What is Knowledge(Draft) Essay

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What is Knowledge?
3. “Knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organization of facts.” Discuss this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge. There is a natural temptation to assume that knowledge requires distinct capacities due to the fact that we, as humans, are thinkers and doers. When concluding on an issue, we often are guided by our knowledge of truths about the world. By contrast, when we act, we are guided by our knowledge of how to perform various actions. To say that knowledge is nothing but the systematic organization of facts would mean that whether the knowledge type is theoretical or practical, it will all be obtained the same way. Theoretical derives from the word theory, which is found
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The process of science is designed to challenge ideas through research. It is not meant to prove theories, but rule out alternative explanations until a reasonable conclusion is reached. The term “natural science” is closely associated with the scientific method. The scientific method presents itself as a disciplined way to study the natural world. “The scientific method seeks to explain the events of nature in a reproducible way” (The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method). It produces a thought experiment or hypothesis. Science can also be “a human endeavor and is subject to personal prejudices, misapprehensions, and bias” (The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method).
In natural science, there is much more ways of obtaining knowledge than just research. For example, say that there is someone who has been newly introduced to mechanics and they want to gain knowledge on how an engine works. By reading up on facts about mechanics only helps them obtain half of the knowledge they could possible earn. However, if they were to physically take an actual engine apart piece by piece and learn about the different roles played by each component of the engine, they would eventually know enough about each part of an engine to put it back together. I believe for this to be true knowledge for the reason that the mechanic could encounter a different type of engine and use the knowledge gained from assembling the previous engine.

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