Knowledge 2 Essay, Research Paper
Knowledge can be interpreted in many different ways. Some may see knowledge as learned education. Others may see education as intelligence. None of these perspectives of knowledge are right or wrong. Every person is entitled to their own definition, source, and use of knowledge in their lives. I view knowledge as the wisdom and insight that one may acquire over time, by personal experiences and influences in life.
Most of the basic knowledge acquired by people starting at a young age is in school. As young children, we learn elementary facts such as our numbers and the alphabet. The older we become, the more facts we are taught, and the more complex these facts become. The knowledge one may learn in school is what I think of as worldly knowledge that will get people into the colleges and jobs that they may desire. The people that are abundant in educational knowledge are the people who dominate our economy and run our country. Certainly, this is one of the more important types of knowledge there are and definitely one that we could not do without, but it is not quite as important as some of the others. Education is vital in life, but mere facts cannot aid in the solution to all problems.
Another source of knowledge is entertainment, such as in television, movies, books, or even music. Certain types of entertainment can even be education. For example, television shows such as 20/20 or DateLine are both very informative shows, but interesting enough to entertain the public. Entertainment can be tricky, though. The media can convince us, even brainwash us, to believe certain truths that may not be accurate. The television shows we watch and the music that we listen to are huge daily influences on our lives. They help shape the way we think, what we know, and what we feel. We follow the trends that television tells us are in and say the things that everyone says. We tend to try to model ourselves after the people on the big screen. The enormous impact that the media and entertainment industry has on the public grows daily with increasing technology. The internet is one of the newer sources of both education and entertainment. It is also fairly harmful. Many things that are banned from television and movies are easily accessible on the World Wide Web, to everyone, including children.
The relationships that we have with people, whether it is co-workers, family, or friends, directly influence us with every interaction. In the workplace, the people that one may work with affect our work habits. If a person works in a busy, fast-paced office, he will be used to that type of lifestyle. But if that same person were to move to a slow-paced, lazy office, he would feel unproductive and lazy.
At home, the people that we live with, our family, are our first teachers. Home is where we learn the morals a
nd values that we, as adults, pass on to our children. Our manners and etiquette that are learned at home are what we bring into the outside world and portray to others. The knowledge and insight that we acquire from our family members are never forgotten and stay in our hearts and minds for a lifetime.
I believe that the relationships one has with friends and lovers are important in shaping a person s thoughts and actions. These are the people that we turn to in good times and bad, troubles and joys. They are the ones we turn to for advice and consolment. They are the ones that are with us in difficult situations. For example, if there is a group of friends and a few start smoking, it is high likely for all of them to begin smoking. Boy/Girlfriends, however, are a different, more intimate type of influence. Personally, every guy that I have ever dated has changed me in some way, whether it is significant or not. Through the different experiences and emotions one may feel through falling in and out of love, one learns some of the most important lessons of life. Just from falling in love once, one can learn so many things through mistakes and good choices. Love is knowing.
My father is an extremely knowledgeable person. He may not be educated with diplomas and degrees, but he is educated with insight. His is a deeper knowledge that goes beyond the outside surface of people and into their hearts and souls. My father never passed high school education. The knowledge that he has acquired over the years has been purely from his own personal endeavors. I complemented him on his wisdom and he responded with this (in Korean):
I never thought I was smart. I hated school and always played tricks on fellow students and my teachers. I was a class clown. But as I grew older, I wished that I had paid more attention in my classes. It s such a waste.
My father is a perfect example of wisdom without academic excellence. Don t get me wrong. He is a very smart and clever man. His knowledge just was not learned by the books.
I ve had a hard life. I think I have. There have been so many hard times. Things always go wrong. But when something goes wrong, at least you learn and can keep it from happening again. I m smart. With old age comes wisdom, you know? With every little thing that happens in your life, you learn. As long as you keep learning, you re okay.
