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Two illusions don't make a fact

Two illusions don't make a fact

Joris Plaatstaal made a great comment on one of my recent buzzes titled "Conscious and Subconscious Questions". This comment led me to respond by saying that ""Between freedom and illusion there is a borderline of knowledge." Joris responded by writing "This is an interaction I truly love. ......Between freedom and illusion there is a borderline of knowledge...... It is just great; I did not realize that while commenting. You kick my thoughts a step further and at this time I am not sure why.....

Between freedom and illusion there is a borderline of knowledge. There are so many ways to look at that. I will have to let it sink in". So, I did as the comment of Joris kicked my thoughts two steps further. Pondering deeply on these exchanges of comments led me to modify my thinking to "Between the illusion of freedom and the illusion of knowledge there is a borderline".


We live in a world which suffers from two major illusions: the illusion of knowledge and the illusion of freedom". What kind of a borderline that separates the two illusions? Do two illusions lead to finding facts or they lead us astray?

I want first to cover two aspects of the illusion of knowledge. How many times we knew more to know less? How many times we were trapped by the illusion of a great scientist who made a theory and only years later the theory was proven wrong? Aristotle did that for hundreds of years when he said that our universe consists of four elements only?

The internet is becoming a major source of the illusion of knowledge. This has been shown by three researchers at Yale University. The researchers, Matthew Fisher, Mariel Goddu, and Frank Keil found out that because we have easy access to search the net we may know more. This is an illusion of the internet and technology enhancing the emerging phenomena of knowledge illusion.

The internet hasn't only enhanced our knowledge illusion because it did that with the simultaneity of increasing our freedom illusion. We are filled of fear of hackers who would do all sorts of things to jeopardize our personal and societal freedom. We have witnessed religious fanatics using knowledge to restrict our freedom of thinking. We have seen governments laying rules to free us when in fact they enslave us. Stephen Hawking expressed this fact very eloquently "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge".

Is there a borderline between two illusions? Do two illusions produce a fact? I leave the answers to you dear reader.



Joris Plaatstaal Hace 6 h · #55

part2:
I understand the problem with freedom. You never know when you are free.

To think you 'know' can be an illusion, at least compared to the universal knowledge. After all, if I know everything I can comprehend, I know. All I can comprehend. In my eyes, I know it all, to others I can know close to nothing.

And than Freedom. It is much more subjective than knowledge. I think the reason why is that Freedom has no borders or limits. If you feel freedom in my hell, you still would be free. Freedom is subjective, and can never be an illusion. In this case the illusion could be even better than the real thing.

I am playing with a thought that freedom is always an illusion. But the good thing is, it has no borders in that case.

Maybe it is not so sad, my life. Maybe, being here on social media is not a sad thing to do. Maybe, my illusion of my freedom, is my reality.

What the heck, I am just an infinity of virtual waves. And so I play. Infinity and borderlines..................need I say more?

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Joris Plaatstaal Hace 6 h · #54

It sunk in, @Ali Anani.

"Between freedom and illusion there is a borderline of knowledge. There are so many ways to look at that. I will have to let it sink in". So, I did as the comment of Joris kicked my thoughts two steps further. Pondering deeply on these exchanges of comments led me to modify my thinking to "Between the illusion of freedom and the illusion of knowledge there is a borderline". .....

Dear Ali, I do not care if I am being kicked two steps further or three steps back. In a circle there can not be a forward or backward direction. Sure you can go CW or CWW, it will lead to the same.....

"Between the illusion of freedom and the illusion of knowledge there is a borderline". ..... Yeah right. If i dive into a lake I will get wet.

Between black and white there is a borderline. For sure? No grey values?

I can imagine borderlines are things we seem to need. At least in real life. Here, in a virtual domain we can discuss borderlines as if they exist. And we can not help to pretend they do. Even in the virtual domain we can not seem to shake off the truths of real life.

Why are we so occupied by our own limits, borders? I don't want to spent my life defining a border that I don't see, just because society thinks there are indeed borders, limits.

Between illusions I do not not see any borderline. Any illusion is as good as another.

Knowledge has no borderline, it has a limit. You can know so much as you can comprehend. It is never an illusion. Low comprehensibility leads to fast knowing all.

Freedom. If freedom had limits, or borders, it would have died a slow dead centuries ago.

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Franci Eugenia Hoffman Hace 6 h · #53

I believe people want the illusions because they need something to believe in. The illusions may or may not be factual. I agree with @Preston Vander Ven that people don't want to know the truth. This could be because the illusion is more attractive or better suits their needs. Is there a borderline between two illusions? Perhaps, but how would one know because how would one determine the boundaries of the illusions? Do two illusions produce a fact? I would say no but then how would we know?

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Preston Vander Ven Hace 7 h · #52

Great article. I feel that people want the illusions to become fact so that they don't want to hear the Truth. An example is in associates who believe all the stories just on Main Stream Media. Yet, I feel they don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

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Steve Brady Hace 8 h · #51

#48 Indeed, @Ali Anani. I look forward to that.

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Ali Anani Hace 15 h · #50

#49 Thank you dear @Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMC for your very kind and encouraging words. I try my best not to waste readers' times reading irrelevant buzzes. Your feedback is truly appreciated.

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Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMC Hace 15 h · #49

Thank you, Ali Anani, for another thought provoking post. Although I may have access to incredible informational options via the internet, I certainly realize how much I don't know when I read your posts. All of which open my eyes, and mind, to a wide variety of valuable information I would otherwise have not have been introduced to.

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Ali Anani Hace 18 h · #48

#46 @Steve Brady-woe, and soon I shall be reading of your buzzes. I know of the complexity you shall be dealing with in your forthcoming buzz. Social issues are complex and and justice could be more complex than many other social issues.
Let us keep the grooming of our minds.

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