Consensus And Disagreement In Knowledge

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Consensus and disagreement both play a role in the production of knowledge, whether it is necessary or not is up for discussion. This claim implies that in order to have a knowledge that is “robust”, by expert opinion, we must have two conflicting perspectives on the topic at hand. “Robust” is a term used to discuss the quality and value that is placed on the knowledge that we discover. ‘Robust knowledge’ can be referred to as a knowledge that is applicable universally to a wide range of things; one that has practical use or application. ‘Consensus’ Is basing knowledge on the fact that everyone, or at least most people agree that something is knowledge, whilst disagreement is the exact opposite. I agree with the claim that you must have…show more content…
Disagreement is the process that leads to consensus. In reference to the natural sciences, the natural sciences often require consensus for theories or laws brought about. Within the natural & sciences, there is always a constant web of communication. Scientists are often coming up with new theories or changing old ones with the surfacing of new evidence. Evidence that often challenges current ideals, evidence that provides ground for disagreement. Scientists take this evidence and go through the experimental process, in hopes to prove or disprove the claim the recent evidence challenges. This is process is a communal process, scientist must often share their evidence, experiments and findings. This is all to come to a consensus on a new or revised theory. The nature of this process depicts the literal process in which disagreement leads to consensus. The process itself requires a rigorous and prolonged determination with the goal of seeking ‘robust knowledge’. Within this process, the various shared thoughts and findings often contradict and lead to disagreement. The action of disagreement incentivizes those to seek a solution, which in return leads to a consensus. Disagreements highlight differentiating points of views and brings about thought-provoking ideas. Disagreements challenges an easy consensus and requires or pushes for a deeper more insightful recognition or judgement of a topics. As a part of human curiosity, attempts to acquire more knowledge to further our understanding of what is presented, there lies a distinctive importance in getting to know the counter argument or ‘other side’ of the argument. Not only does the disagreements help guide towards exploration, of the topic and the counter

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