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The Difference Between Theory, Beliefs And Knowledge (Deep Insight)

1) Theory

  • The dictionary definition of theory is: “a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.”
  • Ultimately a theory is only useful in it’s ability to understand, predict or manipulate reality
  • Reality for all intents and purposes is physical, the people, places and things in the physical universe is what most people agree is reality
  • The only reason people take scientist and engineers seriously is their ability to predict reality, like weather patterns for example, or to manipulate reality, like the creation of the smartphone
  • Once a theory can accurately predict reality it becomes a belief
  • Once a theory can accurately manipulate reality it becomes a thing
  • A theory is the lowest level of certainty

2) Beliefs

  • The dictionary definition of belief is: “an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.”
  • I believe World War 2 happened, but I don’t know for sure, I wasn’t there
  • But I also believe that a lot of our history is deliberate misinformation, because history is written by the winners, who have a massive motivation to control the narrative
  • A belief is the middle level of certainty

3) Knowledge

  • Knowledge is: “awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.”
  • The key measurement for knowledge is experience: “for example, I know I’m communicating to you right now either through my website or my youtube channel” (excluding the theory we live in a simulation)
  • Knowledge is the highest level of certainty, when you’re certain you know\
  • So the questions become:
  • Are my theories serving me by allowing to create a better life?
  • Are my beliefs accurate or am I limiting my potential by limiting my beliefs and mistaking those beliefs for knowledge and certainty?