Poll # 5 : we know nothing

Which of the following recent news articles is the best indication that we know nothing much about reality; that we are still in effect sitting around the campfire in the night telling stories about the howling black abyss beyond the circle of firelight?

1) The structure of our past may not be what we think – maybe 9000 year old submerged city
found off coast off India, turning our notion of history upside down

2) The structure of the future might challenge what we think of as human – article on the possible evolution of two distinct species of human

3) The total nature of reality may be wayyy different than we think – apocalyptic voodoo priest Padre Engo interview. Warning: freaky.

4) The Christian worldview/notion of ultimate reality appears to be highly revisable – the Pope abolishes “limbo”.

5) Insert your own.

2 Responses to “Poll # 5 : we know nothing”

  1.   Pearce
    October 20th, 2006 | 3:59 pm

    1) – this is still majorly unconfirmed. But way cool.

    2) – this guy is an evolutionary psychologist, and has no qualifications in evolutionary genetics. His PhD was earned in “the evolution of human moral sentiments”. He is not a scientist, he is someone funded by the Bravo channel to say something provocative.

    3) – I have heard of this guy previously, and would call him a charlatan if I were being polite. (Other terms I favour include opportunist and idiot. Sorry.)

    4) – I am surprised that this needs to be done officially. I went to Catholic primary & intermediate schools, and we were taught that limbo is a myth.

    So in the absence of anything particularly compelling in 1-4, I’d have to go with 5.

    My 5) is: I read In Search of Schroedinger’s Cat when I was sixteen, and have had no faith in consensus reality since. Your “howling black abyss” quote is like a really negative version of my world-view.

  2.   Donald Rumsfeld
    November 9th, 2006 | 3:57 pm

    ‘The Unknown’

    As we know,
    There are known knowns.
    There are things we know we know.
    We also know
    There are known unknowns.
    That is to say
    We know there are some things
    We do not know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns,
    The ones we don’t know
    We don’t know.

    —Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing