We like to think of knowledge as truth, but if this is so why does it keep changing? Looking at the various knowledge systems throughout history it becomes clear that knowledge is really an intellectual reflection of how we see the universe. And from that knowledge comes control – hence, society also becomes a reflection of the universe.
This is why a Godly society had a particular order, meaning and direction. The universe was ordered by God. Today it is very different. The universe is chaotic and the result of chance. Hence, order, meaning and direction seem to be disappearing.
HOW WE THINK
But there’s another element to knowledge. It decides how we think. A religious society is more holistic, looking at things as a whole. In our fragmented universe, this overview has gone, leaving us with a specialized form of knowledge.
This is why the Renaissance Man has disappeared. And whilst this may provide great benefits, I’m sure a holistic view alongside the specialized could help us towards a much more balanced view of knowledge. I wonder if the universe will change any time soon to allow this?
A MicroEssay on the nature of knowledge
Ch 1. Reality is our knowledge of it. It all starts with questions; of which there are 2. ‘Why?’ = religion. ‘How?’ = science.
Ch 2. Religion & science don’t like each other. They fight for predominance. This is an error. Equal, they give balance to knowledge.
Ch 3. Does religion offer reality? A belief leads to action. That action would be the same whether God exists or not. Action = reality.
Ch 4. Formula: reason & logic + data = science. Yet all logic begins with the axiom, or self-evident truth. This is another term for belief.
Ch 5. Reason depends on a worldview. This becomes objective. Yet it is built by subjective thought. Hence, objective truth is subjective.
Ch 6. A worldview is changed by a genius. But if society isn’t ready, he’s a crank. Hence, new knowledge is OUR acceptance of a new idea.
Ch 7. Knowledge is cultural & social. It is changed by a cultural catalyst ( an idea or person). The consensus is infected & goes viral.
Ch 8. Today knowledge is specialised & scientific – broken up into manageable bits. No one tries to complete the picture, so we have chaos.
Ch 9. In the past, knowledge was holistic. This is generalised & allows belief without rational enquiry. This is order, but tunnel-visioned.
Ch 10. We need a bedfellow for science & religion, looking for patterns to complete the picture & balance order & chaos. Patternology.
Ch 11. As all knowledge arises from mind, no knowledge system can totally understand reality. There is only one truth. There isn’t one.