Reflection On The Idols Of The Cave By Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon is a world-renowned English philosopher from the early years of 1561-1626. Bacon is famous for many of his philosophical works, including the Novum Organum. Published in 1620 the Novum Organum suggests an entirely new system of logic, which is based on induction rather than on the syllogism. Bacon recognized that the human mind is filled with incorrect and irrational ideas that are preventing them from interpreting nature accurately. These incorrect notions are described by Bacon as the “four classes of Idols which beset men’s minds.” The four classes include: The Idols of the Tribe, the Idols of the Cave, the Idols of the Market Place, and the Idols of the Theater. Bacon himself used these Idols to develop his methods and ideas …show more content…
The Idols of the cave stem from society, not from nature and reflect prejudices and beliefs that we are exposed to because of our different backgrounds. Bacon believes every student of nature should follow this rule, “whatever his mind seizes and dwells upon with peculiar satisfaction is to be held in suspicion, and that so much the more care is to be taken in dealing with such questions to keep the understanding even and clear.” (Four, Five). Bacon is describing how the mind works, saying that whatever the mind thinks and learns with pleasure is to be held within the mind and keep the questions clean and evident when trying to learn. Most of your thoughts and opinions stem from your favorite topics which why you should value these thoughts and not disregard them. Being alert when an Indian man walks onto a plane is an example of the Idols of the cave. I was raised in a society that made me watchful if an Indian man gets on a plane due to terrorist attacks. This is an instance of me being prejudice towards another race due to what I’ve …show more content…
I believe these Idols are for the good and can be used to progress society if used correctly. If the Idols are used wrong, there are not any consequences, but the information you are providing could be incorrect and lead to false information, which could alter the results. The quotation is describing Idols vs bias stating, “Every Idol is a bias, but not every bias is an Idol.” The Idol is defined as the human minds incorrect and irrational ideas that are preventing them from interpreting nature accurately. These incorrect ideas in certain people’s perspective could be correct, causing them to form a bias, therefore explaining why every Idol is a biased. A bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one entity. You can overcome a bias by learning from others and not being closed-minded. While learning from others, your bias might change depending on if you believe in what is being presented to you or not. Many individuals conform to what they believe in, creating a biased. As a society, we must be more opened-minded and accepting of new ideas to advance future

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