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The present framework: What is
In answering the questions posed I shall
first discuss the widely accepted framework where only observation and analysis
are considered valid sources of knowledge.
As a human being I am able to observe the world and universe
around me and form concepts of what these objects are. By a concept I mean a
mental model based on several observations and accepted statements. These
concepts are how we understand sense perceptions. By reflecting on these
concepts I can attempt to make them consistent with one another. Once they are
all consistent I have gained an understanding of the world of my experiences.
The difficult step is in asserting that my understanding
represents a more absolute thing - knowledge. Only then can I extend the
understanding to interpretation and prediction of new observations and
experiences. This step is a generalisation from my experience to the experience
of anyone. It means asserting that my understanding of reality is universally
accurate, or simply put - that it is true. It is only possible to know something
that is true. When we talk about understanding reality as a whole however, we
must extend our scope and say that it is only possible to know reality as a
whole if such knowledge is universally true.
In science the popular picture is of a build-up of such
knowledge. It is then passed on to new students as accepted fact. These are then
used in building the concepts for deeper understanding. This picture of the
development of knowledge however, is not accurate.
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