Four Truths

If you don’t look, you won’t see.

If you don’t listen, you won’t hear.

If you don’t question, you won’t think.

If you don’t doubt, you won’t know.

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2 Responses to “Four Truths”

  1. Funny enough, GNXP went out of its normal topic range recently into epistemological philosophy. I think under many theories doubting a premise p precludes knowledge of p. On the other hand, a blind belief without entertaining the possibility of doubt would make any correct beliefs merely lucky rather than justified.

  2. It’s one thing to be convinced that a proposition P is true. But if you can’t bring yourself to even consider the possibility that P might be false, how can you accurately evaluate the arguments against its truth?

    In order to validly reject them, you must first evaluate them. In order to evaluate them, you must be uncertain as to your evaluation.

    If you already know the answer, you can’t ask the question. Asking requires that certainty be set aside, if only briefly; inability to put away certainty and look at the question with a fresh mind makes inquiry impossible.

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