The Importance Of Shared Knowledge

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As Linus Pauling said “You aren’t going to have good ideas unless you have lots of ideas and some principle of selection” (Linus Pauling, 1901–1994). To have lots of ideas from different Areas of Knowledge by learning how things are done is the gain of shared knowledge, but the ability to select good ideas using different ways of knowing such as emotions, faith, reason and sense perception is personal knowledge because it is acquired by an individual. Shared knowledge is the product of a group of people working together. It evolves over time; this is because of continued application of methods of inquiry (IB TOK Guide, 2013:17) and changing scientific theories. On the other hand, personal knowledge is described as the work of a single individual…show more content…
In contrast, I will also show that personal knowledge can also shape shared knowledge. The question will be discussed with reference to natural sciences and religious knowledge systems using language, reason, sense perception and faith to describe how knowledge is gained. This raises a knowledge question; to what extent is knowledge dependent on previous discoveries and inventions in natural sciences? While looking at natural sciences and religious knowledge systems, personal knowledge of individuals is more because of shared knowledge that has been shared using language and reason. Shared knowledge can shape personal knowledge because it uses reasoning. This means that to pass information to the next generation, there have to be reasons given for convincing and understanding…show more content…
When Newton first studied the universe, he might have been taught physics, but he discovered through reasoning to claim that the universe is static, infinite and uniform in Newton model of the universe (Tsokos K.A. 2008:515). This came about as personal knowledge of experience which was not yet discovered by anyone but Newton. Admittedly there is a portion of personal knowledge which is free of shared knowledge, but I would still argue that an individual personal knowledge is more dependent on understanding, interpreting and analysing previous knowledge using sense perception. This is also the case in natural sciences lessons; teachers share knowledge, but understanding and interpreting it is personal which may bring about different personal knowledge in solving problems. Therefore more personal knowledge is shaped from understanding of previous invention and
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