TOK Prompt #5

by Gaby on September 15, 2018

Knowledge in the arts is clearly story-like, whereas knowledge in natural science is clearly map-like.

Although there is a clear distinction between the arts being more creative, independent and personal, and natural science being more of a shared map-like knowledge, there is still a spectrum in which both areas of knowledge which require story-like and map-like conventions in order to function. When an artist constructs a piece of artwork together, they add their own unique elements that make it personal and relatable within themselves, whether it is their opinions, intentions or feelings, it is to envoke their own journey or stories towards an audience. Although for commonly known artists, it’s most likely found that they follow a kind of structure or technique which was taught to them by previous art teachers and other famous artists. For example in the era of rennaissance between 1280 to 1400, Italian artists began to cultivate and understand how to create painting or drawings in a proportion which create realism art. These techniques are still used and taught in modern societies in order to understand tips and advice on how to draw proportionally from a real-life image. Thus this may show that in some forms of art like realism, a certain sense of map-like knowledge (clear, constructive, strict) is needed where there is a procedural shared source of techniques used in order for an artist to produce their intended outcome. As for the areas of natural science, knowledge of how things are to be are proved through hypothesized procedures and evidence which support a certain claim. In order to produce a hypothesis, a scientist must evaluate a storylike reasoning for certain areas of science. For example within the evolution of man, people have hypothesized and predicted that human species has evolved from apes. That hypothesis was made not through map-like thinking where it requried shared and strict knowledge but was produced through creativity, reasoning, and explanations of how human species has evolved.

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