Fresh AiR – S01:E05 – Belief, Truth, and Knowledge

Tonight, we are going to discuss Belief, Knowledge and Truth, and how they can interact with each other and reality.

Definitions of Belief, Truth, and Knowledge

Belief

A proposition you accept as/believe to be true.

This does not define whether the belief is rational or not, nor does it define the strength, it simply demonstrates a positive attitude towards a particular proposition.

Truth

The quality or state of being true.

That which is true or in accordance with fact and/or reality.

Knowledge

  1. facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
  2. awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.
  3. A justified true belief.

Show Contents

  • Definitions.
  • Belief in detail – Types of belief, e.g. Rational, irrational, arational.
  • The difference in a psychological state of disbelief to a logical state of disbelief.
  • Truth in detail – what makes something true?
  • Knowledge in detail – Justified true belief.
  • So how does Truth and belief tie in to  knowledge?
  • Burden of proof on a belief vs knowledge.
  • Does agnosticism only deal with knowledge?
    (history of position to modern usage.)
  • Fallacy of the week.

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