Title 3 – KQ 4 : To what extent Explanations for good understanding should be true?

KQ 4 To what extent Explanations for good understanding should be true?

 

Often, the separation of critical thinking or Reason either willingly or otherwise enables the person’s to engage with the mind to embed the thoughts, ideas, fantasies and myths.

Understanding through simple tools like Metaphors, especially the conceptual metaphors map image, object, concept or a process onto something familiar to establish a simple analogy. That is the reason metaphors have increasingly become indispensible in its usage in doing and teaching sciences. As a implicit rule of ‘No maths and equations’ in Science writing and popular science , metaphors have taken their place to make the understanding possible for general audience. In Literature , the metaphors build a deeper understanding of the text by relating and making connections to the familiar pieces to the reader. The reader is propelled to imagine , interpret and think literary elements in association with the prior experience.

But what do we gain by giving up our Reason and our beliefs . Suspension of our critical faculties to enable us to believe and imagine that is not real. In case of Arts, Literature and works of fiction, the sacrifice of realism and logic prepares us to enjoy and appreciate what the artists, authors and poets create for us.

For instance “ Suspension of Disbelief” is an underlying prerequisite for magic shows, futurist science fiction, surreal art forms. Suspension of truth sometimes seems to make the concept simple and a simple explanation makes the understanding and knowing easier , uncomplicated and effortless. Taking easy hold on to our senses and mind , a simple explanation removes the clutter and focuses on what is essential , basic and fundamental -an accessory of a good idea.

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