"Unknown Knowledge" by Jaster Mereel.

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Unknown Knowledge

Can any one person actually say what knowledge is? I guess that would depend on what the definition of is is, but that will have to wait for another time. Does knowledge have to be proven? It is in my opinion that knowledge is something that everyone does not have to agree upon and knowledge does not have to be proven.

Once upon a time in a land not too different from our own and not too distant in the yesteryears, there lived a chicken. One day, this chicken decided to stand up and walk across a road. Many people believe that this did occur. However, it cannot be proven, but we accept it as common knowledge. In fact, you can ask many people why this Chicken crossed the road. The different people will to do you different reasons, even though none of them can prove that their knowledge of the chicken is true.

An average person will most likely tell you "To get to the other side." Personally, I would say that this is common knowledge; however, Aristotle may state that "It is in the nature of chickens to cross the road." He would add, "Must you cross the road before you believe in it? Must the road be proven do you?" This great Greek philosopher also did not believe that something must be proven in order to make it knowledge. To take another distinguished thinker, Albert Einstein. He would most likely state "Did the chicken cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?" This makes our perception of reality, the whole base of knowledge, irrelevant. This scenario can be something that someone believes to be knowledge, but it has not been, and most likely will not be, scientifically proven to be a...