We have to read this book, On Being Certain by Robert A. Burton, for a philosophy type humanities class that’s all about truth and knowledge and knowing. It’s a real mind bender so far. Maybe we’re just not good at grasping it, or maybe we just can’t focus well this Semester (we can’t)…so this is what happens when we’re required to write a critical assessment of the first 5 chapters and we’re covering up our confusion and lack of understanding with smart ass retort.
(An except from the first paragraph of the paper):
"While I respect that there are cognitive functions and subconscious drives and monsters in my brain driving all of my decisions, feelings, and actions, to analyze them to such a serious degree almost takes the fun out of being human. If that is what I am. I mean, I know I am human, because I feel that I am human…but I could be wrong. What came first, the knowing or the feeling. “He does not know what he knows” (9)…so s/he knows nothing, and s/he knows everything. Because if s/he does not know, then you surely don’t know, so nobody knows…so s/he might as well know everything, you know?”
[(9) is the citation of the quote]
Hopefully our hippie burn out professor thinks it’s funny…:-(