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Knowledge according to the Websters New Universal Unabridged Dictionary is defined as A clear and certain perception of something the act fact or state of knowing understanding Knowledge is something everyone possesses granted some have more knowledge than others and it forms itself in many different ways however nonetheless everyone has some sort of knowledge Knowledge is something people use in everyday life from waking up and getting ready for the day to taking a test or completing daily duties in the office However everything people have once learned may not be used in everyday life therefore is it fair to say that useless knowledge exists After reading a couple of pieces from two remarkable philosophers one being Henry David Thoreau in Walking and the other being John Henry Newman in The Uses of Knowledge I believe that useless knowledge exists in the world While Thoreau illustrates his ideas to the reader through images of nature and our surroundings in life Newman illustrates his perspectives in a lecture format Through their works both authors think of knowledge as a rather useless and irrelevant asset in order to succeed in life which supports the argument that humans learn as they grow and interact more so than when they sit behind a desk for nine months out of the year while being lectured to in what seems like a foreign language How many students at Saint Marys College would really take seminar class if it wasnt forced upon them in order to graduate The answer is obvious and the fact is that not many students if any at all would take the class However this seems awkward since many studies from the college show that seniors who have graduated in years past loved seminar and have labeled it as their favorite class Along with labeling seminar as their favorite class they say that seminar is the one class that has taught them the most and has helped
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