In What Ways May Disagreement Aid the Pursuit of Knowledge in the Natural and Human Sciences?

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There is a quote by an evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins that goes as following: “Scientists disagree among themselves but they never fight over their disagreements. They argue about evidence or go out and seek new evidence.” This quote captures the essence of what this essay is going to cover. Disagreement opens room for questioning and reasoning.. In order to make the knowledge question that entitles this essay easier to understand, the “pursuit of knowledge” needs to be defined. The pursuit of knowledge is a famous term to define the inherent concept of humanity’s constant desire to know more. Personally this topic appeals to me as I have seen the substantial curiosity that children possess, but I believe this thirst for knowledge is very limited. All children want to hear is an answer, but they don’t question the sources or ask to see the evidence. When I noticed this trait in young children, I had an epiphany that if our global society followed this childish outlook on the world, the world and the education system wouldn’t be the same. I will elaborate upon two possible perspectives towards this question; either you believe that disagreement does aid the pursuit of knowledge or you believe that it doesn’t. I will demonstrate both perspectives by analyzing how the roles of logic and emotion help gain new knowledge in the sciences. Ideally the role of logic is applied towards the natural sciences, and the human sciences use emotion as a way of knowing. I believe that disagreement in the natural and human sciences opens up the opportunity to question what has been asserted, in order to ameliorate our current Truths, but there are cases where this same disagreement rather hinders the pursuit of an “underlying truth”.
The first perspective agrees with the statement above, that disagreement aids the pursuit of knowledge in the natural and human sciences. The…...

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