It seems like skepticism is what has lead us to â€œexpansion of knowledgeâ€?. Is it possible that skepticism is at the very root of self-awareness? Iâ€™m skeptical, therefore, I am? I realize that skepticism is one of many thoughts that can be included under â€œthinkâ€?, but do other apparent forms of thought lead to any actual change from the current state of knowledge? If truth goes no farther than population homeostasis, or events just occuring in order to sustain existence, or some other reason without a sense of finality, then change, reason, logic, self-awareness, and truth all become ideas with no more reason than to just think them. All are thoughts that lead us to alter instinctive animal behavior, even though there is no apparent reason to do so. Yet thinking, especially skepticism itself, seems instinctive. Why think, therefore, why think?
The Big Picture
Is it possible to know what true information is, if there is any question that true information can be stored in organized matter? Our current political system seems less flawed than others yet doesnâ€™t appear to reach a state of true or false. If one mind deviates from a majority with regard to a specific subject, this doesnâ€™t seem to constitute truth. Yet, most observable life forms exhibit rebellion, seemingly inherently, based on logic or not – In which case I donâ€™t think the definition of truth is attainable.