How certain should you be that you know, what you think you know

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.
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5 responses to “How certain should you be that you know, what you think you know

  1. Melaina Vinski

    you simply must read The Blank Slate, by Steven Pinker

  2. I’ve been thinking recently about how many of the religions were trying to provide narratives to explain the world around them. I liked your point about Energy being synonymous with God/good. And the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (tendency of the universe to disorder) could be characterised as Bad/Evil. The interaction of input energy and it’s continuous fight with Entropy gives the universe it’s structure and is essential. Is this Ying/Yang. The fight between God and the Devil. Did the Buddha talk about becoming free of attachment to end suffering because he observed that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics always wins in the end and we must be prepared to lose this battle.

    Read a book called ‘Ubiquity’ by Mark Buchanan. Along with Anti Fragility, it is one of those books which has changed my entire perspective on life.

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