The Pursuit of Knowledge

Can you know what you don't know?

Can you know what you don’t know?

I realized after I finished my article on Agnosticism that I still had much more to say on the subject. And when an idea gets into my head, sometimes the only way to make it stop swirling around my brain, bumping into things and making a complete mess is to let it out to play. So if you enjoy philosophical discussions, debates, arguments, screaming matches or whatever you do, feel free to continue reading and let me know what you think (Please! I really want feedback on my blog.) If this topic is a bit too heavy for you, feel free to read my articles “Put on a happy face” or “5 Things that are better than stepping on a cat”. They are light and airy and just a bit silly. No deep thinking there.

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An Argument for Agnosticism

Spin the wheel and win a prize

Spin the wheel and win a prize

Ok, so if you’ve read my other posts you’ve probably decided I have a somewhat liberal view of the world. In my curious and inquisitive approach to life I have searched for answers that probably will never come. I’ve explored numerous religions and philosophies, from Christianity to Buddhism and from Socrates to Nietzsche. I’ve picked up bits of what I consider to be wisdom from all sorts of places. I like to collect the thoughts of others to remind me of all the little lessons in life. Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan… they all have contributed to my growing understanding of the world in which we live. And as I grow older I become more convinced that my pursuit of knowledge will never yield “The Answer”. I now firmly believe that human beings cannot, will not ever understand with any certainty the wholeness of life. Our greatest minds, Newton, Einstein, Hawking, Tesla and others have scratched small etchings on the surface of the great mystery but our poor amazing brains simply cannot conceive what the cosmos displays before us with such candor. We can speculate and postulate and observe and measure and test and retest and in the end if we are truly honest, we can only be left with the humble realization that we know almost nothing. And that is now why I consider myself Agnostic.

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