Essay On Folk Wisdom

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Gaining knowledge and seeking to understand seems to be an intrinsic process in our species. There are several ways of looking at gaining knowledge. On one hand there is folk wisdom, pearls of knowledge handed down over generations person to person. This knowledge tends to be distilled down into single sentence sayings that convey an idea. On the other hand there is the investigation and observation of the scientific method, a logical and intricate process of research that identifies new insights and provides a framework to test their authenticity.
In this essay I will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each approach and come to a conclusion about which is a more valuable tool to modern day psychology.

Karl Popper (July 1902 - September
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For example; ‘birds of a feather flock together’ and ‘opposites attract’ or ‘the best things in life are free’ and ‘money is power’.

The origins of folk wisdom and their basis in the guidelines and restrictions of religion stem from ideas that were common sense at the time. Avoiding eating certain things is a good idea if there is no way of telling if it is safe to eat or will make you ill. Helping those less fortunate than you with charity and compassion are simply good deeds. Lying and deception are sure ways to create problems and conflict with those around you.
Folk wisdom is essentially a prehistoric education system. It served humanity well in the times of hunter/gathering, passing on simple knowledge such as which plants are safe to eat. The lessons from elders and grandmothers served us in these primitive times but word of mouth is not a perfect knowledge delivery system, it is prone to errors from the lack of understanding and rote repetition.

It is not a substitute for the western education system of today. Baseline education, lifelong learning and scientific analysis prevails. Now when investigating something there is a search for understanding. There is a
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