Title 6 – KQ 3 : How are various WOK(ways of knowing) involved in forming contrasting perspective?

KQ 3 : How are various WOK(ways of knowing) involved in forming contrasting perspective?

Our belief systems , inner and acquired knowledge and intuition, through continuous transformations, do lead us to claims and outcomes that are implausible and contradictory to others. In addition to this , contrasting perspectives are not immune from the presence of multiple biases, uncertainty and eternal infallibility.

Culture has a major role in shaping the way Individuals perceive , interpret and reason. Researchers Louise Rasmussen and Winston Sieck of Global Cognition have found that when culturally inexperienced Americans try to take the perspective of Afghans, they draw the wrong conclusions about what the Afghans are thinking and feeling. There is a crucial relationship between knowing the another person’s history and background and taking a cultural perspective on another person’s ideas, beliefs, and values.

There are different approaches that individuals take to process information and form perspectives. Some of the instances of these differences as found by researchers are : “adopting a side or seeking a middle path,” “blaming me or blaming the situation,” and “logic versus experience.”While some people are more receptive to opposing voices, others are more likely to hold on to their views. Some rely more on their Experience while others use Reason. Similarly facts , data , evidence influence some to form perceptions whereas anecdotes are more consequential in interpretation by others. There is also difference in interpretation of knowledge versus the reality (known as epistemic versus ontic in philosophy of science ) that further shapes up perspectives. The limitations of human observation and existing knowledge regulates how we use Reason or Imagination.

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