Human Knowledge: Foundations and Limits
By Brian Holtz.
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Why is there something
Is the world an illusion?
What exists beyond the human
What happens after death? Does divine
or supernatural agency exist? Is the future already
What is the meaning
What is right and wrong?
What beings should have what rights?
should one do?
What is truth? consciousness? intelligence?
What are the limits of
Of logic? Could a machine
think? Does free will exist?
How did the universe begin? How will it end? What laws
govern it? Why are those laws as they are?
How old is the universe? How big is it? What happened before
Does the universe have a center? An edge? What is the universe
What is life? How did life
explains its complexity?
How did mind
language arise? How does the brain
Is there life and intelligence beyond earth?
How do politics and economics work? What system is best?
How and why do men and women behave differently?
How and why have human civilizations developed differently?
Will humanity suffer cultural
crash? tyranny? resource
pollution? pandemic? interplanetary
Will humanity experience divine
salvation? loss of faith?
abilities? alien contact?
or human superintelligence? immortality?
What will happen in the next: hundred
years? thousand years? million years? billion years? trillion years?
This evolving hypertext is a
statement of what humanity does and does
not know, and can and cannot
know, about the answers to these and hundreds
of other such questions. It summarizes what human
has learned, identifying for each subdivision of human knowledge its
concepts, principles, mysteries,
and misunderstandings. It asserts a worldview
of scientific positivism
and libertarian capitalism
that it predicts will guide
human thought and action.
||Brian Holtz has been designing Internet
Yahoo and Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley since 1990. He is a
husband, father, and author of ToolTalk and Open Protocols
Hall, 1994). He holds an M.S. in AI from the U. of Michigan and a B.S.
in computer science from the U. of S. Miss. Honors College. Read
more at holtz.org, or on his Knowing Humans blog.
Last updated 2005-06-09 Site