First glance of “Theory of Knowledge”


What is knowledge? How do we know what we claim to know is valid? What is perspective?  What are dreams? How good is our memory to rely on?

When I walked into my first Theory of Knowledge class I didn’t know what to expect. I did a Critical Thinking course over the holiday and a friend of mine, who also does the International Baccalaureate, said they were similar but I didn’t want to walk into the class with that mindset.

Having done a few classes of the course I have noticed that there are more pieces to the subject than I thought. I honestly did not know that there were ways of knowing. I never really put much thought into what knowledge really is and I have seen that I do not always use it right.

I have realised that TOK is quite complicated which makes it hard to grasp sometimes.  This can be annoying sometimes but it enables me to try and think way beyond what I would have normally thought about.

TOK enables a lot of reasoning and questioning. This requires analysis. There are a lot of chain questions involved in the course. These questions are formulated through thought and analysis. They also enable us, as students, to look and link what we learn to themselves and to the world around us.

Should we worry that half of Americans trust their gut to tell them what’s true? What exactly is their gut? What is trust?

On the one hand, gut is used to refer to a feeling or reaction based on an instinctive emotional response rather than considered thought. For one to trust, they need to have a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. On the other hand, evidence is the body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.

There is a huge disparity in what Americans decide to believe and many of these incorrect beliefs have a link to politics. Most people tend to believe the things that are in favour of them than those against them.

Also, the illusionary truth effect can have great impact on what people believe. This means, the more you hear something the more you tend to believe that it is true even if it Is false.

,All this may not be what the course is about but these are what I sense from my little experience. How reliable are my experiences?

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