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Is Knowledge Impossible? – Phil’s Day Off, Tali Berlin

Initial question: Is it possible to have absolute knowledge at all?

Last weekend I didn’t really have a chance to explore my question, so I’m choosing to write my Phil’s Day Off post about this weekend, in which I got my wisdom teeth out.

What I ended up doing all weekend is eating baby food and watching Harry Potter… all of them.

While I was on pain killers, I experienced the world a bit different than my mother, who was not on pain killers and was serving me gross blended meals and criticizing my movie choices. But who’s to say that her version of this weekend had anymore truth to it than mine, just because I was on pain killers? Some might argue that my version of this weekend is not true, as it was altered and distorted by the drugs I was on. However, I argue (I’m still groggy don’t judge me too much), that perhaps my view of this weekend had more truth to it than my mother’s view. Although she was not on any pain medication, all the past experiences in her life, just like in any person’s life, have altered the way she perceives certain things to be different than mine. So if both my mother and I get asked about this weekend, we both would have different stories and versions to say, but both true to each of us. Therefore, answering my discussion sub question (can one question have multiple, and true, answers, or is there only always one answer to each question?). People perceive different things in different ways, altering the way we experience things. This helps answer my initial question. I don’t think it’s possible to have one absolute, certain True knowledge, as people perceive things through senses, which act differently in each person.


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