Historyboy wrote:Are we afraid of our own intelligence so we must rely on the public education?
This is a good question.
Sometimes I will say something - for instance recently I self-diagnosed myself as having a wheat allergy/sensitivity. It took me a while to figure it out, but when I eat any wheat at all, I get sort of these subtle hives. Pretty straightforward, right? Sure the doctor might be able to give me additional info, but I think I have the bulk of it figured out. - So anyways my family (and this happens with other people in other discussions) refuses to accept that I could make a (medical) determination like that.
"Well how do you know
"Watch, I'll eat this bread, and then later I will have hives."
"Yeah, but... you know, how do you really
Basically just refusing to accept that I could be the authority on something without credentials. I picked this particular example because of the steaming hot irony of someone telling you that you cannot be the authority on the interior of your fucking body. And I think this raises an important philosophical point, and not so much about knowing, or certainty, but with regards to identity, and notions of self. How do most people conceptualize themselves as part of the world? It seems like a mirroring of the corporate model, where being correct is something that is state-determined.