Brewer Blog Season 1, Episode 3

“Knowledge gives us a sense of who we are.” To what extent is this true in the human sciences and one other area of knowledge?

Knowledge is subjective because he definition of Knowledge is varied among the population. Using the words "us" and "we" are including the whole population when it could possibly only apply to one person and not everybody. Asking "to what extent is this true" is also implying that it is in fact true, when it could be false. Even saying "gives" is weird to me because Knowledge inst giving us anything, we still have to look for it at the end of the day.

To define this quote I chose the Human sciences and Religious Knowledge Systems. I felt like this can be applied to the Human sciences because understanding or having knowledge of how your brain works could lead to giving you a sense of who you are. Specifically in human sciences, psychology because it is the study of the human brain, and this will lead you to better understand your mind process and why you think the way you do. This can also be applied to religious knowledge systems because knowing your god or gods could lead you to better understand yourself and your place i the world. On the other hand, not believing in a higher power or being unsure cold lead you to be unsure of your place int he world, and even of your purpose.

I am not sure that knowledge could give you a sense of who you are otherwise, for example I do not believe that math cold give you any kind of sense of who you are. however, some natural sciences like biology could give anatomy or likewise. I am not sure that Economics could, while US History very well could. I think this statement is limited in the subjects that It can be applied to.

The Human sciences is a prime example to me, however I am a psychology nerd. I think that understanding your brain and why it works the way it does s the best way to understanding yourself. I pride myself in knowing myself extremely well while others could not say the same, and it makes me a better person because of it. Knowing who I am and why I make the decisions that I do ca give me a sense of why my friends might make the decisions that they do. Watching Criminal Minds and seeing how they understand people by means of profiling can help me understand those around me by similar means. Listening to a professor talk about psychology could help me understand not only psychology but also humans and by applying the principles that he/she explained, I would better understand humans as a whole.

This could be applied to Religious Knowledge systems and connected to the WOK, Faith. This connects back to RKS because one could argue that knowing their god, or the higher power in which they believe in, gives them a better sense of self. For me personally, I do not have that connection to give me that belief, but I feel like it can work both ways when you are answering a "to what extent" question. For me, It is to no extent in the RKS because I don't have knowledge of a god and I still have a good sense of who I am, and thanks to thinks opposing religion, I have a good sense of who the people around me are.

This could also apply, being the flip-side of RKS, to Biology in the Natural Sciences. I have a better sense of who I am and the people around me because of Science. I know my organs and organ systems and body functions and possible differences of those among the human population. I know what cells are and how they work, I know that I am made up of these cells and everyone else is too. But one could argue that I don't really know any of this, because I could not prove how humans first came about or why my body functions the way it does. A god is something you can put your Faith into, but in a way you have to do that with anything to believe that you know something.

Therefore, I would say that Knowledge gives us a sense of who we are to a bit of an extent, according to the Human and Natural Sciences, and the Religious Knowledge Systems. This could be flawed in any sense, and it is hard to come to a true consensus without a worldwide definition of knowledge, and while the statement is referring to "us" knowing who "we" are, I find it more effective to rephrase it as "me" knowing who "I" am.


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