Many philosophers ponder the idea that we can never know particular things for certain. Whether true, or not, this notion is incredibly important in the search for knowledge. Being agnostic regarding knowledge or conceptions of things can allow us the creative girth to think about problems in new and incredible ways, which can then spark novel solutions.
Everyone knew that the earth used to be flat.
Also been reading 10 Theories of Human Nature. The coolest takeaway is from the overview of major religions. Christianity talks about God being everywhere and in everything. Hinduism talks about Brahman, which is the original spirit and the thing that makes up the universe on its most basal level. In all the incredibly eloquent depictions of these ideas and beliefs, there is a striking resemblance to the description an excited scientist would give to energy. “It makes up everything!” he would say. “You can’t destroy it, nor can you create it. It passes on from form to form!!” he would continue. There’s just such a striking resemblance and I think that is cool beans. Maybe the smartest people in the world 2,000 years ago felt, and couldn’t ignore this fact that there was something that connects us all and that we are all ‘one’ in a sense. They didn’t (and couldn’t) have a scientific explanation for it. So they created a religious one. Cool beans, I say. Cool beans.