The Theory of Knowledge

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Theory of Knowledge 5. "The historian's task is to understand the past; the human scientist by contrast, is looking to change the future." To what extent is this true in these areas of knowledge? Life is too short for any individual to make every mistake. We use history to learn where we come from and what caused events of the past to occur. It is important for us to have a strong and in depth understanding of what caused events such as the Renaissance all the way up to World War Two. Creating this strong in depth understanding of the past helps form a guide to make our future better. Human Science seeks the functionality of the human mind in order to reason why people act the way they do. These scientists find ways the mind works in order to avoid or coup with undesirable traits of our psyche. Both History and Human Science, even though completely different fields, use reason and emotion to gain knowledge of their areas of study. This leads us to the question "To what extent is the knowledge acquired by an Historian more or less reliable than the knowledge gained through reason and emotion in the sciences?". Historians attempt to identify what incidents and what kind of people changed the course of human history. Inquiring what caused those incidents to occur? What made people act like the way they did and why? Their studies observe both pleasant and cruel things of the past. Once able to recognize what produced a good or a bad event or maybe even a person in

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