Would you like an Idea with that?
- Knowledge is inevitable
- Knowledge is the result of the human ability to learn
- Knowledge does not reside on a physical plane
There are a two main arguments for what ideas are, and where they come from: independently created by creative minds, or that “ideas do exist outside of space and time, and we grasp them via a special faculty of intuition”
In my article, these possibilities are discussed in a rather interesting way, with more than a little skeptical semantics through the writing.
It entertains the possibility of independent ideas through a rather bizarre idea, that doesn’t quite work the way it was meant to.
If John and Sarah both came to the conclusion that Jessica would make a great president at different times without influence of each other, the idea would have been conceived at two independent moments, and that “we seem committed to ideas as entities that exist independently of particular acts in which we thinking of them, and even of collections of such acts”. It’s bizarre in the way that this could argue for the other side as well, and the fact that they came to the same conclusion was mere coincidence.
After its laughable attempt to convince the reader of its idea, it moves on and discusses some interesting ideas; it relates this idea conundrum to both numbers an colour. If my car is red, where is the line between the redness of the car and the car itself? Is redness not some universal entity? And where should such an entity exist if it did? And how would something interact with it, in order to become red? “And how do particular red things partake of redness?” And finally, and possibly most importantly, did redness exist as a universal quality to obtain before an observer was there to experience it? If it’s some universal entity, where did it originate from?
“But now [the author is] getting long on hunches and short on details. Suffice it to say that, in[the authors view] at least, [the] very good question is still unsettled and unsettling.” It’s impossible to answer the answer, because the only definitive proof we will ever have, is if we somehow manage to observe that giant cesspool of ideas; however, if there is no such thing, we will never have proof for or against this idea, meaning we may never know.