What Is Known? In C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man, Lewis mocks Gaius and Titius’ comment about a man’s statement “this is sublime” as actually pertaining to a waterfall. Lewis states “this is not a remark about the waterfall, but a remark about his own feelings” Considering that Gaius and Titius are making judgments about feelings, we must know that no feelings are correct because they can’t be known by all. Feelings can’t be known by others because they are all subjective and trivial. They can vary from one person to the next. I now question what is known? Today, we are faced with uncertainties concerning various things like what should I declare as my major? Or what will I do once I graduate from college? Questions like these are unknown for a good bit of underclassmen and even some upperclassmen as well. All the vagueness can present the question what do I know? I believe that anything can be known and in time we will all figure out what we want to do with our lives. I use the word “anything” instead of “everything” because no one can really be a know-it-all. Therefore we are limited to having the potential to know anything that we choose in our lifetime. Knowing things isn’t something that comes instinctively for us. We learn things through conditioning, practicing, and experience. As children, we don’t know things without conditioning. When I was a four year-old, I had not the slightest clue of what the numbers on the clock meant, but I learned that when I heard mom and dad placing plates down at the dinner table that it was time to eat. Like Pavlov did in his study with the dog and the bell, I knew that sound meant food was coming. Other things much simpler than knowing when dinner is being served become known to children. When my youngest brother Nick was a little over a year old, he would cry when he was placed in his crib for nap time. Though he was just a little sprout, he had already learned that if he cried loud enough and long enough, momma would come to the rescue and let him out of the crib. My mother decided by the time Nick was nearly a year and a half old, that it was time to teach him that crying wasn’t going to get him out of nap time any longer. For the first week or so, he screamed for a good bit of time and progressively got louder. However after a couple weeks of my mother ignoring his screams, he learned through conditioning that it wasn’t going to get him out of the crib. The tears and screams stopped and he began to utilize nap time. When we start school, our kindergarten teachers are ready to teach us things like the alphabet, phonics, writing, and simple math like 1+1=2. When the young children walk into the classroom they don’t know these things, or at least most don’t. By the end of the year, these children will know the basics. How will they know? Through practice. They learn things through continuous repetitions. Practice is an individual’s way of conditioning oneself. Practicing things allows us to learn anything we set our minds on doing. By practicing the correct way of performing the order of operations in algebra, we can learn how to solve linear equations, thus we will know how to do this form of algebra. Experiences aren’t always the fun way of learning something, but they teach us lessons to prevent us from making the same mistakes twice. If one were to put their hand on a hot stove, I guarantee they’ll never make that same mistake again because they’ll remember the intense pain of the burn their hand suffered. They’ll know not to put their hand on the stove next time. Sometimes learning things the hard way is what needs to be done though. How can one understand the importance of budgeting their money without experiencing what it’s like to be broke and forced to eat ramen noodles until their next paycheck? Through experiences like these, we
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What Are Transcendentalists Known For?
Transcendentalism is infamous for many things such as, civil disobedience and how
transcendentalists construct their identity through their shared interests, actions and beliefs.
Some older transcendentalists like Henry Thoreau notorious for their works…
1. What is the name of the biggest part of the human brain? |
2. The colored part of the human eye that controls how much light passes through the pupil is called the? |
3. What is the name of the substance that gives skin and hair its pigment? |
4. The muscles found in the front of your thighs are known as what? |
5. True or false? The two chambers at the bottom of your heart are called ventricles. |
6. What substance are nails made of? |
7. What is the human body’s biggest organ? |
There are many characteristics that make up what Australia is known for, and what others think of us. One main aspect that categorizes us is the stereotypes towards Australia. Australians are stereotyped by many things, one being barbeques. Individualstend to think we have a passion for barbeques, and everyone in the country owns one which is a complete distorted perception.There are many characteristics that make up what Australia is known for, and what others think of us. One main aspect that categorizes…
UNIT 5 STUDY GUIDE
1. What are three causes of World War II in Europe?
1. Failure of the Treaty of Versailles
2. Failure of the League of Nations
3. Failure of the policy of Appeasement
2. What happened after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor?
The United States declared war!
3. Name the Axis Powers
Name the Allied Powers
1. Great Britain
2. United States
4. Match the World Leaders with their country. (pg.730-736; 767)
The Life of Buddha
Buddha was originally known as Sidhattha Gotama, he did not just become known as Buddha; he had to earn it for himself by undergoing long, hard hours of meditation and contemplation. But the question remains was what Buddha went through worth it? In my opinion yes, I believe that sidhattha had a purpose in life and his purpose was to find enlightenment.
The Buddha had an act of self-sacrifice. He had discovered the way to end suffering. He wanted to share his enlightenment…
Application of Pure Reason Shows the Superiority of the Understanding of Our Minds
In his Meditations I and II the arguments made by Rene Descartes lead him to the
conclusion that the human mind is better known than the body. I will defend Descartes argument
of the human mind being better known than the body by proving that the senses of the body
possess the capability of being deceptive, that the existence of the mind is impossible to doubt,
and that the only effective way to achieve absolute…
then here are some interesting facts about them. A man named Pythagoras, the man who’s referred to the first pure mathematician, was born in 575 BC on the Mediterranean island of Samos off of Greece. Not too much is known about this man’s early life but there are many things known about what he did contribute to the world during the remaining years of his life. Pythagoras was a well educated child. He was much interested in mathematics, philosophy, poetry, astronomy and music. After studying in Greece…
existed on Earth for 3.5 to 4 billion years.
The Earth's surface developed much like the other planets in the galaxy, through four major geological processes. The first process is known as Impact Cratering. Impact craters are the result of comets or asteroids impacting with the surface of a planet. Second, is the process known as volcanism. Volcanism is the result of molten rock and lava spewing from the Earth's interior to its surface. Third, is the process of tectonics. Tectonics is the disruption…
represented the athletes in the Olympics. The sculpture was the model for all athletes and represented them. When anyone would look at it they would know exactly what it was and who the brilliant athlete was. The culture was known for telling their stories through sculptures. This was a way for Myron to tell the story of this athlete and what he represented.
“Nike of Samothrace” this sculpture was sculpted after the Greek Goddess Nike (Victory) out of Marble around 190BC. This sculpture…
to start out talking about what marketing strategies Chick-fil-A uses that has helped them be the second-largest chicken restaurant chain out of the U.S. Next, I will explain the company’s positioning strategy. Lastly, Chick-fil-A is known well for being the only fast food restaurant closed on Sundays and how this might affect them.
Chick-fil-A does a very good job with their marketing strategies that make them unique. One of the strategies that they are most known for is their advertising…