The Importance Of Knowledge And Knowledge

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We as human beings, strive to understand the world around us by acquiring knowledge. For many us today, a whole world of knowledge is just at our fingertips. We are able to learn abundance of knowledge from textbooks, journal, magazines, web pages and the experiences of other people. These are all known as shared knowledge, as it is the combined works of many people that withstand the test of time. However, from when we are born, we are able to learn about world through our own individual experiences and involvement. Therefore we have our own knowledge which is called personal knowledge. This include our intuitions, feelings, experiences and more. The prescribed title suggests that shared knowledge mainly shapes personal knowledge. This then…show more content…
The knowledge in the natural sciences that have been proven true over and over again, demonstrates that the knowledge at this moment is closest to the truth. Therefore, the natural science is reliable and due to its reliability, individuals are able to make new discoveries and expand on existing knowledge in the natural sciences. In IB Physics, I learned about Louis de Broglie’s groundbreaking contribution in physics with his De Broglie hypothesis. De Broglie was impacted by two theories in physics which had been newly introduced in his lifetime; relativity and the photoelectric effect. De Broglie then wondered if light can behave as both wave and particle, can electrons and other particles behave as wave as well. Therefore, shared knowledge about relativity and photoelectric effect has influenced De Bronglie’s personal knowledge into creating the De Broglie’s hypothesis, which is the combination those two ideas. Few years later, De Broglie’s hypothesis was confirmed independently by Clinton Davisson and George Thomson. Therefore, although De Broglie’s accomplishment was based on shared knowledge, his own personal knowledge allowed him to a new discovery about the behavior of electrons. Furthermore, Davisson and Thomson also conducted their experiment based on De Broglie’s hypothesis,…show more content…
In 1936, Muzafer Sherif, a social psychologist, conducted the Autokinetic Effect Experiments, which showed that the people tend to conform and come to an agreement with the group rather than making individual judgment . I believe the results of the experiment parallel with one of the biggest trends in 2014; the ice bucket challenge, which I personally took part in. The ice bucket challenge was designed to raise awareness and support the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, instead of participating in the ice bucket challenge to support the cause, I took part in this campaign due to conformity. I believe that the campaign was very successful because of people’s behavior and need to fit into the social norm of society. Therefore, this ice bucket challenge is one of the many examples in which it demonstrates that people are more willing to follow the trend rather than being the “odd-man out.” Therefore, this example once again demonstrates shared knowledge on personal
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