I believe that knowledge is a gift. It is something that one can never have enough of. It is special and different in it s own way in every individual. There is no bad or useless knowledge. Every type of knowledge has value, whether the knowledge is about math, cars, or even trash. Each piece of knowledge that we acquire make us into the people that we are. Knowledge is acquired not only through sights and sounds, but feelings and emotions. It is the key to life. As they say, knowledge is power.
TOEFL essay sample
Through the whole of our lives we do our best to gain the knowledge that will help us live better. we do our best while at school, at work, or anywhere. We just try to save as much informations as possible.
There are two sources for getting knowldage, the first one is through books, the second is through experience. In another word, there is a theorical and practical ways for gaining knowledge.
The most knoledge we gain in our young age is gained from books, we go to school and study in books all the subjects we need, languages, history, geography, and general education. Also adults get a lot of knowledge through books, because they are a very useful way for saving it, a very useful way also for forwarding it, there is a proverb that says. "the best freind is you book".
The second source of knowledge wich I think is more important is experience, it gives your real life situations, and make you experiment all what you have learned in books, take for example physics and scientific experiments, it is important to witness it to understand it well, books will never be able to explain the experiment and the results better than seeing it in real life.
I totaly agree with the statement that says. "Not everything that is learned is contained in books". For an instance, while looking for a job, employers look more importantly at the experience section in your resume or your CV, then comes on the second hand you diplomas and studies, because we all know that experience gives us the best knowledge and sometimes even in a short time.
To sum up, we should always try our best to gain as much knowledge as possible from experience through facing real life situations and real people and communicate with them, know their different ways of thinking, learn from other opinions and culturs, and also not to forget the help of theorical knowledge of books, because they also will never be replaced.
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Through the whole of our lives we do our best to gain the knowledge that will help us live better. we do our best while at school, at work, or anywhere. We just try to save as much information(SINGULAR ONLY) as possible.
There are two sources for getting knowldage/KNOWLEDGE, the first one is through books, the second is through experience. In another word/IN OTHER WORDS, there is a/ARE theorETical and practical ways for gaining knowledge.
The most knoledge we gain in our young age/YOUTH is gained from books We go to school and study in books all the subjects we need, languages, history, geography, and general education. Also adults get a lot of knowledge through books, because they are a very useful way for saving it, a very useful way also for forwarding it, there is a proverb that says. "the best freind is youR book".
The second source of knowledge wiHch I think is more important is experience. It gives your/YOU real life situations, and makeS you experiment/EXPERIENCE all what/THAT you have learned in books. Take for example physics and scientific experiments, it is important to witness it/THEM to understand it/THEM well. Books will never be able to explain the experiment/EXPERIENCE and the results better than seeing it in real life.
I totaly agree with the statement that says. "Not everything that is learned is contained in books". For (an)instance, while looking for a job, employers look more importantly at the experience section in your resume or your CV, then NEXT comes (on the second hand) /IN SECOND PLACE youR diplomas and studies, because we all know that experience gives us the best knowledge and sometimes even in a short time.
To sum up, we should always try our best to gain as much knowledge as possible from experience through facing real life situations and MEETING real people and communicate with them, know their different ways of thinking, learn from other PEOPLE'S opinions and culturEs, and also not to forget the help of theorETical knowledge of books, because they also will never be replaced.
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To sum up, we should always try our best to gain as much knowledge as possible from experience through facing real life situations and MEETING real people, (and) communicatING with them, knowING their different ways of thinking, learnING from other PEOPLE'S opinions and culturEs, and also not (to) forget the help of theorETical knowledge of books, because they also will never be replaced.
Hi englishtestspider, I found some mistakes with parallel structure. please check again, and correct me if I'm wrong.
I think that you should slit up your summary a little bit more. A very long sentence can lead readers to confusion to keep up with.
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#5 ( permalink ) Mon Oct 30, 2006 22:21 pm TOEFL essay sample: knowledge from books or experience
I agree with you purplevalleys with the first gerends. facing and meeting. because after through ===> Gerends or nouns, but not for the other verbs, because I will have to add "through" again in the begining of every gerend. that's what i think, thank you and please correct me if i'm wrong.
