Technically, knowledge is truth, but then so is communication when you consider that if you are miscommunicating it is no better than lying, and if you are deliberatly distorting the truth, you are denying to others what they need to thrive and survive... Only when we know all there is to know are we capable of self government and of making reasoned choices on any subject...Those who control the truth, control knowledge, and they have the means to control all of society..
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While I am a materialist, I understand that philosophy cannot only encompass material things. If we don't hold our stances only close enough to examine them, our minds will crumble under the weight of abnegation when faced with contradictory information. You must have a healthy merging of science and philosophy in order to maintain a healthy mind. If we can benefit off of knowledge of things that work in our perspective reality, we should, but we shouldn't be too sure that our laws are universal. Humans can never actually find truth and be certain of it, scientific understanding grows; it is never certain. While I think it highly improbable that you are an illusion, if I found out you were, imagine the denial my brain would go through.
Others will label you...Let them, but life comes at you too fast to be burdened with anything that keeps you from getting out of the way PDQ.
There is no division between science and philosophy, but there is certainly a distinction...
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Ops, I neglected to give you evidence! You provided it yourself. The flatness of the Earth was a known. But it shouldn't have been a known for the philosophers.
The earth is flat, as a practical matter, and as a geographical matter is is spherical...It is a wonder given Aristotles references to the size of the earth, that the medieval Church did not get it...