Accuracy And Simplicity Essay

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Accuracy and simplicity are two different qualities which are addressed differently. The trade off between the two is bound to occur as they are both affected due to multiple factors, however, at times, they are affected by one, another. Being accurate means that it needs to be precise and true. If people are believing something without any evidence of its accuracy does not mean that it is accurate, but still, people around the world continue to follow other people as they do not have the access to the knowledge that they require to make firm decisions. Often, the simplification of the knowledge is what makes it accessible as people may not be able to interpret what the shared knowledge is trying to tell us. However, on the other hand, the …show more content…
Trying to make them as simple as possible has caused them to ignore facts that affect them the more. For example, in mechanics, for certain formulas, there are assumptions made that acceleration is constant. So, if a ball is thrown up into the air, using the “suvat equations,” we can find out different properties such as the range at which it would land, the time of flight and so on with the assumption of a constant velocity. However, in real life, this is impractical as there are resistive forces that are acting on the ball such as air resistance and friction which would cause the acceleration to vary. Therefore, there is a trade off occurring due to the assumptions that are being made when using the formula as it is simple and easy to understand for people to use it and calculate the values. However, the values are inaccurate as they would not get the same value unless they conduct the experiment in a vacuum with would ensure that there are no other resistive forces that are acting upon it. But besides that, it is not possible for the knowledge to be acquired using the assumptions when trying to find out something as it manipulates with the accuracy of the knowledge even though it has been displayed …show more content…
In IB Psychology, we study human behaviour through the biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors. The methods used to acquire knowledge make is fairly simple, however, the accuracy of the knowledge acquired can be argued. Rosenzweig and Bennett conducting an experiment to investigate whether the environmental factors would affect the development of neurons in the cerebral cortex. In order to do this, they had two groups of rats; group one in enriched environment and group two in impoverished condition. Group one were placed into cages with different objects around them which they could explore and also received maze training. The impoverished group were each in an isolated cage with no stimulation. After 30-60 days, the rats were killed to that the brain anatomy could be studied. They saw that their brain anatomies were different for the different conditions. Group one has brain development which was seen by the increase in the thickness of the cortex. From this, we can see how the method to conduct the experiment was fairly simple, however, in the process they are killing rats with is ethically wrong as they too are a part of our planet. Further, the results are inaccurate as we are saying that if humans were kept in a similar way, the same increase in the thickness of the brain would be seen. Therefore, even though a simple method was used to examine

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