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Naomi Rodriguez April 20, 2018 Wells Period B Creating Something from Nothing Knowing nothing is knowing something, but in the end, how does one prove they know something if they truly know nothing at all. As one of philosophy’s biggest questions, to say no one knows nothing is contradicting in various ways. Scientist and mathematicians say they know things by proving the existence of a certain thing by experiments and models. Most ideas can be too complex to understand but to say no one knows nothing is too contradicting to say therefore using critical thinking it only causes more confusion to the topic. First, proving that the human mind exists and functions with critical thinking is a baseline. Then by using that baseline, it can be used to explain and tackle the ideas of whether everything around us is true so that one can say they have knowledge of something and not of nothing. By using rationalism, empiricism, and common belief, there is a way to explain how knowing nothing although there is perception is valid yet contradiction statement. Using reasoning has always been the easiest way to draw conclusions because it does not require empirical evidence. A common way rationalism is used is by using a syllogism, “If A and B, then C.” To say A happened and B happened, therefore, the cause must be C which can be a problem because there can be hidden flaws. Syllogisms do not guarantee the truth all the time because it is a shortcut by avoiding concrete evidence by using reasoning or common belief. Tying this to Plato’s Meno, it states that everyone is born with innate knowledge and self- awareness, therefore, means we do know something because we can think for ourselves. Using
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reasoning allows complex ideas to become more understandable by using Descartes’ Four Rules on whether it is true or not. The Four Rules consist of only accepting clear and distinct ideas,
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  • Spring '18
  • Jordan Wells
  • Epistemology, René Descartes, common belief

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