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TOK Presentation: Our Faith in the Universe

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Natcha Vijitrujanaphan

on 27 November 2014

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the reliability of faith as a way of knowing
faith can vary with:
faith and other ways of knowing
Our faith in the universe
Faith is believing something to be true, even if it has not been proven to be true.
Premise One:
Premise Two:
Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was not scientifically proved initially.
Albert Einstein
1879 - 1955
What is
knowledge question
To what extent does faith influence scientific explorations?

natcha vijitrujanaphan
Relating to the
Knowledge Issues
Real life situation
What drove him to pursue and acquire his theory?
Do you think he would continue during that time if he did not believe that his work was leading to something?

Can we call his belief faith?
Is this belief in discoveries shared amongst natural scientists?
To what extent is our understanding of the universe based on faith?
Faith is complete trust or confidence in something
faith does not guarantee the attainment and justification of truth or understanding
seeking and constructing explanations of the universe is not achieved through the perception of one man
faith is different depending on the cultural contexts
To what extent does faith differ in the areas of knowledge of natural sciences and religion?
a scientist's perspective
faith in scientific explorations:
"People may use trust in science as others use religious faith to cope with life's uncertainties"
Does that mean that faith as a way of knowing is less valid and less effective in religion in comparison to natural sciences?
“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
albert einstein
Perhaps the extent of the role that faith plays in scientific explorations depends on the extent of the belief within the explorer.
does that mean scientists do not believe in religion or miracles?
- age
- education
- experience
- upbringing
St paul's cathedral
faith can be:
- personal knowledge
- unpredictable
- irrational
- intangible
- subjective
- influenced
How can something as intangible as faith justify the pursuit of exploration and truth in the reality-based natural sciences?
Faith can be used to justify a scientific exploration, usually personally by the explorers themselves, during the exploration.
in order for a scientific exploration to be accepted and used it requires other ways of knowing such as reason, language and sense perception
sufficient evidence
shared knowledge
In conclusion,
our understanding of the universe, within the area of knowledge of natural sciences, is dependent on scientific explorations, and they are not solely based on faith, although aspects of them can be.
All knowledge is based on some assumptions
(thus on faith)
paradigm shifts (scientific revolutions) occur through the combination of ways of knowing - perception, reason, language … and faith
Discoveries can sometimes involves breaking the set hypotheses
faith in natural sciences can shift more freely than in religion
Joseph Priestley
the man who discovered oxygen
Can our understanding ever be complete?
Can our understanding ever be complete?
Scientific conclusions are not absolute
- new ideas
- extra scope
- leap of understanding
- beyond reality
an intense, instinctive feeling
sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch
sense perception
provides evidence and proofs for accuracy
- tool for communication
- system of symbols
- sharing and developing knowledge
- cause, explanation, or justification
- contrasts with faith
- intellectual enlightenment
- rationality
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Redd, Nola Taylor. 'Einstein's Theory Of General Relativity'. Space.com. N.p., 2014. Web. 2 Nov. 2014.

theoryofknowledge.net,. 'Faith - Theoryofknowledge.Net'. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.

if something in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of world so far as our science can reveal it
faith is established and measured through the time spent on a scientific exploration
albert einstein
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