Method and Solution

The attainment of knowledge can happen unconsciously or consciously depending on various situations. For a child, knowledge is largely gained through an unconscious manner of which even the child itself has no control of. However, formal education requires a systematic process to which a firm grasp of knowledge is desired as its ultimate product. This systematic approach is the step by step method to produce order out of a seemingly chaotic state of raw and unorganized data. The outcome of this systematic method will bring forth a solution, pattern or trend that is easy to understand and practical to be utilized.

For the purpose of this essay, the term subject matter would be used as the notion to describe what is being held for discussion. This means that the term subject matter is interchangeable with any problem, question or topic that an individual wishes to increase his knowledge on. The systematic method is divided into six distinctive divisions that are in reality a continuous process throughout a person’s quest for knowledge.

The input stage is the first stage of the method of systematic knowledge. Input comes from instincts, senses, perception or experiences that are forever bombarding the mind an individual from on a daily basis. As the mind matures, the level of consciousness and the amount of memories accumulated would increase steadily. This process of intellectual growth enables thinking, communication and intelligence among human beings.

It is after some substantial development of higher cognitive abilities that one starts forming ideas, opinions and beliefs in the various objects and occasions of the physical world. It is at this stage that the method can be applied. Every subject matter that can be doubted should be doubted. The reexamination of personal ideas, opinions and beliefs is imperative to the understanding of anything. To attain knowledge, one must first have a stand or a position which must later be attacked by doubt.

After the presence of both faith and doubt, one must then proceed to form a definition of the subject matter. The definition step must contain of two processes namely, the generalization process and the distinction process. The generalization process involves looking at the areas to which the subject matter is similar to other objects or occasions. After having done so, one must then proceed to the distinction process to point out the differences of the subject matter in comparison with the objects or occasions similar to it.

Having defined the subject matter in question, one can then proceed to the next two stages of defining its limitations and possibilities. The limitations of the subject matter should be objects or occasions that have happened in the past and are now unchangeable facts. The possibilities on the other hand are objects or occasions that have high chances of happening in the future and subject to variability. The objective of these two stages is to determine the subject matter’s reason of being (raison d’être) or justification of existence relative to the past and also the future.

The fifth stage of the method is the systematic analysis stage. The objective of this stage is to establish a truth that affects every individual in the same way. Inductive reasoning is used at this stage to support a conclusion through observations and experimentation while deductive reasoning is used to establish universal truths that can be applied to every individual and every situation. These universal truths like the law of gravity, velocity and the continuous flow of time must be free of the sense-experience factor and therefore a part of the independent reality that we live in.

The last stage, the output stage, is completed when a formal form of thought is expressed in words that can be clearly understood by other individuals. In my opinion, universal truths must be a combination of two variables of which one is the constant variable and the other a changing variable. For example, everybody is subjected to the continuous flow of time. The continuous flow of time is a constant while the changing environment because of time is the changing variable. In conclusion, knowledge of any subject matter must be the understanding of the relation between two of more variables that change when subjected to time.

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