Sunday, 8 May 2016

Thought 205: Interpreting Information

To recapitulate my blog post Knowledge and Sensibility, I would argue that the way one chooses to interpret and decide upon information is governed by one's sensibility

And information that is decided upon and interpreted can amount to knowledge if the interpretation is based in truth. 

For false knowledge, i.e. a misinterpretation of information, is no knowledge at all, but can nonetheless contribute to authentic knowledge if found out and confronted, which is how scientific thought makes progress. 

It follows that, interpretation being governed by sensibility, some sensibilities are indeed based in truth or at least closer to truth than others in the sense of being closer to that which is, Being. 

Both thinkers Mark Passio and Martin Heidegger, in their own very different ways, understand (or understood in the case of the deceased Heidegger) that sensibility can be closer or further away from Being, that which is, determining the truthfulness of said sensibility and its ability to turn information into genuine knowledge through correct interpretation

Whence Nietzsche's witticism
"I, Plato, am the truth."
Problem: how can one align one's sensibility with truth, i.e. Being? 

Through self-knowledge as suggested by the famous know thyself inscription at Delphi:
Heed these words, You who wish to probe the depths of nature: If you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it outside. In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Know Thyself and you will know the Universe and the Gods.