Comments, questions, arguments for/against welcomed! ------------------------------- Two travellers approach a town. On the outskirts is a sign denoting the name of the town - Gynomypisteology. The travelers are in disagreement as to the correct pronounciation of the name. So heated is the debate that the travelers agree to stop at the first place and ask one of the locals what the correct pronounciation is. They arrive at a food outlet and then argue for another 1/2 hour about the best approach to use so as to elicit an answer untainted by their differential interpretations. The nominated traveler approaches the service counter and asks the service person "Have you lived here all your life?" to which the girl answered yes and pointed to the Church across the street in which she was baptised and which her ancestors built. It seems the travelers had found their quarry and the nominated traveler continued - "So what do YOU call this place?" Since the girl had never been out of the town and her only experience with the outside world was via passing travelers, she gave the nominated traveler an empathic look and smile and then begins to phonetically sound out the name, "B-u-r-g-e-r K-i-n-g". This illustrates the underpinnnigs of "Gynomypisteology" taken from the greek and translated into "view + faith". I'm postulating that this sits shoulder to shoulder with Epistemology, Logic and Metaphysics - ie a fourth stream of Philosophy. The proprosition is that belief in something has been taken to mean "truth" and we think that without belief, truth would exist, but it does not. Belief is ego (or homo)-centric and thus so are all current truths. Knowledge (Epistemology) is based on belief; Logic is based on belief and any conceptions of reality (Metaphysics) are based on belief. Within Gynomypisteology the concept of reality is ego (or homo)-centric, "truth" is held to be different eg: Self-consciousness >> Self-awareness >> Consciousness >> Unconciousness In the above - between Self-consciousness and awareness lies "belief", "reality" lies under Consciousness and "truth" lies under Unconsciousness. Self-consciousness is aligned with ego (homo-)centrity. So, in basic applicaiton that, all things being equal, "bird" can be said not to be self-aware nor self-conscious and man can, bird is closer to truth than man and man is closer to belief. Belief is almost solely driven by pervasive power structures (including but not limited to socio-cultural forces) and not necessarily by majority rule (regardless of the definition or scope of "majority") as is assumed. Partially underpinning this is directive psycho-social learning, cognitive processes, perceptual processes and finally, several and collective perceptual capacity. Perceptual capacity and/or the degree of specialisation has been taken to indicate consciousness - which is not an automatic by-product of existence, it is a by-product of perceptual capacity measured against lessening degrees of specialisation. That man has LESS specialised several and collective percepetual capacity, contributes to man being imbued with "self"-consciousness. Truth, if it indeed exists, is unconstructed by the mind's eye, man and mind. Collective human beliefs contribute to truth, but can never reflect it in its entirety. By analogy, truth, if it exists, is like a hologram glass - if broken each minute shard contains a replica of the entire image. Collective beliefs are synonymous with taking a photo and asking each of 100 human beings to reconstruct the photo - if broken apart the final constructed photo would resemble a piece of abstract art. Even 1 human being could not reconstruct the photo accurately. Thus, one human being can not know anything outside their own belief and may never understand that they have one to the exclusion of others. To the extent that one is self-conscious one can only ever contribute to the truth because one can not step outside ones' self. Each individual is a collection of beliefs. Whilst they are self-conscious they can never step outside themselves and are therefore wholly ego (or homo)-centric and everything is always relative to them. Perceptual capacities, being the fundamental building blocks of belief (and differentiator of man from that which is not man), alongside perceptual "opportunities" necessarily dictates some vairability in belief. Beliefs can show the truth being driven by pervasive power structures. Interpretation of belief is subject to bias and is therefore less true. Human truth would therefore seem to lie at the unconscious level. ------- Gnomypisyeology can be applied to Religion, Science, Language etc.Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!