Hey all, first time on the board, and I signed up specifically because I’m seeking more insight and information on what *must* be a philosophy that has been discussed *somewhere* before.
My main premise is a discussion on faith. Specifically, that our entire lives are based on faith. Not faith in religion specifically, but faith on EVERYTHING and EVERYONE.
First a definition of the term:
faith [feyth] Show IPA
confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
Ok so… faith is a trust in a person or thing. Basically, whether it be science, religion, news, history, space, or the very air we breath… we function on knowledge that is a product of believing what someone else has told us.
We read a history book in a library, and believe that its true. Why?
We read a science book that explains the fundamentals of the periodic table, and believe that its true. Why?
We read a prestigious news paper and believe that the articles on the front pages are true. Why?
Every single piece of knowledge we have that hasn’t been obtained empirically is perceived as true/false simply based on faith in the person or group of persons that have told us (or implied through renown) it is so.
Technically then, is fact or fiction to the individual based solely on social function and communication?
Even still, studying things empirically is never complete proof of fact. Example: I drop a soda can, and it falls on the ground. I believe that gravity is the cause of this, though I only believe that because it is the concept that was taught to me as a child. It could very well be that an invisible leprechaun grabbed my can and pushed it into the floor. Although improbable, how can I *without a single modicum of scientific doubt* say that it IS NOT TRUE?
If anyone out there can understand the basic principles of my ramblings, are there any philosophers or thinkers that have posed these questions? I’m not necessarily trying to define the concept of truth, but that everything we do and consider is based on trust in someone else (or something, like social structure, or environment).