“It is only knowledge produced with difficulty that we truly value”

To be able to verify facts, do we have to investigate each of its possible results, or do we simply consider facts as to be accurate, even if one approach supports it completely? Knowledge is based on information or, even to an extent, depends on an individual’s perception and reasoning. Moreover, factual based learning is quite consistent and does not rely on memory.  

On the contrary, there is experience-based learning, the learning created with troubles through confidence, vitality, care, focus and examination of truths, which is also equally important. Initially, an individual has an impact to a notice of “accepting” and prove that accepting is what is precise and is essentially valued. It is always fundamentally valued to approbate to genuine expectations. Some have identified that there are events of learning that demonstrate the non-appearance of epistemic regard and that these events can build the outward epistemic regard just on the off chance that they help certain crucial epistemic or appropriate recognition. Looking at natural sciences and history this essay will explore that it may not be mandatory that only knowledge with great difficulty is valued.

To what extent is the path to gain knowledge difficult? Should knowledge simply be judged based on how it is produced? In the author’s opinion, factual informative generation is a complicated and monotonous procedure. To the extent learning is concerned, it has to be created, somebody must think about a thought and choose to seek after it in advance. Here and there a thought takes years to sprout in a man’s brain although eureka moments exists; they just give an insight into the ideas or solution one is trying to find. The thought will oblige time to investigate and grow completely – paying little attention to whether it prompts to a logical investigation or research in a library. Considering the time and importance of scientific and sociological research, financial requirements should be considered to make the research economically and scientifically worthwhile. Since this paragraph talks about a particular part of the brain, the author personally feels that reason would also be included as a Way of Knowing in this answer, which is nothing but the power of the human mind that helps them give a motive behind whatever one does. 

A vast majority of significant exploration is finished by people who work for government offices, colleges, huge non-benefit associations, or expansive partnerships as certain fieldwork and research require loads of money, sometimes to the extent that world economies have to pool their resources in to give rise to worthwhile and reliable information. The exploration term used in this paragraph would strongly be connected to faith. It is the belief of a person in the supernatural. So strong that it makes him mad. Faith has killed more people than cigarettes. It is not just related to the supernatural but more commonly to it, hence the example.

Estimation of information has dependably considered being a crucial subject inside epistemological areas. An accurate question to report, which can be directed towards the ideal rear to Plato’s Meno, is: what it is to do with the evidence or certainly the information (on the off chance that anything) making it much more significant than simple genuine conviction? Enthusiasm for this focus has raised as of late, in sight of a renewal discovery of the Meno problem inconsiderate of the approximation of information (e.g., Kvanvig 2003) and because of the concern that current proceedings of learning cannot clarify the (supposed) unmistakable estimate of information (e.g., Williamson 2000). Besides, late exchanges of the approximation of learning have likely initiated to explore the possibilities regarding the information, which is considered to the unmistakably significant epistemic stand-up, but instead states a substitute epistemic upright by and large, for instance, understanding. 

Production of knowledge by accident is equally valued. Looking into the natural sciences, accidental discoveries have always helped mankind reach great wonders. For example, the accidental discovery of the microwave oven[3]. It was discovered Percy spencer in the year 1954 by using equations. While working, he saw microwaves from a radar were melting candy in his pocket. This astounded him and he conducted further experiments using popcorns and eggs. To support his discovery, he made a high-density electromagnetic field where food was placed and to his surprise, the temperature slowly increased. This discovery was accepted largely and today, microwaves are popularly used in microwaves oven in kitchens across millions of homes worldwide to heat food. Was this accidental discovery an outcome of difficulty? Even though it was accidental, it was remarkable and is valued quite greatly today.

The knowledge produced with difficulty need not always be valued. Once again looking into natural sciences, they are a lot of people who put in a lot of effort and dedication to produce knowledge but may not be always valued. Scientists at Barcelona have found out that rats can differentiate between Dutch and Japanese language. A group of rats were trained by making them listen to the two languages. The rats were able to identify the languages and were able to press a level for food according to the language[4]. Was this knowledge produced with difficulty? Definitely. But in today’s world, what significance does this knowledge have? Of what can this knowledge be to the average human? It was one of the most redundant discoveries ever. Undoubtedly, lots of hard work and dedication was put into this experiment, and the results were surprising too, but does it have any great impact on us? Today, in most cases, unless knowledge is of some use to anyone, it cannot be valued, despite how hard it may have been to acquire it.

It is not true that only the production of knowledge only by difficulty is to be valued. We have all heard of Archimedes and the famous legend of him running around naked shouting “eureka” when he uncovered the principle of water displacement while getting into a bathtub[5]. Archimedes used to go in a bath every day and just one fine day, deep in thoughts he entered the bath. As he lowered himself slowly the water began to overflow. This fascination inspired him to go even lower and there he had his answer. This was not a real difficult task; all it took was a litter experience and a little reasoning to be done. This easy and interesting discovery has had an immense impact on mankind and is highly valued.

What marks the value of knowledge? The value for knowledge is not affected by the process of its production or the trouble taken to acquire it. Its esteem is dictated by its application, its prosperity, and utility to humanity. At whatever point ran with and related with a subjective limit, achievement and accomplishment, the learning made demonstrate a strong and direct association with the regard and worth that we credit to it. Likewise, the estimation of information relies on a man’s comprehension of the substance. Something which looks bad to a man may not know its criticalness and not discover an incentive in it. Estimation of what groups’ information to be significant. Is contrastingly seen by different individuals?

In the author’s opinion, any knowledge is placed at the same difficulty. The only thing that defers it, is the process and path to obtaining it. It is comparable to something like for a woodcutter cutting wood is easy, that’s because that is what he has been doing all his life. He does not face any problems or complications while cutting wood. If we put a businessman who has all the luxuries, knows the industry in and out and is very successful, in the situation of the cutter, it would seem like a fish out of water. He would not be able to cope with the pressure and arduous labour on his physical body. Pain and difficulty are thus, subjective and cannot be generalized. A scientist might not classify hardships in its explorations as a difficulty but rather just the right path to it. Therefore, the above example once again proves that all knowledge is the same, only the path to obtaining it is tougher or comparatively easier, therefore it is often misjudged that harder the path, superior the knowledge.

[1] Tweedie, Steven. “How the microwave was invented by a radar engineer who accidentally cooked a candy bar in his pocket.” Business Insider. Business Insider, 03 July 2015. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

[2] Bakalar, Nicholas. “Is It Dutch? Japanese? Why Not Ask the Rat?” The New York Times. The New York Times, 11 Jan. 2005. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

[3] Project, The Archimedes Palimpsest. “The Archimedes Palimpsest.” The History of Archimedes. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

Aishna Kumar from Sharda University, Delhi

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