Intro to WOKs- Sense Perception and Natural Science

Outline the role of 1 WOK in 1 AOK in the production of knowledge.

Sense perception is particularly relevant in natural science. Natural science derives knowledge through science methods which follow the step of making observations where scientists look for patterns under microscopes through the use of the five sense: hear, smell, sight, taste and touch, creating inductive hypothesis which are results of observing patterns and and drawing conclusions based on the observation they see in the data. An example in biology would be to determine the approximate time it takes for a cell to pass through the stages of mitosis. A knowledge claim is that it takes the longest amount of time for cells to pass through interphase. To conduct this experiment, we would have to look at an onion tip under the microscope and count the number of cells in each stage. identify the stages of mitosis seen under the microscope, we would have to compare images of cells in different stages in our textbook and under the microscope. Experimental tests are done to investigate whether this theory is true and the results can only be observed through human senses, sight in particular.

Knowing that WOKs are double-edged swords: they are sources of knowledge and are also fallible, how do any disciplines in the AOK you chose above guard against the weaknesses of the WOK you chose?

On the other hand, sense perception might not be reliable as different people may perceive in different ways, one person might see things that the other might not necessarily see. As the results rely on our sense perception to analyze the information, it might produce inaccurate conclusions.   Using the example above, one person might identify certain cell in interphase but it may not look like the cell is in certain stage to another person. There are also human errors which causes the experiment to be inaccurate and some of the cells might be too small to see. All of them contributes to the inaccuracy of the results to the extent that the claims might be falsified due to human errors.