Saturday, 15 December 2018

Knowledge or Certainty?

The BBC series, The Ascent of Man, by Jacob Bronowski is something that I highly recommend you watch in its entirety. Therein is an episode called, Knowledge or Certainty, where Bronowski forwards a question (ie, an argument) that I think is highly relevant to our times:

should one prefer the certainty of dogma over the uncertainty of where gotten knowledge leads?

This definitely is a loaded question, indeed. But it leads to the notion of 'criticality'—ie, what are the facts/factors of the situation we should consider to arrive at the truth of the matter?

I must say that gotten knowledge is the most trust-worthy of the two choices
replete with grief and risk in all its forms as it is it is, at the very least, an honest account whose integrity is unassailable.

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