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Title When the only tool you have is a hammer all problems begin to resemble nails Abraham Maslow How might this apply to ways of knowing as tools in the pursuit of knowledgeThe quote in the prescribed title stimulates a wide range of possible interpretations Tools can refer to merely anything our knowledge instructions skills experience cultures and circumstances There are many situations that fit the meaning of the quote as well When I was asked to count the number of blue cars I did not notice how many non-blue cars there were When I felt that the clothes I tried on did not suit any supportive comments resembled criticisms This is commonly referred to confirmation bias in which we are led to believe in things that fit our expectations To add Immanuel Kant in his colored-spectacles paradox claimed When we wear colored spectacles red to view the world all the matter and substances appearing in the world will turn red Raymond p25 In essence our own filters affect the way we view the world Upon further exploration I drew a parallel to the Ways of Knowing and asked myself how do the WOKs affect our pursuit of knowledge Using WOKs in a homogenous way may enhance or limit the amount depth and type of knowledge we acquire Hence I arrived at my knowledge issue How do reason and emotion affect the scope of knowledge acquisition in HistoryHistory is one of the Areas of Knowledge that is the study of the series of events and interpretation based on historical evidences The nature of the evidence and the way historians choose and present the ideas has a tremendous effect on the pursuit of knowledge in History History written from a post revisionist or modern perspective gives the advantage of time and hindsight Consequently the knowledge in History historical facts outlines the timeline of events in detail allowing knowers to evaluate the consequences of events occurredTo
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