By definition pursuit requires one to give energy and time, and it is also defined as following something to capture it. So to be in pursuit of something requires you to have a goal, or an end. This end result is based on previous knowledge that reveals that it will be useful in some way or another. Knowledge that is pursued is, generally and logically, pursued for a reason. A belief is in essence placing trust or confidence in something. So the question is, how do a person’s beliefs affect the way they acquire knowledge.
The beliefs of the world can generally help define what is useful, which means that they determine the type of knowledge that is investigated for and obtained. However the world is a very diverse place with different cultures, each culture having its own set of beliefs. All types of knowledge must be considered, to determine what values and beliefs of humanity affect the pursuit of knowledge. Empirical knowledge affects the further pursuit of knowledge, as this is the type of knowledge that is acquired through experiences.
Generally future pursuits of knowledge are based upon these experiences. Intuitive knowledge is examined due to the fact that they are the foundation of humanity’s search for knowledge for reasons such as preservation. An intuitive person is always driven by their belief and values to open and expand what they know to open new realms of knowledge. Metaphysical knowledge must also be considered since beliefs about the world and the realm of metaphysics mutually influence what is deemed valuable. There have been so many examples of the pursuit of knowledge based on what people believe.
An example of which would be in the 15th century, Christopher Columbus hoped to find a path to the Indies to prove that the world was round. Columbus did this to prove that the world was round, which was the belief at this time. The queen of Spain decided to finance his expedition because of her own metaphysical beliefs not to mention her own interests as well. Isabella believed like many people that Christianity was the ‘true’ religion and she wanted to spread its message to what she thought was the far east.
Since she believed that was her duty, to give Columbus the three ships as to spread Christianity to the natives, she willingly gave him those ships. Had the queen not thought it useful then she would have turned it down. King Ferdinand II thought that this mission would be worth financing simply because he was thinking of the possible monetary gain. This idea that finances may be an aid or a disadvantage to the pursuit of knowledge depends solely on the viewpoint of the pursuer is still a fact today.
Scientists, must prove to financers that there experiment, or ideas may be useful in some ways, in many cases a profitable one. It is possible that even though that there is a profit in pursuing certain types of knowledge many people could pursue knowledge for more than altruistic reasons. On a personal level, I believe with the use of the internet has helped make it easier to acquire knowledge, every day more information is placed on the web.
I am naturally a curious person and I am constantly searching new information in the natural sciences, because I believe that it is important to keep up with the rising technology of our world, the reason is because this technology or even experimental treatments that I read so much about could help me help other people that I know or are close to. Another big factor of how beliefs affect our pursuit of knowledge is our code of ethics, which differ slightly from culture to culture. A person’s capability to distinguish right from wrong will determine how they interact with people.