“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”
If you don’t know what you don’t know, then the idea of this is to be a place of exposure to ideas and new paradigms. I hope to confer the coherence and intertwined nature of all the forms of knowledge. How new branches are formed from old ones, and how all kinds of knowledge and its pursuits are married to the most basic questions of human existence and nature.
Epistemology is the study of knowledge that asks what is knowledge, how to obtain it, and is it important? As it stands there is no agreed upon definition of what exactly knowledge is……… how odd don’t you think?
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
It is far to lazy to just simply except our conditioning of faith. To just except what we’ve been told or what we think ourselves. It denies the ability to know truth, if it is understood that truth comes from the pursuit of it.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
I absolutely love to lose arguments compared to the disappointment of winning one. If I win an argument I don’t learn anything and may still be incorrect or correct for the wrong reasons. However if I lose then I am forced to reconsider my position either by educating my self further on my belief or adjust my world view altogether. Either way I grow in strength of my Convictions or gain a broader perspective.
“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.”
Even if we are absolutely convicted in our world view most world views encourage the development of faith. Besides how can one stand in the world and not ponder in awe the awesome mysteries of the universe?
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
The ancients use to teach in the name of others and say This Teacher said bla bla bla, not in their own name I believe or I think bla bla bla. The importance of this is time-tested concepts. If some one says something pertaining to a particular doctrine then the scholars of that doctrine can scrutinize it over a period of decades, centuries and even millennia to validate the teaching to the doctrine.
Or put even simpler I suppose, the individual that has drawn his world view based primarily on his own experience compared to the time-tested concepts of organized thought.
In Plato’s Analogy of the Divided line opinion is illusion and the lowest form of knowledge. I ask, is it better to be imprisoned by The Cave or freed from it? And if freedom from illusion is desired, how is it obtained?