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How do you know things that you are certain you know You may have a strong believe in a god but how can you be certain that god exists Perhaps you know for certain that you are love with your partner but how are you to know what love truly is How do we know what is real Questions such as these are the basis of epistemology Commonly referred to as knowledge theory epistemology examines Western assumptions and explore variations of them by posing the question how do we know As human beings we are far to accepting ideas and beliefs that are presented to us be it by or parents our friends our society or even our teachers We accept the beliefs presented to us so much so that we embrace them and hold them as our own we are conditioned to do so I have been taught from a young age to identify a firm red fruit by its appropriate title apple Similarly I have been taught that any knowledge obtained by the senses is in essence real For example I know that the keyboard that I am typing on exists that it is in essence real I am able to come to this conclusion through the use of my senses I am able to touch the keyboard as well as see it therefore it must exist Philosophers agree that deciding how we know is a critical preliminary to attaining what we know In other words the basis of our knowledge provides its justification Richard Linklaters film Waking Life is accurately illustrates such a philosophies Waking Life revolves around the life of the main character Wiley who is Dreaming While dreaming Willy meets many different
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