I totaly agree with you with the second remark, I just didn't have time, and i made a very quick conclusion, because i always respect the test conditions in my writtings. 30 minutes.
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When first coming across this title, I thought to myself, "How could I possibly find resolve for two of the most reliable sources of knowledge known to man?" There is no arguing with the evidence or logic that science provides neither the trust in one's senses, particularly the ability to see a table. Science provides one perspective and our senses create another; yet, these two sources of knowledge are not as distantly related as they seem when observed closely.
In order to explore these two ways of more deeply, one must first understand where the scientific assumption that a table is empty space comes from. It originates from Earnest Rutherford's "Gold-Foil Experiment", during which he observed that a beam of radioactive particles had passed directly through a sheet of gold without diverging. Through his observations and analysis, Rutherford concluded that even the smallest particle, the atom, is empty space. Based on the previous findings that all matter is empty space; relatively, it was able to be a mere table was assumed to be empty space. Perception-wise, we see that a table is an object in front of us and we feel that it is a solid object. Thus, what we conclude with our senses is just as correct to us as what we conclude the experimental. However, the philosophy of objectivity would prove this to be false, by the proposition that "truth is generally considered to be objectively true when its truth conditions are mind-independent-that is, not the result of any judgments made by a conscious entity or subject." This implies that scientific knowledge is completely objective, in contrast to our perception. Yet, when looking closely to the way Rutherford's conclusion was obtained; we can see that the experimental is not so different from the perceptional. Rutherford, in fact, used his sense of sight to observe what was happening, and then used his own reasoning to conclude what he saw and what he perceived. This is explained in the Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant in which he counters objectivity by saying that, "scientific knowledge is systematic knowledge of the nature of existing things as we perceive them, rather than as they are in themselves". Therefore, can we say that truth is absolute and it is merely our perceptions of that truth that are relative? Does this mean that facts, which are perceptions of truth, are relative? Is scientific fact, therefore, merely a consensus of the scientists, which makes it simply an assumption of what it really is. Since scientific theories have constantly been proved and disproved, this indicates that it is simply our perceptions that are changing and not the actual truth itself. Ghandi had once said, "My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements, but to be consistent with the truth." He had moved from truth to truth as his life progressed, so he said that if one were to find an inconsistency between any two things he had written, that the person "would do well to choose the latter". Furthermore, an area of knowledge, science, overlaps with a way of knowing, perception; yet, both still generate what was called "conflicting" results. Moreover, if our perception played a key role in generating both, then why were the perceptions so different? This brings about the importance of context.
Context is defined as "the surrounding conditions in which something takes place" When bringing these conditions into consideration, we are provided with two different settings. The scientific experiment occurred in a scientific lab, while our perception of the table as a solid object is occurs in our daily lives. This is why we cannot hold both results or rather, both "truths" in our mind at once. In a scientific context, it would be true that a table is empty space. However, if I were to sit at a table during dinner it would seem absurd that a table would be anything other than solid. This table is what I am leaning on, it is what my plate is set on, and it is taking up visual space in the room. So, each result is true in its respective context.
For example, as children we believe that we can trust anyone. We are born with the idea that all people "nice" and with good intentions. That is why it is necessary for parents to alter this perception and establish the whole stranger-with-candy scenario in their minds. Yet, why is it that adults would perceive differently than children? The answer is experience. As we grow older, we explore different contexts and form new perceptions that replace the ones we had begun with. I am a student. To me, I currently perceive being in the IB diploma program the biggest obstacle in my life and it holds true to me that I should stress over every little detail of my educational life. Yet, my parents seem to think otherwise. They recognize the importance of this obstacle, but the "truth" that they have developed in their minds is that life is full of many greater obstacles. In the context of the different stages of our life, different truths arise.
