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I’m of the opinion that knowledge cannot be deficient or false, or nonexistent.
A knowledge is what WE know and thus, in and of itself, it always exists (we always have some knowledge; sure, I can say that I had no knowledge of this or that, meaning that I didn’t know about certain thing — which means no more and no less than I didn’t have certain data, but there is always something we don’t know, just as there is always something we know), and it is always complete (cannot be incomplete). It can only be inconsistent (not overlap entirely) with certain facts — things we believe are true and label them as ‘facts’, but which not necessarily are true (we often learn that something we believed happened, didn’t happen, or that something we believed was / is a certain way, wasn’t / isn’t this way).
Some facts media outlets feed us (because they want the reality to be more attractive / sensational — because they can only survive if they can win our attention, or because they are being used to protect someone’s interest) are mere fairy tales for grownups. A smart person knows that part of it isn’t true and thus what we read or heard might not be the truth (very often it’s twisted to cause a sensation or protect certain interests of powerful people).
Some stories other people tell us, or the life they show others on social media aren’t 100% true images. Someone could have posted a photo next to a private jet and claim that this jet belongs to him or her, but in reality he or she is doing his or her best to convince enough people, by various tricks, that he or she is so wildly “successful” in life, because, if they will believe it, there is this chance that they will follow him or her or subscribe to that person’s You Tube channel, and this will turn him or her into a social media influencer which is the pathway to … money.
That the Earth is flat and that we can reach the edge of it was once a going fact of life. Then we found out that we were wrong about that, so it ceased to be a fact of life.
That the Sun goes round the Earth was once a going fact of life. Then we found out that we were wrong about that, so it ceased to be a fact of life.
A knowledge also cannot be false. It just is. It is this or that (we know certain things, have certain data and we believe that those things, this data can be relied upon — we use it in order to make choices and decisions).
False, untrue, can be the things we know about (the events, the stories, the dates, the reasons for something, the motives, the justifications or excuses, the condition / state of something or somebody, etc. — collectively referred to as the facts or data).
Knowledge is the sum total of data, some of which can be distorted one way or another, or even entirely made-up by others, but nevertheless we believe it (this data) to be part of the whole picture. If we know, are aware, that some of the data we possess is distorted or made-up then we factor that in (that’s data too) — we have certain data and at the same time we have reasons to believe or are convinced that the data is false (has been distorted or made up by someone) and thus we know that we cannot trust this data. We will try to find or obtain the real data (of course we have no guarantee that we will find or get it, nor if something we will find or get will actually be real). But as this sum total of data that we possess at any given moment in our lives, our knowledge cannot be true or false. It just is.
I don’t know why it should matter, or if I’m right or wrong, but that’s the post today. It’s part of the book I’m writing currently, and I believe that in this book it made certain sense to include that.