02/13/2018 (Tue) 06:35:10
>>15329>Faith is just belief without evidence.
Well put. Knowledge, then, is just belief with partial evidence, and skepticism the devout attempt to destroy the in-between state of searching for evidence in the faith that such can be found. If truth comprises of what we know and what we don't know, "knowledge" is the superstition that what we do know can paint the whole picture of truth regardless. That is indeed quite schizoid. Skeptics don't find faith to be even a useful concept, because theirs is the attempt to rule out free will entirely under communism where induction is illegal and additional information should only be extracted by deduction out of what knowledge we already have.
In practice, faith is the function of handling information before its validation without bogus quantum superpositions about whether that information is false or correct. Skeptics are happy to lambast such a concept, because just like INGSOC in 1984 they're happy to go back to the record after the fact and correct it: "the state had this knowledge, and acted accordingly", because any mention of the previous moment when the state acted on a whim would just be inconvenient. In the skeptic worldview "I assumed correctly" and "I knew all along" are interchangeable, because risk-taking that doesn't bear out is to simply be covered up anyway. Because skepticism, quite simply, is to take a permanent break from taking risks and send that load into the desert on the backs of the faithful. Any lexicon that can be objective about the entire exchange is their scapegoat. And it is only for this reason they attack faith, because faith has no other function and their doublespeak has no other result. It would be markedly easy to just separate faith as the local function of the same thing as knowing, but they're more concerned about convincing people who hear voices that those voices are phenomenologically self-evident.
In the free marketplace of ideas, those who buy luxuries talk with disdain about people who would need
pragmatic purchases they don't really want to chain themselves onto anyway but must. The insanity about not needing faith is "let them eat cake" to the letter, of fool aristocrats who don't see the wheat base in cake itself over their gluttony.