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Chapter 03: Knowledge VS Truth

I subscribe to Hume and Thomas S Kuhn’s ideas of knowledge. My understanding of Hume is that knowledge is accumulated by previous experiences, we know that the sun will rise tomorrow because it has done so in the past, but that is not to say that it will rise. We do not have access to the future but we know the past from which we can make accurate predictions so that we can create systems of thought that can further help us navigate through the physical world. Thomas S Kuhn writes that knowledge is not static, the more we learn the more it evolves. Truth I believe is another matter, truth is static and we are on an eternal struggle towards it, but will never reach it, no matter how hard we try, it will just be out of our grasp. I see knowledge as a system of thought, or maybe a lens from which we try to look at the truth. Just like the lens creates distortions so does a system of thought. Just like the lens is only able to capture a frame of reality so does knowledge, but most importantly when one uses the lens to take a picture and you get a print of reality, the image is not reality, only a picture of it and so is knowledge in relation to truth. I see knowledge as a methodology to understand the truth.

I believe a teacher more readily understands the difference between truth and knowledge, whilst the preacher says that knowledge is the truth. And that is why I see myself as a teacher. 

3 Comments

  1. Elaine Janice Venoe November 5, 2018

    I am proud to call you my son. I don’t always understand however I do try
    You are true to yourself and a picture of what humans should strive for . Not be so absorbed in material gains but should see beyond that. Love you for ever.

    • bjorn November 5, 2018

      Thank you 🌞 it is all about trying, understanding not so much. Love BX

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