What is knowledge? By Miguel Catalán

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Knowledge comes at the cost of loss. Was it worth it?

The Judaic myth, which inherits previous myths -I mean Persian, Egyptian or Mesopotamian- leaves us filled with melancholy for the lost paradise, which is really just missing that which never existed. In that sense, it presupposes the existence of some golden age in which we had no need to hide in the deep or lie to our parents. That is simply a myth. Now we know, thanks to the sciences, of conduct, ethology, primatology, that moment never happened. That we’ve always been guilty. Guilty as a group for persecuting individuals which behave differently from the majority, and as individuals for breaking the laws of the tribe, for not doing that which is expected of us. This complex reality has always been the case, also now, in open societies and in closed ones. We have testimonials from people in concentration camps which gossiped and kept secrets from the guards in difficult circumstances. In some concentration camps there was music twenty-four hours a day, in order to avoid communication between interns. That music, of course, was different from the one we can hear in today’s department stores, but deep down not so different.

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