Talons Philosophy

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Proposition: Knowledge has been made up, and is incorrect.
Statement: If the world does not give us answers, and if we’re assuming that what we are getting from studies is the real answer (but is actually not), then we are technically making up this knowledge, therefore making knowledge unreliable and based on propositions.

My view on knowledge would be placed on the nihilistic side of the spectrum. I’ve always thought about the information in science textbooks and social textbooks, asking myself, where did this information come from? Most likely passed down from historians and scientists, all biased in one way or another. The words in a textbook are all based on experiences in the past. You could say history is different in a way, because it is a view on events experienced
by humans throughout time. But, can you prove Jesus was a white man and that he supposedly “resurrected” himself? No, because the last man who physically saw this with his own eyeballs has been dead for thousands of years, and therefore cannot prove that Jesus is even a thing, even if it’s been written in a sacred text. Science, on the other hand is more complicated. For an easy example, let’s use the dinosaurs. Apparently they were wiped out by a giant meteorite. Geologists found “evidence” linking a crater somewhere in south america to the fall of the dinosaurs. But is that
really what happened? We’re assuming that it was a meteorite but, it could have been countless other things. It could have been some poisonous mineral in the waterways, it could have been an epidemic, it could have been a giant robot chicken for all we know. No one was there, therefore we have no idea what happened. But we have been continuously fed the idea of “mass extinction via meteorite” and it’s only grown from there.

I think what I’m getting at is, did we decode knowledge in the correct way? And did we process it in the correct way? There are so many things we don’t know. Are aliens out there if we look far enough or are we the only planet in the universe that bears life? Who looked at a cow’s udder and said, “yes if I squeeze these things I can drink the fluid that comes out of them”. Was English meant to be the universal language? Those scientific names that we give species, are all just made up words. From what may I ask? Where did those words originate from? And where did the words that act as the origin of those origin words come from? Random sounds made by cavemen? How did numbers come to be? Who sat down and decided “yes….this…thing…will be called….O N E….this O N E, S I N G U L A R….O B J E C T IN MY IMAGINATION…” as I’m saying that, I also think, how did people come up with the words singular and object? Where the hell did they come from. Why one object? Why not two? Why can’t one be two? Why do we care…? Sorry I’m rambling but I don’t think anyone really understands what I’m getting at.

The world does not speak to us, and gives us the answers we need. Answers are not magically etched upon rocks by mother nature. As people evolved, they made stories to fill the holes of unknown knowledge. ‘The world is flat and carried on the back of a giant turtle’, or ‘there are hundreds of gods that live in a floating mountain and they basically control every element of our universe’ are all examples of stories and myths humans have come up with, and have been passed down for generations. Are they really myths though? Some we may be able to prove, some we are only able to wonder about. The world has billions of unanswered questions and we’ll never really find out the truth behind any of them.





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