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Humans are fascinating creatures. We always seek knowledge, yet the more we seek, the more questions we have. This does not stop us, however, and our thirst for knowledge greatly outweighs the doubts increasing. 
Knowledge can be described as the information, facts or awareness that one gains through theoretical or practical understanding of a concept. According to Greek philosopher Plato, however, knowledge is “justified, true belief.” 
To state it simply, the more theories or information we learn about, the more we can become confused, and begin to doubt what we know. As the world is always undergoing constant change, our knowledge and what we think we know is also changing, and keeping up with this can result in confusion. 
If your knowledge is limited, there is more of a chance to learn new things, although this can lead to biases. These particular biases are formed when new knowledge is acquired, as our previous knowledge could lead to us not being able to perceive or understand it correctly-we are therefore not able to see the bigger picture. 
But what is doubt? Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty that comes before us, and it increases with knowledge. 
There is a paradox that I would like to point out, however. In the quote mentioned, it states that when we have less knowledge, we are more confident, but as knowledge increases, doubt consequently does as well. However, the questions that can be raised could be either due to the doubt one has as a result of more information, or the questions because of ignorance. 
“Ignorance is bliss” is a quote coined by 18th century English poet, Thomas Gray, and I believe it relates to the topic at hand. The less we know, the more content we are, as we are confident in our knowledge. I would like to point out, however, that this ignorance comes at a cost, and once we begin to start listening, understanding, interpreting, and taking in ideas and ideologies from people around us, our perception of the world changes, and so does our knowledge. This can lead to an increase in doubts as we begin to question everything that we once believed was true. 
Our confidence on the topic slowly starts to diminish as well. Confidence can be described a sum of a person’s past or present, and their experiences. Confidence is increased when first-hand knowledge is gained about a topic, though it can also decrease, due to similar experiences.

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This raises some knowledge issues related to what we know, and how this affects us, with relation to doubt. How can intuition shadow what we know and begin to create doubts in our minds in art and science? To what extent does reason play a role in how certain we are about the knowledge we possess? 
To explore one of the first knowledge claims addressed, we can begin by understanding how doubts are created in the first place, and how reason and intuition can sometimes blind us to create these doubts. Intuition is said to be a ‘gut-feeling’ or just believing something based on the sole reason that you believe it to be true, and not because there is substantial evidence or conscious reasons behind it. 
For example, when I was younger, I used to be enrolled in an art class, and one weekend, we were taken to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. One of the pieces that I saw was an abstract contemporary one, and featured numerous black and white symbols and engravings. Upon first glance, I perceived the painting to be that of one portraying vivid and lucid thoughts, because the movements of the brush strokes and design, in my mind, were something out of a transitional state. The knowledge I had on this painting and the artist was very limited, and though I did not know much about it, my intuition told me that what I perceived was correct and accurate. When I was asked to write a piece on this artwork, I wrote about its vivid monochromatic stance, and how it represents memory and visions. However, once I read up on the history of the artist, it became aware to me that he was an African American, who was part of the slave trade. This information made me view the black and white painting in a completely new way, corresponding the black and white to racism. This increase of knowledge weakened my confident stance about my vision, and my intuition and reason shadowed what I knew, and made me doubt it. 
The doubt that arises in one’s mind is proof that knowledge is limited or flawed, and can encourage a person to seek knowledge, However, this increase of knowledge can also make one doubt what they know. 

Moving on to the second knowledge claim, which exploring how reason can affect our confidence on the knowledge we have. Confidence is something that can create a solid ground upon which we can build our theories on, but being over confident in the face of limited knowledge might lead us to misinterpret or misrepresent an ideology that we have. Reason is the ability to think, understand, and form judgements logically, but it can also have an effect on the level of confidence we have on the knowledge. 
The more logically we think of a topic, or explore it, along with the information we gain by it, we begin to think more knowingly and deeply into the area, which causes our knowledge to increase. With this increase in knowledge comes doubt, which decreases one’s confidence on the matter. 
For example, Nicolaus Copernicus derived ‘The Revolution of Heavenly Orbs’ in 1473, which suggested that the Earth is stationary, and that the sun revolves around the Earth. This theory was widely accepted in the 14th century, as knowledge about the orbits and the solar system was very limited. This limited knowledge is what caused Nicolaus Copernicus to gain such confidence in his theory of the Heavenly Orbs, and his confidence also played a major role in convincing the people of that time that the sun does indeed revolve around the Earth. The reason why he was so confidence was due to the fact that he did not have much knowledge, and as we began to gain more knowledge into it, our reason and logistics came into play, and affected the level of confidence that Copernicus possessed. His theory was incorrect-it was in fact falsified and it is now known that the sun is stationary, and Earth, along with the other planets revolves and rotates around this. This developed reason impacted the level of confidence because knowledge increased, as our confidence comes from our own feelings towards knowledge issues, and knowledge can still exist with doubts.  
Having explored both sides of the argument, it can be stated that doubt does increase with knowledge, because the more we know about something, the more we want to find out, and we begin to question to what exactly we know. However, with more knowledge, doubt does not necessarily have to increase, as more knowledge can mean more information, which can give us an answer that is sought after, which eliminated the cause for doubt. 


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