The Life Foundations Nexus
By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti
In order to understand what you are about to read, you need to first read I'm Doing What's Right. Why Don't I Have Certainty?
Throughout the course of one’s life, the mind alternates between “undiluted certainty” and “diluted certainty.” Undiluted certainty is what most people call “certainty.” Actually, however, undiluted certainty is certainty accompanied by the certainty cognos-datum (see I'm Doing What's Right. Why Don't I Have Certainty? for an explanation of the certainty cognos-datum). Diluted certainty is a little more complex and requires a little more explanation.
Throughout the course of one’s life, on a continual basis, the mind alternates between two “knowledge states.” These knowledge states are “ignorance” and “knowledge” and the alternation between these two knowledge states is called the “knowledge cycle.” The two knowledge states apply to everything in our lives. The most obvious area is the area of information. For example, you have a question and you find an answer. You ask, “What time is it?” Someone answers, “It’s 5:00 in the evening.” The other area the knowledge states apply to is perception. For example, you are hungry and you get some food. Before you get the food you are ignorant of the (future) fact that there is food in front of you. After you get the food you know that there is food in front of you.
So, what is diluted certainty? Diluted certainty is certainty experienced during the “ignorance phase” of the knowledge cycle. Now, there is an experience that accompanies ignorance. This experience is called the ignorance cognos-datum (read I'm Doing What's Right. Why Don't I Have Certainty? to find out what a cognos-datum is). What happens during diluted certainty is that, in effect, the certainty cognos-datum has been blended with the ignorance cognos-datum. This in effect blend of these two cognos-datums is called the “ignorance-certainty cognos-datum.”
What is the point of all of this? IN EFFECT, DILUTED CERTAINTY, BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN DILUTED BY IGNORANCE, DOES NOT HAVE THE ABSOLUTE (COMPLETE) QUALITY THAT UNDILUTED CERTAINTY HAS. THEREFORE, IT MAY SEEM TO BE TOO WEAK TO BE CERTAINTY. As a result, in critical situations, people often reject diluted certainty and (needed) associated knowledge (that about which they are “dilutedly” certain).