Capacity to Store Information and it Affect on Truths….
Currently, positivism is viewed “as a single reality independent of humans, and that the methods of natural science should be adopted in research on social, specifically educational, questions” (Mackenzie, 2011, p. 534). Education research, in many circles, currently adopts this idea of truth. However, historically “all fields until about fifty years ago and still in philosophy and the philosophy of science view the term as a rejection of the correspondence theory of truth, the denial of, or more correctly agnosticism about, the existence of a single reality independent of human beings” (Mackenzie, 2011, p. 534). The physical world and the laws of nature are immutable. It exists independently of human’s wants or desires and is mostly beyond human control. Humans are part of nature, and human activity is part of the natural process.
Social researches are often biased and have little understanding of the laws of natural sciences. As Mackenzie (2011) points to standardized methods often blended with qualitative research ignore the evolution of language and original meanings. Social researchers can be biased against the laws of natural sciences and selection (p. 535).
Humans banished many medieval superstitions that were based on observations, but humans lacked experiences and misunderstood phenomenon being observed. Humans’ attempts to explain natural processes, natural laws independent of human existence, have proven to be mistruths.
Natural laws are discovered through science. Language stores science and the evolution of technology stores language. As a result, humans have an increasing knowledge of science and an increasing knowledge of truth in a direct proportion. The more humans experiment with science, the more we will understand the truths surrounding the sciences. Habermas’s (1971) paradigm of the stone does prove that truths do exist in natural law (p. 265).
Fantasy worlds existed but in a limited context. Monks could live in a fantasy world, but this choice was limited. Oral tradition, cave art, the Bible, the Torah, the Koran and anime are all storage mediums for the fantasy world. Affordable and collaborative technologies increase the human ability to exist in a fantasy world. The natural world continues to exist, changed only by nature’s timeframe. Man is part of nature and all of our technologies are part of the natural world. After human consciousness ceases to exist, there will still be truth and order in the universal world.
Habermas, J. (1971). Knowledge and Human Interests, J. J. Shariro, trans. (Boston, MA, Beacon Press).
Mackenzie, J. (2011). Positivism and Constructivism, Truth and “Truth.” Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(5), 534-546.