Inhabit: Your Truth


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Ryan and Corey devote an episode to the theme of fully inhabiting, embodying, and enacting truth — how to find it, how to wield it, and how to avoid the false certainties fed to us by both mainstream and fringe media. They don’t try to tell you what to believe, but rather try to help you avoid overly identifying with the contents of our views and to liberate yourself from your beliefs, whatever they happen to be.


“… [E]nfoldment, the process whereby multiple partial and even contradictory truths can be assembled into a more complex and coherent understanding of reality.”

What makes you think, about anything sufficiently complex, that there is “a” reality than can universally be shared, if we only try hard enough?

“[W]e can talk about hundreds of other conspiracy theories that are just plain silly.”

No, we can talk about hundreds of other conspiracy theories that are just plain silly to us. Are we [the] gods of information? Seriously. Is anyone? If you think there is, IMHO you really haven’t read or thought enough.

Unfortunately, on one level (the one that is very relevant today) we must recognize that is there is no such thing as knowledge (as constructed from “facts” and logic). It’s all belief. All of it. To be more specific: It is never possible to know that one possesses definitive, incontestable knowledge.

To take our current core event: Whether you heard about SARS-CoV-2 from your work buddy down the hall, or you read about it The New York Times, or you read a scientific paper describing it, or you saw one of damn things right through an electron microscope yourself – if it’s about the external world, it’s all evidence and perception. Which is not truth. To actually “possess truth”, you need to be one with the thing being examined. So the virus may not be what you think it is, whatever that entire mental model you hold in your head is.

What were formerly philosophy class mental gymnastics are now at the core of our current epistemological crisis, because, for many of us, “the experts” have clearly lost their ethos. IMO, it’s because they only work for some of us. It’s no longer a question of how to shepherd the (relatively few) laggard idiots and ignorant to our side with more clever tools.

Instead, it’s now back to the question we once knew (but apparently lost in the last 30-35 years or so, as I’ve been an adult well before that) of how do we live, once again, with non-reduceable, multiple perceptions of truth, which are foundations for many of our institutions. They support the practice of science, where hundreds or thousands work in parallel as peers, where all too often many ideas will never converge to universally accepted theories. They support the basis of democracy, where each person’s vote counts, both for facts and for morals. Humans are fallible, and unavoidably so, so one cannot give dictatorial power to anyone or any subgroup. We risk abandoning this relativism at great peril.