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In what ways may disagreement aid the pursuit of knowledge in the natural and human sciences?

I believe that disagreement between individuals is a key factor that unravels more complete knowledge about everything. We all definitely have blind spots, and the different views of people may help us in achieving greater knowledge. Despite disagreement can become somewhat out of control, the conclusions achieved are definitely worth it. I'm interested in knowing where disagreement between different theories in natural and human sciences helped in gaining knowledge.


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    Nov 26 2012: Yup

    Knowledge does not come about with out some upset, just the way it is.

    Gaining knowledge is a process of comparison, just the way it is.

    And the corollary if the data is not compared it does not have much value. E.G. rote memorization with no intention towards application.
    • Dec 4 2012: i really dislike your generalization of "just the way its" ....so u think no form of knowledge is gained from personal experiences of achivements or mistakes and failures in life??? Does knowledge have to be some form of empirical data etc can it now be a detail or an ability of a skill??? And mistakes many pppl learn the deep subjective values of life through experiences and mistakes in which they seem to be enlightened. ....for me although comparison is a good way to achieve knowledge it is too objective and is definitely not just the way it is..... i agree with ur example of rote memorization however what about personal data which does have sentimental value to someone it does not have to be compared for it to gain value!! maybe not to us put to that certain person it may have value.......
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        Dec 4 2012: I think you misunderstood me.

        Knowledge is all about application. Knowledge does not come about by theoretical study without any regard for application. Academics are often an example of someone who couldn't apply their education if you held a gun to their head. That is just the way it is. Objection duly noted.

        By definition knowledge is objective. The subjective part may come in to play with regards to your subjective disposition of the application of the knowledge. You know why doesn't this work or damn another failed test. btw the lubricant WD40 stands for water displacement test 40

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