A Brief Note On Humans And Fish And The Surface Of The Water Essay

1025 Words Aug 8th, 2016 5 Pages
The essential characteristics of how knowledge is to humans as water is to fish can be summarized as follows. Firstly, the environment must be considered. This is important because while humans realize they are surrounded by new knowledge, many fail to express how to access that knowledge. Additionally, a person’s or a fish’s ability to choose must be considered. This is important because as fish do not have a choice to live in water, many people do not have a choice about what they think about. Furthermore, selective perception must be considered. This is important because humans choose which knowledge to pursue and focus on, leaving other information about the world untouched, much like fish and the surface of the water. This paper will take each of these elements in turn and discuss why each is essential to our understanding of the analogy of humans and fish and how it relates to knowledge and water.

The awareness of one’s environment in relation to how it supports the being is related to one’s experiences outside the environment. Wallace states in his “This is Water” speech, “The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about,”(Wallace). Humans are aware of knowledge and that they can access it but often fail to express how it can be accessed and how they know it is present. Humans, through seeking out information and making connections among the information, are able to obtain…

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