Response to fellow classmate – Week 3 DQ 2 – Mary Harris

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Philosophers have identified several types of knowledge that are either explicit or tacit (Moser, 1996). Locke’s argument that all knowledge comes from experience cannot be supported as valid nor can it be reconciled based upon the nature and versatility of the human instincts and intuition. Explicit knowledge is self-conscious knowledge in which the knower is aware. For example, explicit knowledge is something that an individual can document, share, define, measure, or represent in some way: knowledge that can be articulated in formal language and includes, for example, grammatical statements, mathematical expressions, and the exact sequences of steps or actions necessary to accomplish or perform something. In contrast, tacit knowledge is unconscious knowledge of which the knower is not aware, and is defined as personal knowledge embedded in individual experience (Murphy et. al, 2012). An individual may be aware of the essential components of what is necessary for making a grammatical statement, and might subconsciously be aware of the need to make a grammatical statement but received no nurturing while learning the act which then still presents the knower with knowledge, but not an experience. All human beings have instincts and intuition that provide an appearance of knowing from a psychological standpoint, but does not necessarily give an explicit knowing.

On more than one occasion I have responded to situations based upon instinct and intuition. There have been cases where my perception gave me a certain “knowing” that could not be contradicted nor did it waver. Those times involved a great sense of danger and my gut instinct told me to follow my instincts. Then there have been times that I have followed through with an idea based upon an intuition that prompts me to trust the decisions that are being made by me. These cases usually happen when my explicit knowing is not as strong, but the sense to proceed is. As a Christian I lean more to guidance by the Holy Spirit through Gods word now, rather than instinct or intuition because I understand that the mind is extremely powerful and can create things into existence so while I do feel that Lockes argument has some serious limitations, I also feel that the contradictions of his argument lends room for additional research to lend to the body of knowledge.

Please answer the above question with at least 150-250 words and using at least 1 reference. Reference needs to be from a peer reviewed article or journal and needs to be cited in APA 6th edition format. Also, of applicable, please provide www or doi website info for reference.

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