GRE Essay Topic 372 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "We learn through direct experience; to accept a theory without experiencing it is to learn nothing at all."
We can learn through direct experience such as studying to make pottery, cooking a meal, learning to swim, even writing a composition, all of which is more easily mastered by direct experience rather than a series of theories, but that is not to say that to accept a theory without experiencing it...
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Although many people blindly resort to theoretical approach while learning, I would strongly buttress learning through direct experience.
One reason for my belief is, theory is merely an approach towards what is intended to happen. But experience is what happens in reality. There is a lot of difference in what is intended to happen and what happens in reality. When we are not allowing ourselves to learn from direct experience we are hampering the process of learning there itself. All the theories, we are now learning are not directly experience by the people who proposed those theories. Yet, some of the proposed theories are directly experienced.
Other reason for my belief is based on what theory and experience generally refer to:
What is a theory? A theory is something which is likely to be true and experienced. What is an experience? An experience is something which is true or a theory which came to be true. Resorting to theory curbs our strength to clearly understand and view the truths. But when we choose to learn from direct experience it helps us clearly understand what suppositions are, what facts are and on which assumptions facts are inferred from or based on.
Finally, I would like to give a lighter note of conclusion. Theory is the child of assumption, whereas, experience is the result of theory put into action. But whether the theory is true or false depends on not what is intended to happen but on what happened when it is put into action. So, I would, recommend learning through direct experience rather than blindly mugging up or believing theories.