On the importance of epistemology
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
― Isaac Asimov
What if we see blue through our window when the truth is pink? Hygiene tasks, as illustrated by Asimov, are relative to our level of knowledge. But what is knowledge? Do we really know what we think we know?
Giving to charity is good.
The Earth rotates around the sun.
Two simple sentences.
Electricity has positive and negative charges.
A vaccine is bad for your children.
One of them may trigger an opinion based on your beliefs. However, in each set, one of them is true because we can verify the thesis by empirical observation or a scientific method to gain the same result.
“Giving to charity is good” and “a vaccine is bad for your children” are moral judgments. These types of assessments may be controversial and illustrate what is good or bad in our society. But, who…
Immanuel Kant (1724–1804)
I live in a world built with two dimensions, based on Kant’s philosophy. The world is a show in front of me, and I am a critic of that show. My mental abilities are my tools to make sense of everything. Therefore, it is my mind that interprets reality.
From Kant’s point of view, I should have the courage to use my understanding to know what to believe and how to act. I should trust myself, not only other’s opinions.
These words of wisdom apply to all of us.
Immanuel Kant lived from 1724 to 1804 during…
This is the best of all possible worlds.
Dear apocalyptic Year 2020, thank you. You made me realize how much I live in a fragile world.
A 260-year-old book brings me some comfort. During the Age of Enlightenment, a French philosopher and writer named Voltaire (1694–1778) wrote a masterpiece called “Candide.” Voltaire is still accurate for you, dear 2020.
In the book, optimism is a trait used to describe the hero’s personality, Candide, and is defined as “the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.” I’ve read this book multiple times, but for you, this year…
Don’t take the world for granted.
David Hume cautions us against conclusions based on what we take for granted. Since the sun has always risen, we assume that it will rise forever. According to the Scottish philosopher, we cannot be sure, because it is impossible today to experience that tomorrow, the sun will rise. We don’t have any evidence of what will happen in the future.
Let’s consider the 2020 pandemic. Have we ever imagined that our life would have changed so much? When I went to bed on March 12, 2020, based on my experience, I was taking for…
And a humoristic analysis of your comfort zone and stress tolerance (when you were able to travel, remember that time?)
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal. ― Paulo Coelho
It’s not because you can’t travel due to the pandemic situation that you can’t keep exploring.
So, I’ve meditated on all my experiences of travelling. Two primary human-generated limits emerged instinctively. Everything you do when you leave home is based on your comfort zone and your stress tolerance.
My general thesis in life is that you should make the most of the opportunity to be on Earth…
Our world is a Venn diagram with three components.
Have you ever felt like a Venn diagram? I do.
When we use the expression “Science and Art of XYZ” to describe a concept, I feel like we are missing fundamental knowledge of these powerful spheres of life. I’m on a mission to clarify what it means to better understand and respect our reality.
The representation of the perfect mathematical union between Science and Art is well known. If we look carefully at the diagram, we can appreciate that the system already provides the best of both worlds: an equation (science)…
With suitable real-life examples.
Do you remember what it’s like to learn something from scratch? I’m not talking about a learning curve such as switching from Windows to Mac, but instead, something you’ve started from zero, nothing, nowhere, completely lost.
I’ve studied engineering, and one thing I’ve loved about this domain is that we learn “how to learn.” I apply this knowledge to virtually everything I do in life.
My objective here is to dissect the process of learning from scratch to give you a concrete guide to start tonight. …
The art of photography as an analogy of living a full life.
Life should be lived as we frame events through our camera. From atypical perspectives and angles. Under singular light, shade and nuance.
The opposite scares me. Narrow thinking leads to a limited appreciation of life. A society where citizens are zombies. Without asking any questions, just waiting for, we don’t even know what.
This is how we can find solutions to our problems. We can realize that our thought process is more powerful than we imagined. Moreover, we must trust it. Not just consume what others are saying…
Besides, of course, the human tragedy.
“Hey Lincoln, you have to cancel your trip to Japan.”
This sentence still resonates inside of me. A few days before departure, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus was a global pandemic. Japan was my dream come true to explore a new culture, new architecture, new food, new everything.
In my opinion, one of the most critical consequences of Covid-19 is not being able to travel (besides, of course, the human tragedy).
Over the months of confinement, while learning to work remotely, I’ve written a book to understand why it affects me that…