The Arts – Ways of Knowing

One of our tasks in class was to create a diagram showing how 3 or 4 ways of knowing work with one another in the acquisition of knowledge.












The four ways of knowing that my group believed work together in the acquisition of knowledge are sense perception, imagination, emotion and reason. We concluded that the four ways of knowing work together in a cycle, in the particular order that was previously mentioned, starting from sense perception. Sense perception is one of the first ways of knowing that is put to use when looking at a piece of art, as we are actively taking what we see and changing it into thoughts, opinions and interpretations. This is then linked to imagination, as we use the creativity within our minds to come up with plausible analyses. We believed that imagination works hand in hand with emotion, as one’s current sentiments and feelings at the time could potentially affect the way that the artwork is being perceived. Finally, reason can be used to implement logic in order to fully make sense of the interpretation at hand and suggest . 

Knowledge of the Arts

What is the methodology behind the lightsaber as a piece of art?

I think that the lightsaber was a result of personal knowledge requiring imagination and creativity, as the weapon in Star Wars was originally meant to be a sword instead. However, due to the desire for a more futuristic approach, the normal sword became one with laser. This was further developed using reason, as the lightsaber was meant to represent the power and authority of the Jedi rather than constantly be used in fights. The relation to technology is also prominent, as it allowed the right effects to be applied during post-production of the film to make the laser of the lightsaber seem realistic. At the same time, creativity also had to be applied during the making of the film, as a flashlight was used as the basis of the lightsaber and the actors had to hold it with both hands in order to pretend that it was heavy.


Does Deadmau5 give you knowledge that goes beyond language?

I think that it gave me knowledge that goes beyond language. While listening to the song and walking around the classroom, I had the constant urge to move and dance. I believe that this is knowledge that goes beyond language, as this feeling and sensation that emerged cannot be fully expressed in words and can only be understood when it is actually felt.

Definition of the Arts

Personally, I believe that the Arts consist of the creation of visual expression and application, typically using creativity and imagination – such as painting, music, literature and dance. Nonetheless, many people have different views of what can truly be considered as art, so opinions and views on art are often rather subjective. Art is often made to be viewed and appreciated by a greater audience, but it is not always necessary depending on the intentions of the artist. 

Natural Science – WOK’s, Language and Concepts

  • Write about two separate networks that use the ways of knowing. The first network uses the ways of knowing to produce knowledge in the natural sciences while the second network uses the ways of knowing to acquire knowledge in the natural sciences. Each network should have a minimum of two ways of knowing in it.

Network for Producing Knowledge:

Imagination: Imagination must be utilised to come up with the initial spark or idea, allowing an investigation to commence and a hypothesis to be made. Without imagination, we would not have the ability to think of new ideas that might apply to the world around us.

Sense Perception: During observations, sense perception must be used in order to comprehend what is happening around us and process the information to draw conclusions.

Reason: After the observations have been made, an important aspect of the Natural Sciences is proving your conclusions and justifying them with relevant research and information. Without proper reasoning and proof, no one would believe any claims that are made.


Network for Acquiring Knowledge:

Language: Many aspects of the natural sciences are learned through definitions and explanations, all of which is learned by communicating through language. Although models and diagrams exist, textual and spoken information is ultimately more effective in learning concepts and making note of what is learned.

Faith: Faith is an important way of knowing during the acquisition of knowledge due to the fact that if people do not believe in or trust the information that is being given to them, they would not fully accept and process it. In order to acquire knowledge to the greatest extent, there must be an element of faith.

Memory: During the acquisition of knowledge, it would be pointless if the information was not remembered and was merely forgotten and ‘thrown away’. As a result, memory is significant in recalling concepts and applying it to daily life.


Why is it important for the Natural Sciences to have their measurements found in nature and not created by humans? How is measurement the language of Natural Science?

I think it is important for the Natural Sciences to have their measurements found in nature due to the fact that it is less likely to be modified or changed compared to measurements created by humans. Measurements created by humans have the tendency to fluctuate over time, so it is more reliable to utilise measurements that can simply be found around us instead. Measurement is the language of Natural Science due to the fact that it involves a lot of numerical values in many cases, as well as the need for quantification in observations, data and research.