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What is knowledge? Where does it come from? Where does it go? An experiment

Updated on July 27, 2013

Your brain is empty

Whose knowledge is this?

What is knowledge? Where does it come from? Where does it go?

I was on a pilgrimage when I met this knowledgeable man at the pilgrim center. Just like all knowledgeable persons, this man too had a flowing and curly beard. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about the pilgrim center. When did that Tsunami strike the center? On which tree was the priest's car found after the Tsunami? How many non-believers perished in that Tsunami? When does the last train leave the center? What was the total collection at the center, year-wise, for the last 25 years? and so on and so forth. This man was knowledgeable because none of the pilgrims knew these vital facts. You feel ignorant in the presence of such a knowledgeable person and the knowledgeable person himself feels totally lost in the presence of a totally ignorant person like you. Fortunately, ignorance is not ignorance as long as the majority is ignorant, and the majority who visits a pilgrim center like this in India is never considered knowledgeable. Since even the quantum of knowledge a person holds is democratically decided in India, some have more knowledge than the others and some have less, all based on how much your brain can contain and process and project. That is why that knowledgeable tea maker at the pilgrim center commanded so much respect. You ask him anything you want to know, and as you sip your steaming tea, you get all you want to know. But the fact is that this man has no brains, just like his father, for he has been selling tea for the last 25 years, following what his father had done for 35 years.

So when that neurologist I spoke to told me that knowledge is stored in YOUR BRAIN, I told that learned doctor, MY FOOT.


And then I conducted my experiment.

I randomly selected ten 15-year old graduate science students from the same social and economic group in a residential locality and gave them Shakespeare’s most-quoted “life is a tale told by an idiot …” I asked those fresh brains to first read the quote thrice "and exactly after 5 minutes write the quote down on a sheet of paper."

One student wrote 100% of the quote, three wrote 65%–75%, 5 wrote 25%–74%, and one wrote almost nothing.

Since the ten brains apparently had the same structural combination and social setting, what went wrong with that lonesome brain that wrote almost nothing? HIS FATHER WAS A FOOL, that learned doctor would say. Brains is a question of genes.

But this is how I explain this: The heart of a dog, the eye of an ape, reflexes of an ass, and the brain of a donkey are structurally and functionally not much different or worse than the heart, eye, reflexes, and brain, respectively, of a full-fledged, well-fed, rational, terribly proud, human being.

Now my friend, forget your brain, if you have one, for a moment; forget what you know, and listen to me. Your brain, that ass’s brain, and that donkey’s brain are all nothing but cells, cells, and cells. They don’t contain stuff and they don’t contain knowledge, because knowledge is not containable.

So what is knowledge? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Where, if at all, does it get stored?

But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of understanding? (Job:28:2).

Let's face this. Our brains are empty.

Knowledge has two forms: absolute and relative. Absolute knowledge is a part of creation and relative knowledge is the contribution of the created. When God told Eve, “Don’t eat that fruit at the central park of Eden, if you do, you’ll die,” that command constituted absolute knowledge. Eve thought, “bull-shit, let’s give it a try,”ate it, gave it to her mate, and gained the knowledge that they were naked. This is relative knowledge, or created knowledge.

The cells of a brain, human or otherwise, generate thought waves that form well-formed images that get stored in unknown destinations, probably in a universal store house of knowledge. These storehouses of knowledge are probably maintained separate for humans, dogs, donkeys, and all organisms, and also separate for absolute knowledge and created knowledge.

We gain knowledge by accessing these storehouses.

So the most dreaded Alzheimer’s disease affects your access to created knowledge and not you absolute senses.

When we train our brain cells to master any specific subject or task, we learn to vibrate our thought waves in a particular frequency to access that area in the storehouse of knowledge, absolute or relative as the case may be.

So what is nonsense? Nonsense is anything lying outside your senses. Note that God gave man no more than about five senses. Could there not be more unknown or unthought-of senses that are probably given to dogs and cats but not to man, like, for example, the ability to sense the presence of ghosts?

So, as I was saying, we have just a few senses. Anything beyond the scope of these five senses is nonsense. The range of nonsense is the area of absolute knowledge to which access is denied to human beings. Sense contains relative knowledge. Ninety percent of what our senses access is relative knowledge.

To repeat, knowledge cannot be gained, it can only be accessed. Brain cells generate thought waves in different frequencies corresponding to different areas of knowledge. Most of these knowledge areas are yet to be accessed, like that gray area lying between philosophy and biology, or between mathematics and chemistry.

Brainy people do not have knowledge, they merely have brainy cells that access knowledge faster than the rest. This topic needs further explanation, which I hope would come from some waves somewhere around the world. Before signing off, let me ask you to generate waves on the following observation.

A kindergarten student in School A on average took 50 minutes to study alphabets from A to D in 1995. The 1996 batch took 45 minutes, the 1997 batch 43 minutes, the 1998 batch 40 minutes, and the 2005 batch 38 minutes. What does this mean? Does the accessibility of channels get clearer as usage increases?

Actually, I don’t know.

Going further, life too, like knowledge, does not exist in physical structure: it exists in an outer source. While knowledge expresses itself in intangibles, life expresses itself in concrete tangibles.

Just as we access knowledge through thought waves, we access life through life waves, being generated by physical selves in different frequencies.

As I said, unknown nonsense has more stuff than known sense.

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