Framework for knowledge production and consumption – Part 3

Knowledge Producers

Framework for Knowledge -3

  1. Preserver of Tradition

Knowledge that is retained, reproduced and distributed, without concern for if all of it can be validated, and is done based on the drive for ‘Shraddha’ and ‘Nishtha’, and is done with the intention of preserving the ancient records and narratives for the benefit of posterity.  Such an effort is of a ‘Sativik’ kind and one who retains/reproduces or distributes such knowledge is to be congratulated.

S/he is a Preserver of Tradition!

    2. Dharmic Superstar

Knowledge that is produced based on all the relevant and testable evidence is of a ‘Satvik’ and thus of a ‘Dharmic’ kind and one who produces such knowledge is to be congratulated.

S/he is a Dharmic Superstar!

      3. Tamasic Sceptic

An arbitrary or selective truth claim based on ancient records or narratives, that is not testable with the availability of current background knowledge or technology, is espoused and flaunted, as if to prove why rest of the corresponding ancient records or narratives can not be trusted.  Such actions are committed by individuals who employ such tactic to dissuade others from exploring,  to justify their own inaction and to avoid logical and rational discussion of other evidence that can be tested.

I will explain, in future parts, why such efforts or individuals who do such efforts are still termed as knowledge producing efforts or knowledge producing individuals.

S/he is a Tamasic Sceptic!

    4. Superficial Manipulator

An arbitrary or seletive evidence from a set of much larger evidence is tested to arrive at hasty conclusions.  The usage of arbitrary or selective evidence is the ‘superficial’ part of this exercise.

The very selection of such arbitrary or selective evidence is, typically, made due to ‘agenda’ of proving or justifying a ‘specific’ conclusion.  Testing of arbitrary or selective evidene may also occur, albeit rarely, due to ignorance of the scientific and rational method of analyzing/evaluating a ‘truth claim’.  The focus of evaluation here is based on justification, pursuation, distraction and confusion via discussion of irrelevant subjects and special pleading.  Acts of justification may include referring to authorities, and traditions. Naturally the final outcome is based on  the evidence that is a blend of  ‘testable’ and ‘non-testable’ evidence.

While selective and arbitrary evidence that tends to support one’s theory/proposal is presented in a positive light, all other relevant evidence that would have otherwise falsified or contradicted the very theory/proposal is either conviniently ignored or explained away.

Field of Indic research and  its all disciplines – Archeaology, Astronomy, Genetics, Paleo-Botany, Paleo-Climatology,  Paleo-hydrology, Geology, Anthropology, Inscriptions research, Linguistics, etc. are full of such research works and of researchers who produce such works.

I will explain, in future parts, why such efforts or individuals who do such efforts are still termed as knowledge producing efforts or knowledge producing individuals.

S/he is a Superficial Manipulator!

In next part, we will explore four types of knowledge consumers.

To be continued…

 

 

 

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