Human Knowledge: Foundations and Limits

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Philosophy
  Metaphysics
    Ontology
    Theology
  Epistemology
    Philosophy of Mind
    Philosophy of Science
  Axiology
    Ethics
    Political Philosophy
    Virtue Philosophy
    Aesthetics
Mathematics
  Logic
Natural Science
  Physics
    Mechanics
    Wave Physics
    Thermodynamics
    Electromagnetics
    Quantum Physics
  Astronomy
    Cosmology
    Galactic Astronomy
    Stellar Astronomy
    Planetary Astronomy
  Chemistry
  Geoscience
  Biology
Technology
Social Science
  Economics
    Macroeconomics
    Microeconomics
  Political Science
  Sociology
  Psychology
  Linguistics
  History
  Futurology
    Impossible Advances
    Improbable Advances
    Academic Progress
    Technological Progress
    Industrial Progress
    Sociopolitical Progress
    Challenges
    Possible Catastrophes
    Timeline
  • Why is there something rather than nothing? Is the world an illusion? What exists beyond the human senses? What happens after death? Does divine or supernatural agency exist? Is the future already decided?
  • What is the meaning of life? What is right and wrong?  What beings should have what rights? What should one do?
  • What is truth? consciousness? intelligence? What are the limits of intelligence? 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 the Big Bang? Does the universe have a center? An edge? What is the universe expanding into?
  • What is life? How did life arise? What explains its complexity?
  • How did mind and language arise? How does the brain work?
  • 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 decline? economic crash? tyranny? resource depletion? overpopulation? runaway pollution? pandemic? interplanetary impact? nuclear catastrophe? nanotech plague?
  • Will humanity experience divine salvation? loss of faith? paranormal abilities? alien contact? time travel? warp travel? machine 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 systematic 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 civilization has learned, identifying for each subdivision of human knowledge its fundamental concepts, principles, mysteries, and misunderstandings.  It asserts a worldview of scientific positivism and libertarian capitalism that it predicts will guide future human thought and action. 
     
    Brian Brian Holtz has been designing Internet software for Yahoo and  Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley since 1990. He is a husband, father, and author of ToolTalk and Open Protocols (Prentice 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.

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