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"What do you know, and how do you know that you know it?"

I know of all the things I have percieved.

Since I can not validate what I have percieved, other than by more perception, my perceptions may be wrong.

But since it is the only game in town (as far as I know), I think I will stay in the game for a while (sigh).

"How do I go about learning?"

I have a desire, need, want or similar feeling.

Validate that I do not have an existing solution based upon previous experiences.

Attempt to imagine a solution based upon previous experiences and information, as well as some suggestions from the little voices in my head (or what ever you wish to call those thoughts that rise unbidden that are not based upon prevoius experiences)

Having reached the conclusion that I do not have any (or enough) information about the subject at hand, I will attempt to gather information about the subject from various sources, statring with sources that have proven to be reliable in the past. Then begin building on that, evaluating each piece of information based upon my growing base of information, and accepting or rejecting each new piece of information into my gained knowledge.

Once again, we run into the basic problem of perception. First, how accurate are my perceptions? Second, how accurate are the communication tools others (and I) use to relay experiences they have had, to me? Third, since my perceptions are doubted by me, why would I trust someone elses perceptions of a situation they are in (or have been in)?

Once again we are in the quandary of doubting the only sources of information fed to the little bone encased black box that rides about atop our necks.

The fun thing about the discussion is - once you begin to doubt, where do you stop.

Alternate ending: The fun thing about the discussion is - once you begin to believe, where do you stop.

Enjoy!
Dageek
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