Monthly Archives: October 2020

Debate Reflection

Which side won?  Why? 

In my opinion, both sides of the debate are doing well, but I think the winner should be the con side. This is because the con side is making their opinions really clearly and with evidence. For example, the first speaker for the con side pulls up the idea that the fake impression of “bliss,” which your brain is made up to you. Therefore, he also provides an example of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904, which is about the Russians being too ignorant and confident and being defeated by The Japanese. Also, during the crossfire con side have a lot of confidence and states their claim really clearly.

Which side of the debate do you fall on?  Why? What responsibility do we have when it comes to acquiring knowledge if any?    

I think I may fall on the con side since the circumstance of “ignorant is a blessing” may happen is because ignorance will prevent people from being exposed to many situations that impact your previous knowledge, experience, and values. This also means people can’t make rational decisions based on the relatively real facts of the situation. When there appears a political vote, people can’t use their previous knowledge to determine which side they should vote for. Therefore, it may cause them led by some politicians and can’t have their own opinions. Moreover, some people think ignorance is a blessing because they thought they may feel pain if they know a lot of knowledge. However, from my point of view, this is not correct. The ignorant is like a cage; the people think they are joy and peace, but how can this state be a blessing?

People stop learning more knowledge because they are afraid of the pain of weakening knowledge.  People always suffer from knowing too little and thinking too much because the knowledge you have is not enough to answer your doubts, which is painful to be puzzled. Also, I think there might be some responsibilities that we have regarding acquiring knowledge because when people get to know more, they may think more. Knowledge is like a frame, an ethereal sentiment; some need to use experiences to let it become real.

Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth?

To answer the question of some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth, we need first define the word truth. The truth could be defined as “a fact or belief that is accepted as true.” Ways of knowing are what the thing sounds like, which could be defined as how knowledge appears to us. Therefore, the reasoning could be more lead to truth than other ways of knowing.

The reasoning could help build a logical thought or deduce that doesn’t rely on our commend sense or intuition. Also, reasoning allows us to combine what we have learned with the new thing we learned in our thinking process. For example, suppose you are sitting inside, but you will go out soon, and you see the sky outside through the window is cloudy, and there are many dark clouds. It can be inferred from this that it will rain soon, so you’d better take an umbrella with you when you go out. Therefore, when people use a logical way to deduce stuff, it may be more likely to lead to truth than other forms. Also, from the example, we can infer if we use an institution to judge whether it will rain or not, the institution may tell people that the clouds may clear away soon, so you don’t need an umbrella. Thus, people may get wet when they in outdoor.

(“Gif窗外的雨和树.” Gif窗外的雨和树 – 堆糖,美图壁纸兴趣社区, www.duitang.com/blog/?id=1267874058.)

However, some people may also think reasoning can’t be a way more likely to lead to truth, since, when people use reasoning as a way of knowing, people need to take it carefully, or else, the whole logical thoughts may go wrong. For example, if you are sitting inside but you will go outdoor soon, you can only see a little bit of sky since the opposite building obscures the window’s view. Thus, you only know some sunlight coming through the clouds and decide it’s not going to rain today. However, because you conclude without view the whole picture, it may lead to you the wrong truth. Although this kind of circumstances may occur in the process of knowing, it’s a sporadic occurrence, and it can be avoided if you take it carefully.

As a result, the reasoning is one way of knowing that more likely to lead to truth than other methods, by logical thinking and synthesis of the knowledge you have learned before and the experience you currently learn.

 

Princes and Dressmaker

The book I read was the Princes and Dressmaker, which is about a prince who likes to wear dresses and a little girl who becomes his dressmaker. The questions I want to ask to text are what the purpose of this text is, and why the author wants to make the context like this, since this kind of story was not followed with the social mainstream. This book was fit to my level and a little below my level. This is because the book I chose was a graphic novel. Also, I think the book’s main character could relate to my life since some of my friends are also facing the problem that they are a boy, but they like to wear dresses or make-up. I almost read the entire book, predicting that the boy and his family were reconciled at the end of the story. The thing that novel makes me realize would relate to the parents. In this graphic novel, in the end, the king, who is the parents of the princes, also wears the dress with his son to support his son, which makes me realize about parents are a group of people who loved you the most in the world. However, you might have some characteristics different from others. Your parents will tolerate them, too.