Epistemological Idiots

Most academics should stay far away from me. The reason is I view your cowardice in the name of civility as none other than a capitulation to the capitalist infiltration of our institutions whereof you and no other became the first traitors of the truth you supposedly value.

You fail to ever take a moral stand insofar as practically everything in the name of appeasing the politics of your respective institutions, to the point academia will indeed have no fucking point, as Earth descends into the madness of mass migration and widespread martial conflict.

It is quite a wonder on the way to your intellectual ascension the vast majority of you lot never found time to answer the simple question, “Does knowledge matter in the face of annihilation?” Only then does one come to possess the wherewithal to understand annihilation transcends specialization.

Unfortunately, there will likely be no final lesson to be had on this, as class will have been dismissed early this day, for such a day is but that of the Era of the Anthropocene and not a one shall exist to receive this lesson, save hopefully those archaeological endeavors of a future species.

The great irony in all of this is so many of you boast “Doctor of Philosophy” as your title, whereas—pardon, if I may—you seem to be not getting the philosophy part of the job. Not only this, so many of you seem to have altogether dispensed with philosophy, believing it to be something of an academic relic.

Whereas, this alone in itself is quite the wonder of the past several centuries, it precludes absolutely no wonder how the notion of subjective truth now runs rampant through the minds of even those scholars most revered, yet you all act surprised that the most deadly plague of the century is but one of idiocy.

I would personally argue this is only the natural conclusion of a society when the institution that is presumably the vanguard of all human knowledge, actual and potential, dismisses as obsolete the foundation whereupon necessarily rests any and all knowledge—as well, that of the very possibility thereof.

I speak, of course, referring to epistemology, whereby the value of knowledge itself is ascertained—not “value” as in that of a romanticized passion—but of itself an existential quantity in relation to education and all human knowledge, for as you all well know, presumably (although…), epistemology is a branch of philosophy. 

Technically, every discipline of academia is a branch of philosophy, hence “Doctor of Philosophy”, though it seems most academics today pay little heed to such things, at least no more than that of a relic denoting prestigious accolades.

Oh, if but Plato had lived to see the day…

He would have had to have lived until the ripe old age of 2,400 years and some change or something like that, I believe, but who is keeping track of that, after all? Certainly not I, and, apparently, neither is the vast majority of academia—not in any noteworthy fashion, anyway. Oh, well…I guess you all had a good run.

The moral of this story, if there at all be one, is if I could hone in on what I believe to be the single, most significantly problematic variable in all of education today, I believe this to be the lack of an epistemological foundation for conceptual truth and the nature thereof; namely, what does it mean to truly know something, and how, precisely, does one come to know it?

The answer to this question is essentially the question toward which all other knowledge must orient itself, for I am of the opinion that when this foundation is lacking, those neural networks representing data obtained about the world do not properly form of a pattern that enables other patterns to be easily if at all recognized and established, overtime leaving something of a void; whereas, these networks should ordinarily form a unifying nexus tying all patterns of data about the world together.

Such is my theory, anyway, but I do not work in education, so take what I say with a gallon of salt; however, one does learn a lot upon discovering one is neurodivergent and pursuing the implications of this neurological model, whereof I can only generally say it has been equal parts enlightening and enraging, for reasons I will explain some other time.

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