Participating in this week’s Share Your World from Sparks from a Combustible Mind.
What is knowledge?
What a question for a retired college professor! I once told a student who wondered why I got paid but he had to do the work (yeah, weird, right?) that the product he was buying from me was knowledge, the ability to think and solve problems with information gathered from reliable sources. My job was to teach him how to find answers for himself, not to give him answers, and how to distinguish between types of knowledge. Therefore, he had to write essays that proved that he had learned what he or his parents paid me to teach him.
How do you define consciousness (self awareness)?
Self-awareness is the ability to become an object to oneself. What I mean is to be able to ask oneself questions about one’s actions, such as why are you still in this relationship, which only you can answer. It also means for me as a Christian the recognition of that feeling inside that connects me through the Holy spirit with God and which makes me uncomfortable when I have acted inappropriately to others, motivating me to humble myself and to say I’m sorry.
Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness?
The fact that others can feel pain, sorrow joy, peace, and other emotions and can cry or laugh, means they, like me, have consciousness. I am aware that with their consciousness, they can hurt me or bring me joy.
Would you be able to tell if time had been altered in some way?
An interesting question, for sure! Sometimes I feel like time was altered from 2016 to 2020, as the United States seemed to slip off its linear path toward justice and equality for all to the alternative time warp where the past started being repeated, mainly its hatreds and inability to be civil across categories of people.
Do you like potato chips (they’re called ‘crisps’ in Europe I believe)?
I do love potato chips, particularly taking five to ten Pringles in any flavor and stuffing them in my mouth at one time. What joy that brings! One at a time doesn’t work, due to being scared that someone may take them away before I can eat them all.