Philosophers such as Nancy Cartwright (1983) and Richard Giere (1988) have studied the process of science and have found that the application of scientific laws to the world is not exact, but grounded in a rich scientific context which provides all the rules as to how one relates models to situations. Cartwright even suggests that theoretical laws are simply false whilst phenomenal laws are specific to the situation in which they occur, for example, Newton's laws of motion. Although they were considered to be true, it is now well known that there are some conditions. General relativity means that another condition is that you are not near a large mass (which produces an effect indistinguishable from a large acceleration0 and more recently the speed necessary for relativistic effects to become apparent has come sharply down in special circumstances where the speed of light has been slowed. (Edmonds, 2001) Therefore, this means that physics does not rely on facts or theories, rather on the ability to recognize the numerous contexts in which we live and then adapt the techniques that we perceive as relevant.
However, others could claim that since there is no one truth and merely different perceptions of truth, then truth does not exist. Yet, this is not the case. Truth exists, but in a relative form to the context in which it is confined. Although the title suggests these two sources of knowledge generate conflicting results or conflicting "truths", there is no conflict whatsoever. There is merely a question of our own perception, as well as the prospective contexts. Our perceptions of the truth "A table isâ€¦" relate to the context through which we are viewing the table. In conclusion, a solution would be out of the question since there is no conflict to begin with. Rather, one must observe the results as they are in each context.
â€¦Ironically, my conclusion is a fallacy in itself. It is based on my own perception of this topic, which is derived from the context in which I am now; I am a student, I am trying to observe from a TOK perspective, I am in the adolescent years of my life, and this is the extent of the wisdom that I have reached at my age.
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Choke on these jaw-dropping smoking facts
Laugh or cry these smoking statistics are real, and enough to make you scratch your head in wonderment at the quirkiness of the human race.
We all steer ourselves through life in different ways, and it should be nobody else's concern what we choose to do, as long as it doesn't harm others, and as long as we accept the consequences of our actions and are willing to pay for them.
Society is set up to protect us and others by constraints, advice and laws, but since time began people will still do what they want to do. often with unfortunate or utterly catastrophic results.Our world's smoking facts
Life, from the beginning — rolling in the hay, to the end — pushing up daisies:
Pregnancy and babies
In U.S. alone, figures show that expectant mothers who smoke cause the deaths of over 600 boy babies and 400 baby girls each year. Babies who survive but suffer from smoking related problems cost the country approximately $800 each to help, totaling nearly $4 million. (3)
A UK survey shows the mean age for young people to try their first cigarette is 11 years old.
U.K. By age 12-13years, 31% of kids had tried smoking. This doubled to 59% by age 14-15.
Many smokers get angry once they are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and they do some extraordinary things:
Take Barb Tarbox from Edmonton, Canada — ex-model, died of lung cancer aged 42 in 2003.
She spent the last 7 months of her life parading her slowly emaciating body and bald head due to radiation, around schools, TV spots, print ads and anywhere she could get the message across to try and stop, "even one child from picking up a cigarette," she said.
She made people cry at her appearances especially near the end when she couldn't walk or feed herself and had to be wheelchaired into halls to passionately speak.
She left a 10 year old daughter and husband of 20 years — and a lot of smokers there and then threw away their cigarettes.
Smokers have less vitamin C than non-smokers.
Although this has consistently been proved, researchers don't know why. Smokers 30% average depletion of vit C is either due to the fact that smokers generally eat a less healthy diet, or smoking stops vitamin C from being metabolized.
Pollution Smoking Facts
Before smoking bans, which is more harmful — diesel and exhaust fumes or a smoky pub? You got it. enclosed smoky spaces such as bars and casinos have up to 50 times more cancer-causing particles in the air than roads.
For tests, special detectors measured for two of the worst groups of chemicals:
1. Particulate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PPAHs. Indoor readings averaged 134 nanograms per cubic meter – 5 times higher than even rush hour and heavily polluted highways which came in as levels from 7 to 18 nanograms.
2. Respirable particles — airborne soot small enough to penetrate the lungs. Indoor levels averaged 231 micrograms per cubic meter of air — 15 times the United States EPA safety limit, and 49 times rush hour traffic. Even in the crowded Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, 199 micrograms was the top reading.
After the smoking ban took effect, levels of both cancer-causing substances dropped 90% or more in all of the indoor places tested, with the air quality nearly indistinguishable from outside air. (1)
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