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The truth about accurately judging reality

2017/02/11

The finite mind cannot therefore attain to the full truth about things through similarity. For the truth is neither more or less, but rather indivisible. What of itself is not true can no more measure the truth than what is not a circle can measure a circle, whose being is indivisible. Hence reason, which is not the truth, can never grasp the truth so exactly that it could not be grasped infinitely more accurately. Reason stands in the same relation to truth as the polygon to the circle; the more vertices a polygon has, the more it resembles a circle, yet even when that number of vertices grows infinite, the polygon never becomes equal to a circle, unless it becomes a circle in its true nature. The real nature of what exists, which constitutes its truth, is therefore never attainable. It has been sought by all the philosophers, but never found, The further we penetrate into informed ignorance, the closer we come to the truth itself.

Nicholas of Kues, De Docta Ignorantia (Of Informed Ignorance) Book I


Heuristic processing, Human algorithmic systems, and Predictive analysis

Meanwhile, witness a prime example of truth testing ‘informed ignorance’

An Alleged Muslim Spy Ring – Why Rex Tillerson Was Right To Clean House

Still, a plethora of mundane examples also await revelation.

…from Winnipeg, Manitoba (AP) — “A Canadian man and diagnosed schizophrenic who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus has been granted his freedom and promises to never succumb to psychotic episodes and not to hurt anybody ever again.

A Congolese migrant refugee in Berlin, Germany, has been accused of beheading the corpse of his girlfriend in a ritualistic killing after stabbing her 30 times.

In Ludhiana, India. A teenager ‘beheads a nine-year-old boy, chops up body, eats flesh, cuts out heart and drinks blood’

(Cyber-Intuitive Behavioral) “Algorithms are not inherently fair, because the person who builds the model defines success,” … for instance, — Some courts rely on computer-ranked formulas to determine jail sentences and parole, which may discriminate against minorities by taking into account “risk” factors such as their (history, culture), neighborhood (environments) and friend or family links to (the propensity for committing) crime. –Cathy O’Neil  (emphasis added)

“We are concerned about bias, accountability and ethical decisions but those exist whether you are using algorithms or not.” –Daniel Castro

See Also

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… The Turing Test, Intelligence and Consciousness

Gestural Turing Test A Motion-Capture Experiment for Exploring Believability In Artificial Nonverbal Communication

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