How To Gain Knowledge? Curiosity: A Way To Wisdom
Knowledge is gained through questions and the Process of Acquiring Knowledge (information) affects its interpretation and thus deviates itself from the truth. Hence, knowing the nature of knowledge is very essential and will help you find the appropriate answer that you are looking for. So, let’s start with understanding it first:
What is Knowledge?
Knowledge is mainly, acquired information and information can be false. In Today’s world where manipulating the data (information) has become so easy due to grown technologies. Thus, finding the difference between fake and fact has become hard. Therefore,
“Information is the Base of knowledge and Truth is the Base for Information”
Truth And Its Types
If you have a question, you will undeniably find its answer. But in your search for the truth, you will find that it comes in variety, each with its different validity. On the basis of validity, we can classify the truth in two categories – Objective and Subjective.
|Constant with everything (individuals, situations, time, and so on…)||Changes with (individuals, situations, time, and so on…)|
|e.g. Math, Data, etc.||e.g. Opinion, Tastes (Likings), etc.|
|Note: Sometimes, things can come under both category e.g. Truth (Information), Beauty (Perspective), etc.|
“The truth is always permanent and the lies are always temporary”
One thing to Notice from here, is – only Technically, with the help of the above statement, we can say that subjective truth is a lie. But there is a difference between subjective truth, half-truth, and lie. A half-truth contains a lie and “A lie is always false” whereas subjective truth is never a lie.
A Wise Way To Acquire Knowledge
Knowing the truth and realizing the truth are two completely separate cases. Truth needs realization otherwise it is hollow. You can find and realize (why it is) the truth by just putting a question mark “?” after it.
Put a “?” after everything you know, it does not mean that you are doubting it or it is false. It simply means that you are open to contradicting beliefs to help you realize and find the truth sooner, in case you have not found the truth yet. This way you can find the primary truth and develop your knowledge wisely.
Pillars of Knowledge – What, Why and How
We also have several other interrogative words to ask questions in which these three are majors. As curiosity (and other related factors such as need) is subjective, the importance and thus the sequence varies with individuals. One may be more interested in knowing “how” and others may be in “why” and so on.
Now, as mentioned earlier – if you have questions you will get their answers but in case you (did not come up with the answer yourself and) gets the answer from someone (or by any other medium) other than you. Then you can misinterpret the data, as information is also subjective.
For Explanation: Consider this hypothetical case (or recall a similar memory) – you asked someone a question or did a mistake and the other is giving you the answer or explaining something about your mistake. But he is not being able to express his thoughts (What is a Thought?) clearly (with the help of appropriate words because his vocabulary is small, not similar to yours or just due to lack of practice in communication, etc.) or it could be the other way around (your vocabulary or lack of practice). So you interpreted the information from his data according to yourself without being aware of it (without putting “?” after it). e.g.
“He said something, you heard something else, he meant something and you understood something else”
What is An Error and How to Reduce it?
In Scientific Terms, the above case will be said as an Error – “the difference between the observed value and what is true”
Errors cause results that are inaccurate or misleading and can misrepresent nature (or the truth). Sources (or causes) of errors could be varied.
To minimize the error what we can do here is – we can divert our primary focus from the words, sentences, and meanings to their purposes. This way we will able to get the intended information with minimum errors.
Philosophy and Science: The Branches of Knowledge
Science and Philosophy, they both are like twin brothers but you can distinguish them from each other on the basis of their approach to questions and their way of answering them.
Philosophy VS Science: A Comprehensive Comparison
|The Rational investigation of questions or truth, primarily about “WHY”||The Practical investigation of questions or truth, primarily about “HOW”|
|“WHY” give answer to The Purpose||“HOW” give answer to The Process|
As mentioned earlier, curiosity is subjective – someone may be more interested in knowing the process and the other may be more interested in knowing the purpose. So, Science and Philosophy are a matter of curiosity but both give valid and wise answers to grow your knowledge.
Food For Thought: Gain Knowledge From Everything
The above line “Food For Thought” is an idiom which means – “something that warrants serious consideration”.
Now, why someone should consider every information as food for thoughts? For explanation think of these two cases:
Case 1: When you are hungry, you search for the food and hence, sooner or later, you find it but efforts still do not get finished here. You also need to eat (digest or process) that food, so it can satisfy your hunger and nourish your body.
Case 2: You need shoes and you go to a shop to buy them. The shopkeeper shows the shoes to you and says they are best. What you do here? Even if they happen to be the best, you still don’t buy them right away, you explore and inspect and then you buy them. So you can be certain about what you are buying is really best (or true).
Similarly, when you have a question, you search for the answer and hence, sooner or later, you find it but the work still doesn’t get done here.
“The Information needs processing (thinking – exploration and inspection) to become knowledge.”
Whether someone wants to understand the process or the purpose of something (or curious enough to want comprehensive knowledge about everything in this world). All the information (Data) that is needed, is available all around us, we just need to observe and process it appropriately to gain knowledge and wisdom.
“True Knowledge Becomes Wisdom”