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.