How Do We Know About ETs ?
Hey folks, have been very busy. Sorry about not responding to comments. Will do soon !
I thought I’d throw something at you for you to ponder. According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descriptive_knowledge),
“People have used many methods to try to gain knowledge.
- By participation.
- By acquisition.
- By reason and logic (perhaps in cooperation with others, using logical argument).
- By mathematical proof.
- By the scientific method.
- By the trial and error method.
- By applying an algorithm.
- By learning from experience.
- By intuition (getting them from the subconscious).
- By an argument from authority, which could be from religious, literary, political, philosophical or scientific authorities.
- By listening to the testimony of witnesses.
- By observing the world in its “natural state”; seeing how the world operates without performing any experiments.
- By acquiring knowledge that is embedded in one’s language, culture, or traditions.
- By dialogical enquiry (conversation). See Gadamer, Bohm, Habermas, Freire, on dialogue, learning and knowledge acquisition/negotiation: http://www.infed.org/biblio/b-dialog.htm
- By some claimed form of enlightenment following a period of meditation. (For example, the Buddhist enlightenment known as bodhi)
- By some claimed form of divine illumination, prayer or revelation from a divine agency.
- By direct perception (examples: Gibson‘s theory of vision, Sufi theory of learning). ”
I wonder how we might use and have used these categories in our quest to know about ETs and what other as yet unused categories we might use to know about ETs ? If you think about it logically, we have a great deal to learn about ETs by looking at the many different ways that we as a species aquire knowledge and learn. At present we are nestled in a set of ways of knowing that are peculiar to our species. (Partly that’s because we have 5 primary senses that influence how we percieve reality.) We think they are the only ways of knowing and the ones that offer us the best opportunities to learn. But whilst that is true, they may well be our greatest limitations. Remember Dude’s comments about one of our greatest limitations being our acceptance of so called natural laws like gravity ! Perhaps the same is true for how we acquire knowledge and learn. And if that’s true, imagine then how little we actually know about reality and within that everything that is extraterrestrial.
I wonder how else we might aquire knowledge of the world without and the world within and how that might change how we might percieve beings from elsewhere.