Browsing All Posts filed under »epistemology«

The question is the answer.

October 4, 2019


Seeking certainty, absolutism, and clarity requires the question to be the answer. How do you know when you’ve sold your soul to the power structures of politics, finance, or religion (or all three)? You don’t. But as soon as you answer the question, you no longer have an answer. The question is the answer. How […]

Our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

June 10, 2019


The speed at which our technological and philosophical innovations are transforming our selves and our environments is happening faster than the speed at which our biology can augment and adjust itself to the new environments. In other words, our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

Nullius in verba.

June 6, 2019


“Take no one’s word for it,” or “On the word of no one.” The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined […]

All models are wrong. Some are useful.

March 16, 2019


Attributed to the British statistician George E. P. Box who also said, Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.

The best questions emerge, not from ignorance, but from deep understanding.

January 1, 2019


There is, of course, merit in asking questions to gain knowledge, a first step. But the more you understand, the more profound, complex, and challenging your questions become. Life is perplexing, confusing, complicated, and full of paradoxes. Questions about those deep structures of the universe only arise from understanding them in the first place. Why […]

Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.

April 2, 2018


Following the trend lines makes you smart. Following the headlines makes you fearful. Following the trend lines makes you forward-thinking. Following the headlines makes you only look back. Following the trend lines inspires hope. Following the headlines deflates joy.

Our greatest imaginative challenge is not finding the right answers, but discovering the right questions.

November 16, 2017


We often think that we’ll have a better understanding of life if we could just find the answers to our questions. The problem, however, is that our questions predetermine the kind, range, and type of answers that will emerge. In other words, our problem is not the absence of answers, but the sort of questions […]

Reading is about a becoming, a transformation of personhood.

July 10, 2017


Yes, reading is a good discipline, and it expands your mind, broadens your horizons, and allows you to escape to imaginative worlds. Reading does make you “smart,” and while the connotations of that word are often elitist, the word “smart” really should be seen simply as a positive trait and skill that can be acquired […]

Understanding the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” is the most pervasive and pernicious of human challenges, and the pathway toward finding solutions.

February 3, 2017


You’ve heard many people say, “We have a problem.” But what they are really pointing to is a “symptom.” If you continue to do that, you’ll never understand “the problem,” and you’ll deploy “solutions” that are a waste, and actually make the problem worse. To understand the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” requires leveraging wisdom […]

Most debates around atheism (and Christianity) are not about God. They’re about epistemology. Don’t be an apologist. Be an epistemologist.

January 2, 2014


And what is discouraging is that most Christian apologists are focused and adept at dogma, rhetoric, and dogmatic rhetoric, and not so good at critical thinking skills, objectivity, logic, and reason. Popular audiences do not help with this problem as confirmation bias is pandemic. In order to have epistemological acumen, and thus debate competency, we […]

If you understand less, then learn. If you understand more, then teach.

October 28, 2013


But do not be an ass, an imbecile, or a recluse. This is the way of human progression.

Data, Information, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom.

July 23, 2013


What I would call an “epistemological hierarchy,” each level attains not simply more truth, but completely different categories of truth which must be fully embraced to captivate the fullness of “truth.” Data is the category of facts. Information adds the category of context. Knowledge re-contextualizes in relationship. Understanding adds empathy. Wisdom binds them all together […]

Dictionaries do not make definitions. Definitions make dictionaries.

July 21, 2012


A dictionary is not the standard for definitions. A dictionary is a compiled catalog of cultural meanings. When someone tells you to “look it up in the dictionary,” it is merely as a reference point so that you can have common ground in which to interact and operate in your cultural context. But it (the […]

What is a thought?

July 6, 2012


A muse (not amuse)? A meme? A truth? A fact? The beginning? The end? Or is it merely evidence of life, a soul, neurons and synapses properly working? Is it powerful or impotent? Is it fact or fiction? Is it science or art? Is it natural or metaphysical? Is it mundane or sublime? What is […]