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Knowledge as an Action

The Four Stages of Knowledge

1. Increase the quality of your awareness to find the best seeds.

2. Cultivate curiosity to sprout and strengthen your roots.

3. Diligently mine information and build skill sets to grow your tree.

4. Produce and distribute seeds of your own to reiterate what you (think you) know.

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Self-Education

Real education comes to shape if we are respecting the importance of self-education, and not just happy being spoon-fed the pre-determined syllabus.

We need to expand our boundaries of imagination and learn at the edge of our knowledge.

The Boundaries of Knowledge

We think non-fiction is more educational, but great fiction is possibly an even vaster vessel of wisdom. Imagination defines the boundaries of possibility and is far greater than mere knowledge.

Fictional stories tell us how the one-dimensional facts that we learn from history and science and philosophy mesh together.

The Edge of Your Knowledge

Jargon, prejudice, and even previous knowledge holds up our learning, locking us into one-dimensional thinking.

Clarity comes when we reach the edge of our understanding and play around there without fear.

Investigate fear factors

When we face our fear, to discover what it is and where it comes from, we can begin to heal. First, we must be gentle with ourselves as we transition from living with fear into managing it. 

Fear will always be there, but there is a way to handle it that supports our best selves.

Let go of victimhood

Living with fear and being the victim feels like a comfortable place because we’ve lived there for so long. 

But in reality, it's not a good place to be. Because anything is better than living with fear, the root of all of our inability to embrace opportunities and happiness.

The transition phase

Once we make it to the next level, where fear and victimhood no longer have power over us, we are in full transition.

This is where personal growth happens because this is where opportunities arise.

Rationalism
Rationalism

Rationalism is the philosophical idea where reason is the ultimate source of human knowledge.

It stands in contrast to empiricism, where the senses are enough to justify knowledge.

Descartes' Case for Rationalism

René Descartes thought we know objects through reason.

Simple problems may be solved using our senses, but more complicated issues need reason to figure it out. We can easily distinguish between a triangle and a square. But when we consider two polygons, one with a thousand sides and the other with a thousand and one sides, we use reason to tell them apart.

Rationalist vs empiricist debate

Rationalism characterizes a wide range of philosophical topics.

  • How do we know who and what we are? Rationalists claim the self is known through rational intuition, while the empiricist thinks that the unity of the self is illusory.
  • What is the nature of cause and effect? Rationalists claim casual links are known through reason. The empiricist replies that it is because of habit that we know, for example, that a fire is hot.
  • How do we know which actions are ethically correct? Kant argued that ethical worth could only be understood from a rational perspective. Moral evaluation takes place when rational agents consider their actions under hypothetical conditions.