A Thought for Every Thursday – We’re Probably ALL wrong

This week’s pair of questions center on truth, the discovery of knowledge, and whether or not people should be wary of those who claim they have the absolute correct answer to any of life’s mysteries.

 Question 1.

Think Twice

 French author André Gide once posed:

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.”

Do you agree with this statement?

Have you ever believed you knew a significant truth, only to find out later you were wrong?

And are you more objective as a result of that experience?


Question 2.

End of Ages

 Is it possible (or even probable) that ages from now, much of the science and philosophy we now take for truth will be revealed as false, and a newer, truer system of knowledge be put into place?

In other words, could many of the things we think we know be completely wrong?


Is it possible (or even probable) that the only period of time during which humanity will know the truth of everything (or close to everything) will be mere moments before the end of our existence?

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Past Thought for Every Thursday entries are right here.

If you like these kinds of questions, try these on for size.

If you prefer something gentler, go here.

Until next week…

J Edward Neill

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  1. Personally, I’ve been wrong a great many times in my life, but I’m usually not completely wrong. So as I learn more, I’ve come to assume that I can never be completely right, but I can at least be less wrong than I was before.

  2. I once believed I knew the truth about God and religion, only to be a delivered a humbling and agonizing reality check. Since then, I question all philosophies on God and religion. If one that I was so convinced was true, could be so horribly false, then most likely they all are. I can’t go to another church without being critical of their beliefs, so I just do my own thing.

  3. River Fairchild

    I don’t think that we will ever be completely wrong or completely right about anything – even mere moments before we cease to exist as a collective. (Yes, that’s a borg reference. Or sheep.) I don’t believe there is such a thing as absolute truth, so how can there be only one answer?

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