Now that is a science class
What I left out, conveniently, above was Baudrillard’s perspective towards striving for that kind of absolute knowledge you referred to. He actually criticized it as being deceptive for reasons I’ll have to go back and read about. By no means were you wrong to have wanted to do everything you could to figure out what was in the box, though. I remember high school being so much extraneous work, at least they could have let you have -that- satisfaction for some of it! I want to say all of this amounts to the majority of people not just freaking being humble and honest about what they can and can’t know at any point in time.
Hah, I’m a great example of that! I’m surprised no scholar here has shown up and trashed everything I said above!
There might have been some temporary satisfaction in opening the box and seeing how well or how badly our science did but it would have been a superficial satisfaction. It was a far, far, far greater lesson to learn that in the real world there is no ‘God given’ answer book, there is no ultimate authority to tell us the absolutely true - there is just us and the mental tools we bring to the question.