Thursday, June 28

n the Pursuit of “Truth”

As per Zeke's request I will entertain you with a brief explanation of my own philosophical views in general. Firstly I am a cynic when it comes to mans ability to know anything. I would go so far as to say we cannot know anything with certainty if that statement didn’t contradict itself by asserting we can know we know nothing.

It is clear then that we must first assume something before we can claim we know anything. Others assume there religion is True, or that the laws of science are a more correct explanation of things, or etc. etc. I assume we can know nothing. While this seems bleak, on the contrary it allows me to freely seek out any and all knowledge. This freedom allows me to see the faults or potential gaps within other theories or beliefs.

Why should I still see a need to pursue knowledge in pursuit of the Truth? Because if I assume we can know nothing, I assume that same belief is also potentially false. I think we can still benefit from assumed facts, I just don’t feel the need to believe there are no other possibilities or that any one possibility is superior to all others.

A mathematical example may help to explain my thoughts. If we are going to ascertain the meaning of life, we could start by looking at all the current innumerous explanations, then fathom that there will be many more as our existence continues. If we assume we continue to exit infinitely, we can assume an infinite number of choices. If we do not, the number is still high enough to serve in this example. Take one explanation out of the potentially infinite possibilities, now how can we presume this one example is true? Mathematically the odds of being wrong are so staggering that it would be rather pompous for someone to presume he could accomplish such a feet.

Just some of my thoughts, which could very well be wrong.


At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a fathers comment on your latest blog. Check this out, probably makes more sense than I do.

Just wait till you get older, everything is, as they say, illuminated--NOT (but it's a good movie title)

If the link doesn't work check out 'Let The Mystery Be' by Iris DeMent.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Zeke said...

And there we have it, thanks.

Like the ancient Greeks who in later years used their time in the seeking of knowledge. They soon liked to talk about rather than do anything. Endless talk led to not taking a stance on anything.

May you in the future have more to occupy your time...until that day, may the games continue.

Like a night of hard drinking, I'm not sure if in the morning this will make any sense...on that note, I can't wait to drink!

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