This prescribed title is something that
defines human behavior as a whole. This suggests that as we become “smarter” in
a field, we want to know and learn more because of how limitless knowledge
actually is, but when we acquire more knowledge, our doubts about our certainty
and confidence tends to increase. Some of the knowledge claims I have extracted
from this question are: “knowledge is acquired through personal and shared
knowledge.” and that “with knowledge doubt increases”. I will be referring to
two Areas of Knowledge which will be Human Sciences and Natural Sciences, and
the Ways of Knowing that I will be discussing will be Intuition, Emotion and Reason.
The knowledge questions that I have extrapolated form the Human Sciences and
the Natural Sciences are: “Why does doubt increase along with the growth in the
“known knowledge” in the Area Of Knowledge of Human Sciences?”

In the AOK of Natural Sciences,
does newly discovered knowledge create doubts and new unknowns?



The AOK that I will be discussing
is going to be the Natural sciences and one of the Knowledge claims I extracted
from this question is that it is easier to derive an answer when the
information present is limited, as there are less factors to take in to
consideration. This claim can be proven by what happened with Charles Darwin
when he proposed his theory of evolution. Charles Darwin was an expert in his
field and he spent nearly 30 years researching his theory, and after proposing
it to the public the people did not accept it, because their knowledge was
extremely limited as they only believed what the Church, and the religious
leaders have told them, which was that God had created human beings. During the
19th century the religious leaders and the religious followers in
the Catholic Church had limited knowledge as to how humans have come to earth,
and because they had limited knowledge they focused on the shared knowledge
that has been passed on to them to justify their statements, which proves that
they had extremely limited knowledge. But even though their knowledge was
considered to be limited with time as the unknown knowledge progressed and
discoveries were made, the Catholic Church and the society became accepting of
the fact that knowledge did progress and the scientific discoveries were
accepted, but that does not mean the religious leaders don’t feel like science
is all just a big hoax. The knowledge of how humans appeared on earth wouldn’t
be considered “limited” now because it has been accepted by the society and has
been proven by various experts in that field. When a scientist by the name of
Charles Darwin came in and proposed this “ridiculous” theory of evolution, the
priests and other religious followers were so off-thrown by the idea that humans
were not just created by God, but actually came from apes that they completely
denied his theory. Darwin’s theory was considered utterly “ridiculous” and this
discovery brought about a paradigm shift which helped the society as well as
the priests and the religious leaders understand Charles’s Darwin’s work and
theory of evolution. This only happened after his death which is when everyone
else caught up with all the knowledge he possessed.


A counter claim to the previous
knowledge claim would be the fact that because of getting rejected, scientists
tend to give up on their theories. This is a counterclaim to the previous
knowledge claim because when Charles Darwin’s theory got rejected by the Catholic
Church and Catholic leaders, he did not give up and continued to research this
theory as well as many other different theories that he discovered while traveling,
but unfortunately only 50 years after his death (in the year 1882) did his
theory get accepted by the people as a part of their shared knowledge, and that
is when finally, science started to get recognized. This all happened because
of a previously mentioned paradigm shift where Darwin’s scientific theories and
advancements where too much for the society to take in and accept at that time
so only after a paradigm shift occurring the society started to understand and
accept what Darwin’s theory of evolution stated.


Another real life situation in the Natural
Sciences in relation to the knowledge question of: “In the AOK of Natural Sciences,
does newly discovered knowledge create doubts and new unknowns?” could be Einstein’s
theory of relativity. In other words, Einstein’s speculations about the
curvature of space and motion at the quantum level, provide us with new
knowledge and produce new unknowns that previously could not have been
considered. First of all Einstein’s theory of relativity derived from a set of
equations that Isaac Newton came up with in the 17th century, which
proves the knowledge question which states that Newton’s equations created new
doubts and new unknowns, which then Einstein came and used to create a theory
called “The Theory Of Relativity”. In doing so he generated new Unknowns that previously
were not even questioned by anyone, thus creating doubts. A knowledge claim
that could be extracted from this is that ” Newly discovered knowledge produces
new doubts as well as new unkowns. 

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