Essay about Error Is As Valuable As Accuracy

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Error is as valuable as accuracy in the production of knowledge.” To what extent is this the case in two areas of knowledge?

Is error as valuable as accuracy in the production of knowledge? I like do not believe that it is, but there is evidence that this is not always the case. How do we define error? According to the dictionary, error is defined as “something that is not correct; a wrong action or statement.” On the contrary, accuracy is defined as “the quality or state of being correct or precise.” These are quite transparent definitions and I believe that in the world of Theory of Knowledge, these actually carry a deeper meaning to them. An error is only something incorrect if we deem it to be that way, and there are many examples, from many different circumstances around the world, where a an error turned out to lead to a new, unintended, production of knowledge. This, I believe applies more to the applied sciences as it relates more directly to deductive reasoning. Errors in science can often be errors that lead to production of knowledge in a new area of the subject. However, there are scenarios where error does not actually produce knowledge, or even lead to accuracy, but proves a point of which we already know. A lot of these kinds of examples occur in history. The two main areas of knowledge that I will be focussing on are the natural sciences and history.

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