Bud said:anart said:I think you may be working yourself up by over-analyzing a fairly basic concept.
Noted. But if that is so, I am asking someone who will claim to understand the author's statement, to explain it to me so that my simple mind can grasp how I may be 'over-analyzing'. I just look at what is in front of me. It is not I that is claiming that I can know something and that this 'something' can be represented as something that I don't know that I don't know. It is the author and anyone who asserts the same claim who has the onus of providing the evidence of his assertion.
After all, I may be contributing a real-life example that might be helpful to this topic.
Well, I don't know if my experience is anything to go by, but when the whole Cs thing started, I would really get frustrated when they would keep insisting that I back up and think about my questions. Or when they would answer that any answer would be completely incomprehensible to me. It really was a process of coming to the realization that there were unknown unknowns. I mean, I didn't even think of some things ... didn't even know that there were questions about some things that could be asked.
For example, I had to get into a situation with a psychopath to even begin to ask questions about "what the heck is going on here?" I dug into anything I could find on the topic frantically trying to get a picture of what this energy was that was so darned inexplicable. I didn't even know what questions to ask. I actually started out with looking up a casual word that someone had dropped: narcissism. And one thing led to another.
Then, much later, along came Mouravieff and his statements about "pre-Adamic man." Woah! So, I asked about that and the Cs made the connection for me to what I had been learning for so many months at that time.
There are other things where they would mention something and I knew absolutely nothing about it and I would say "Oh, that's ridiculous..." only to go through a process of becoming aware of things. Because it seems that once the idea was made available to my consciousness, I was able to notice things that connected to that idea.
Probably the most startling of the unknown unknowns was at the very beginning: the idea of hyperdimensional realities. Geeze, that was a tough one to grok. And when I was asking questions about aliens and so forth, that was NOT in the range of possibles in my mind. It was literally an unknown unknown.
Just think about people who are living in an isolated, ignorant state hundreds of years ago. The fact that the American continents existed was an unknown unknown. The very idea that there was anything beyond the oceans would never have occurred to them. They would never have asked the question "what is on the other side of the ocean" because, as far as they were concerned, the ocean blended with the sky at the horizon and if you went that far, you fell off into the void.