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Posted on 2006.06.26 at 21:36

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drax0r
drax0r at 2006-06-27 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
Epistemology is the branch of philosophy which studies the nature and scope of knowledge. The word "epistemology" originated from the Greek words episteme (knowledge) and logos (word/speech).

Much of the debate in this field has focused on analyzing the nature of knowledge and how it relates to similar notions such as truth, and belief. Much of this discussion concerns justification. Epistemologists analyze the standards of justification for knowledge claims, that is, the grounds on which one can claim to know a particular fact. In a nutshell, epistemology addresses the questions, "Do you really know what you think you know?" and, if so, "How do you know what you know?"

There are different approaches to the theory of knowledge. Recent studies have re-written centuries-old assumptions, and so, the field of epistemology continues to be vibrant and dynamic.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-06-27 19:18 (UTC) (Link)
Egocentrism is the characteristic of regarding oneself and one's own opinions or interests as most important. The term derives from the Greek egô, meaning "I." An egocentric person has no theory of mind, cannot "put himself in other people's shoes," and believes everyone sees what he sees (or that what he sees in some way exceeds what others see.)

I guess the reason I post that, is because truth & belief have to do more with one's individuality that even some proven science (and more often that not just theories) which will not persude otherwise. However, one can contain the understanding of one thing, and beliefs in another. Understanding alone doesn't require belief.
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