Sanstorm’s Cosmic Envelopes and the Subjectivity of Knowledge
Yesterday raised the question of knowledge.
Just as morpheus offered Neo a trip to the bottom of the rabbit hole, who is to say there wasn’t another rabbit hole and Morpheus was all in Neo’s mind?
Or that Neo had a mind…
(…I’m so glad movies are fictional.)
But as for knowledge, I think that it is largely an illusion.
I know the world is round. Spherical-ish, anyway. Not flat.
I know this.
However, a few hundred years ago, my ancestors knew the world WAS flat.
A-ha, you say- they THOUGHT the earth was flat. We KNOW it is round because science has proved it.
But, from the point of view of my ancestor- they knew what they knew. (except they were just thinking, not knowing).
It is the truth or falsity of an assertion that differentiates between belief and knowledge.
In other words: what makes knowledge knowledge is truth. If something is true, and someone believes it, it is knowledge. If something is false, and someone believes it, it is belief.
But if you believe something, you surely must necessarily believe that there is a truth there to turn your belief into knowledge.
But knowledge is therefore subjective. It is, almost, only lucky: if your beliefs happen to coincide with reality.
So, to the cosmic envelopes:
Imagine there are metaphorical cosmic envelopes. Inside each one are the beliefs of individuals.
There is a separate beast of an envelope. Contained within is the truth.
Only where the believer’s envelope tallies with the Truth envelope can there be said to be any knowledge.
I’ll leave it there…