Theory of Knowledge

Carolina Kitras
July 8, 2009
Which source of knowledge do you consider most reliable
Knowledge is a concept that tends to be over used, a concept that is spoken through the mouths of thousands of people. Its meaning can seem ordinary according to the dictionary, but its complexity roots form the fact that it has no concrete interpretation. One can question its nature and its source because after all, how is it obtained Knowledge is a multilateral idea; it is analyzed through different standpoints and sources, such as books, TV, media, teachers, parents, each of them contributing to help build up an individuals knowledge. As controversial as this term might seem, there is one source that predominates the others, so one must ask, which one is it
Media and television are two sources that transmit information and entertainment to vast amounts of people. Some people educate themselves with life lessons from different TV series and others obtain an opinion on politics through news broadcasters. The problem with this is that some of the life lessons on TV series are at times solved through fantasized means and news broadcasters tend to portray there political stance when actually informing those that are watching the news, insinuating that the knowledge obtained by these two sources can be either surreal or bias in my own opinion, making them not very reliable. Internet, a source used to communicate, obtain information, entertainment and many other great features, has become many peoples source of knowledge, yet not the most reliable. The reasons why I believe it is not very reliable are because it can be junk that is posted or even someone??™s opinion. Though Internet can facilitate fast and accurate information, it is not something one most always depends on.
There is a wide range of books written, ranging from textbooks for school all the way to fiction novels. There are stories that portray historical events, which describe feeling, and that way the reader can engulf himself or herself in the text, but some authors have not actually lived through that time in history to be able to witness the exact details. Then there is scripture, the map to life for most religions. For example, the Bible for a Christian teaches the follower how to live their life and by what paths they should follow out of obedience and for their own benefit. Although there are things that have been written on stone, many things could be just legends, translations where information and stories can either be twisted or warped. Religious and academic teachers base their teachings on information in books, but then you must ask yourself is what I am reading true And this leads to an even more in depth debate between truth and belief. Though there are something??™s that are straight out facts, yet other things surrounding these facts have not been proven or are just a myth. Though when a student is taught at school it is on the bases of a textbook and that should be true and reliable. I think information is just a fraction of knowledge.
Parents are the ones who teach their children principles, and the ideas and beliefs obtained by what is taught is a fundamental base to what they will obtain from other sources. I believe that parents are the most reliable source of knowledge.. I believe that parents are the source that is least likely to lie to you for they are looking to benefit you in every way. They want you to learn from their mistakes. I also believe that because children at a young age are so dependant on their parents, meaning that the discernment propagated by the parents are put to use by the children. They are always in the best interest of their children; they share life experiences, facts and information in order to inform their children about life, forming a seed for knowledge to germinate.
Many of these sources are secondary sources. There might not be a ???most reliable??? source but through critical thinking has brought me to believe that parents are the most genuine. My parents have taught me various things in which I have been able to use in my daily life as well as in schooling and just overall knowledge. My parents have shared experiences with me that I have learned from their mistakes. Is there a most reliable source of knowledge


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