Paper 4 ABEL - Arnold Cheng Expos Sec FO Paper 4 Final...

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Arnold Cheng 11/9/10 Expos Sec FO Paper 4 Final Draft The Seeming Truth Throughout the ages, humans have always pursued and sought after the truth, a forever “gray-area” subject. In his writing, “How to Tell a True War Story,” author Tim O’Brien discusses how to tell a true war story and brings up the term “seemingness” as it relates to the truths of this world. Annie Dillard, in her work “The Wreck of Time” also brings to light a possible universal truth that it is almost impossible to have unlimited compassion as she presents a myriad of statistics relating to mass death and tragedies. In a world where facts are considered a barometer of knowledge and truth, where does O’Brien’s term “seemingness” fit into the picture? I will argue that this seemingness, in actuality, plays an equal if not larger role in determining truth and knowledge by first defining some key concepts such as seemingness and facts. Next, I will illustrate how truth is personal to an individual, and lastly I will demonstrate how human representations tend to lie tangent to or come as close as possible to the actual world representation. Exploring what truth is might enable us to realize the underlying effects of this “seemingness” and its gravity in our lives. Before delving deeper into this subject, I would like to define some key concepts that will be used throughout this paper. This paper will revolve around the term seemingness, so it will be pertinent to define this obscure concept, along with the terms “fact” and “knowledge” as it relates to seemingness. Seemingness is a term used to describe an experience; not only is it necessary and sufficient to be experiential, it also has to be an uncertain experience. As will later be explained, seemingness occurs in the foggy, uncertain experiences of an individual where the senses are dulled. Facts, on the other hand, are solid statements that assert something that is true. When it comes to facts, there are two aspects: mind-independent and mind-dependent. With the
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mind-independent view, there is a distinction between the individual’s representation of an event/experience and the actual worldly representation. For example, a book on a table will remain as a book on a table whether an individual thinks it or not. The other aspect of facts is the mind-dependent view, or the socially-constructed view, where there is no distinction between the mind and the world representation. These two aspects of facts are present in unison and O’Brien’s position utilizes both; seemingness encompasses the mind-dependent view that revolves around a mind-independent view. Without the mind-independent view, this
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