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Our knowledge on knowing

Epistemology is the study of knowledge. But what does is mean? What is knowledge and where did it originate. Some definitions of this mystery we call knowledge are “a justified true belief” as Plato put it or “, All knowledge comes from experience” as Kant put it. But what is experience and its origin. And If for every reaction there is a positive and/or negative reaction. What was the first reaction and is all we know based on it.

Let’s say we’re painting a master piece, a Rembrandt and halfway through the paint fumes suffocate us, leaving an overall deficiency of oxygen in our blood. Our bodies are smart and know sacrificing a hand is better than a brain. We lose our hands and the painting is ruined because we try to proceed with our feet. Mind you we could have used a paint that didn’t kill us, a gas mask to counteract the poisonous fumes and refrained from using our feet and gotten somebody else to finish it, somebody with hands. We cannot deny that we now, through experience, know what dangers these critical mistakes can result in. By knowing we refrain from living situations like this ever again. Changing the course of history, forever. We live in a world of interactions and experience, like our painting universe. Let’s put into context the history of our universe

A brief history of the universe… 13.5 billion years, the emergence of a great plain we call home, the universe. A 100 billion galaxy wide nuclear bomb, condensed to a point of a peanut, all exploding at once. The Big Bang was the first steps of our universe. A variety of quasars, black holes and galaxies formed after it. And through various successes, mistakes and accidentals humans, trees and all other things in this universe were formed, including stars. Its 2016 and what is have yet to know lies within the successes, mistakes and accidentals that await us.

Losing hands and creating stars are a direct result of a recipe I call successes, mistakes and accidentals. To make a universe exactly like ours is the exact same sequence of events would need to take place, the butterfly effect. Because of this exactness that is needed what happens if Adolf Hitler was assassinated in 1936, we didn’t accidently discover X-rays and discover the domestication of dogs! What is more prepossessing than this anomaly is what hasn’t happened to shape our universe. We as humans cannot comprehend all that we do not know because the list is infinite. By the list being infinite, logically, we do not know anything. We know one thing, our universe and have yet to compare it with the infinite number of variations that we cannot know. 2016 on earth, in the galaxy, in the universe is unknown and until we compare to everything else, we will not know of its soundness. That task is impossible so nothing is known and maybe nothing exists. Epistemology, the study of knowledge and the study of something we cannot comprehend.



-Mr Jackson various lectures on epistemology

-Pale Blue dot by Carl Sagan

-Cosmos by Carl Sagan

-Broncas Brain  by Carl Sagan



Pale Blue Dot courtesy of NASA; what see is a space that has traveled less than 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% of the universe. And that barely visible pale blue dot is us, all of us, all of what we are and all of what we know.



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