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First come I. My name is J–W–TT.There's no knowledge but I know it.I am the Master of this College,What I don't know isn't knowledge.
It began to develop when printing made written language common rather than rare, five hundred years ago or so, and with electronic processing and copying it continues to develop and proliferate so powerfully, so dominatingly, that many believe this dialect - the expository and particularly the scientific discourse - is the highest form of language, the true language, of which all other uses of words are primitive vestiges. And it is indeed an excellent dialect. Newton's Principia was written in it in Latin, and Descartes wrote Latin and French in it, establishing some of its basic vocabulary, and Kant wrote German in it, and Marx, Darwin, Freud, Boas, Foucault - all the great scientists and social thinkers wrote it. It is the language of thought that seeks objectivity. I do not say it is the language of rational thought. Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective thought. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner. The essential gesture of the father tongue is not reasoning but distancing-making a gap, a space, between the subject or self and the object or other.
So, I ask you... how do you balance the two?
Take some of the scientific laws for example, like Newton's laws of motion or anything. I suggest that the laws are meaningless unless/until someone comes along and understands them: entertains them: gives them meaning: uses them, discovers how they're applicable.But ditto there are religious "laws" or theorums, for example ...* There is no God but Allah* The Tao which can be named is not the eternal* For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.* Don't lie... and similarly these are meaningless until somebody gives them meaning. But if we give them meaning, then they become knowledge, and are useful.
Along the way, science develops a vocabulary (including words like force, gravity, field, statistical confidence) which have technical meanings.But IMO the body of religious knowledge also has a vocabulary and techniques, some of which (I find) have meaning and are useful.
The notion of "IdeaSpace", of mental power (combined mental energy as in sigil magic, or mental connection/communication between close and attuned people, etc) these are things I do not discard as being implausible.
Religion offers more absolutes and more comforting answers. It doesn't mean they're correct or valid.
I have no patience with the concept of 'tolerance' of other religions.