific reason, it is still a type of reason that is true based on my culture and belief. Therefore, reason can be purely objective or it can vary across cultures and beliefs. Thirdly, reason and logic is mostly used in science. Despite reason and logic being the basic and main structure of
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