I need some help on the TOK Essay, as I'm kind of stuck.
I agree with this claim. Firstly, I'm going to explore the wording of the question. Sometimes: This implies of some knowledge claims are discarded, and some stay. This relates to the word discarded, as how discarded might not really mean discarded as we know it. It could be like evolution, as old theories are constantly being "evolved" by new theories, they are discarded. But we can say they're not discarded, but rather, the old theories simply were assimilated within the new theories and "evolved." This would correlate to the sometimes thing, as some are completely discarded, but some are simply assimilated into the new theories. Tomorrow might not really mean exactly tomorrow, but rather the near future. The word Accepted, imo implies that knowledge claims have to be approved by someone in order for them to be "correct" This someone can be Society, the Gov't, such and such.
I've chosen History and Natural Sciences for this topic. I've created examples for each of the topics, and they support the claim.
For History I chose revisionist historians, and how the history we learn changes with time, as revisionist historians change things so as to fit the truths. Because history is always incomplete, so old theories are in fact assimilated into the new theories, and a "better" and more accurate truth of the world is created. In this case, the truths of history is not sometimes discarded, but rather always adapted and made better. In this case, its more like the theories created by earlier generations and accepted throughout the world can change easily.
For Natural sciences, there are plenty of these examples, but I chose Galileo and his discovery of the world. The Earth revolves around the Sun, and not Vice Versa. His theory were not accepted tomorrow, but "tomorrow," as it was in the near future that his theory was proclaimed to be true. And in this case, because of his theory, the idea of Earth being the centre was completely discarded, and not assimilated within the new theory. And also, the word accepted applies here, as his theory was condemned by other scientists, as well as the Pope. They did not accept his theory, and had "discarded" it. It goes to show that even theories (knowledge claims) that were not accepted can get discarded.
With Knower's perspective, we're required to give examples in relation to oneself. I plan to use certain knowledge claims I've learned, and claim that my life has changed drastically because of me coming to know that one thing and such.
However, the question explicitly asks for Knowledge Issues. So I'm kind of stumped as to what kind of KI I can bring in in accordance to the AoK and myself. What I have in mind is like:
What role do emotions(culture/religion) play in determining our future?
Though I don't know any other KI I can ask.
Help is appreciated !
Edited by Sandwich, Jan 26, 2014 - 23:43.