How do we know something? How do we access information? How do we know if the accessed information is true or not? Well, I think I may have an idea.
We hear, smell, see, feel information and perceive it to our brains through various sensory organs. Now, for each individual, the accessed information will be different and unique. Each and every individual who lived on this planet had different views collectively. So, how can we differentiate if the information known to us is the truth or not? Well, you can never know for sure, but it is relatively true information that we seek. There are mainly two reasons for that, first is, we humans are corruptible and second, everyone sees a different version of the truth. If there is a mediator which supplies or provides with information, then that individual is as true or as credible as itself. For example, magazines, newspaper are the Grey literature, which is commonly accepted by the masses as the truth, but it is only the truth as seen by the reporter or the group of individuals working on it and thus, there is a scope of manipulation. I want the reader to take a moment and try to imagine how well do you know the world around you?
Solipsism [meaning – the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist], is the state of consciousness which can neither be proved nor be disproved. But I don’t want to discuss that, today. In the search for knowing what is really true, we have a school of thoughts. A particular information is accepted by a group of people and they back this theory through citing that information. Now, this information has to be theoretically proven by that writer/source with citing previous information, and a group of people.
P.S. – Just a thought!