Tok Essay: Ways of Knowing

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Tok Essay Ways Of Knowing Using one way of knowing is not enough if you want to determine if something is true or if something is believed to be true. The different ways of knowing are sense perception, reasoning, emotion and memory. Plato once stated that knowledge is “Justified true belief” which just goes to show that in order to obtain knowledge, we need to know certain thing as a fact, not belief. When we believe something is true, we do not know it for certain. We just have faith in the fact that it is true. To test if our beliefs are real and true, we can use the different ways of knowing to confirm or abolish our beliefs. However these ways of knowing each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Sense perception is…show more content…
Another part of reasoning is proportion. Putting something in proportion gives us a more accurate view of something we are trying to find out. However, this can make reasoning fallible because external forces can influence it. Emotion is a very flawed way to make the distinction between belief and truth. This is because things that influence us very easily mislead our emotions and so we cannot determine a truth by only using our emotion. For instance some person that loves to play video games might start to dislike it because he keeps losing. The more times he loses the more upset he gets and the more he starts to dislike the game. Pretty soon he might lose interest and start to dislike video games altogether. It is also very easy to cloud people’s judgment by playing on their emotions causing them to hold a false truth or belief. Memory is another fallible devise used to distinguish truth from belief. The older you get the harder it is to recall things set early on in your life, or even earlier that same day. This poses a very big problem because sometimes when you have to identify someone that you have only seen once, you could have major difficulties recalling their features. For instance, in a police investigation, the victims usually have to give an accurate description of the suspect. Speaking from

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