Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by Abacus21, Dec 14, 2008.
What is it?
The collection of facts that a human has gathered in his/her brain during his/her lifetime I guess.
Most of the things we call facts are simply beliefs or opinions. Does this constitute knowledge? I find it amusing that people say 'this is fact because science has proved it'. All this means is that you believe what the scientists are saying.
A human can only learn as much as it is possible for the human mind to absorb, things that we learn that no other human has learned are called discoveries.
You have to find out for yourself what it is. It depends on what you value, on what you believe. I don't believe it's relevant. Science shows what's repeatable, which is all the information I really need... Anything else is philosophy.
Pretty sure that it's a word. Although, it could be a duck.
I'll agree with the first definition offered and say it's a collection of facts and ideas.
Good question. If we say a 'collection of facts' as the first responder did then we must ask 'What is a fact?'. In the case of the non-biological sciences then it is generally considered to be that which is always the same when repeated.
it's just a word
created by people many years ago
what it means is very hard to define.
i won't attempt to... i'll end up looking very foolish if i do.
although google says it is: the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
It is what you think it is.
i like that one
It changes with what you know and how much what you know is tested...big hugs
Knowledge is a delusion, one of the greatest human fallacies.
Socrates: "The only thing I know is that I know nothing"
Even that one seems a bit ropey to me. Although to be fair I think that's the idea.
to say that you know something isn't wrong necessarily (unless it's a lie of course), but maybe just that there is SO much more, an incomprehendable amount of stuff, that we don't know, so whatever we do know seems insignificant.
i could say that everything is a social construct and things that one person sees could be completely different to what another sees. so noone knows anything because knowledge isn't real - it's not a tangable, visable thing, therefore we can't really define it. but post-modernist stuff just annoys me.
Something that we are all born with and then gets mounds of conditioning piled on so that life becomes a constant undoing to get at what we already know.
Uncertainty is hope.. knowledge is pain?
Bits of information that have practical application for the holder.