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Knowing vs Understanding

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by Seeker of White Light, Sep 29, 2022.

  1. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    In your view what is the difference between knowing and understanding?
     
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  2. Truthseeker

    Truthseeker Non-debating member when I can help myself

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    That's too deep for me! What is the difference in your view?
     
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  3. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    To me it means .
    Knowing = what you learnd by reading and what scholars has told you.

    Understanding come from doing and practicing.
     
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    That would depend upon the context. Knowing and understanding what?
     
  5. Truthseeker

    Truthseeker Non-debating member when I can help myself

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    I don't know very much about a sufi viewpoint, but that sounds similar to what the Buddha said. :)All very valid.
     
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    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    Actually i was thinking the difference in the meaning in ever topic, where people say i know or i understand.

    Can one understand but not have the knowledge?
     
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    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    Even as a Baha'i i carry everything i learned through the different religions/cultivation paths i have taken :)
     
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  8. Truthseeker

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    Yes, you have the book first and then practice it and really find out.
     
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    I think that's wonderful! Baha'is need every viewpoint, from every religious tradition. From that we can build a world civilization.
     
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    Knowing: possessing information
    Understanding: comprehension
     
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    You can know without understanding but can't understand without knowing (first).
     
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    I agree with the general thought. Most of the time understanding only comes with practice, but more generally understanding is the ability to do.
    E.g. you may know how an internal combustion engine works but you only understand it if you can fix it. That usually requires having practiced it but sometimes you could have learned that also without having practiced.
     
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    I know I dont understand science.

    As science it's practice is to take earths body status by human only awareness.... to change anything in any place by human choice.

    I don't know why.
    I don't understand why.

    Yet I know you cause it as I've observed you as natural human by natural observation.

    If you claim I think whilst seeing you hence you know.....of course I do..yet I'm not using a thesis you are. Knowing you are wrong.

    I know you are destructive as I see you are.

    I don't however understand why you made those choices as you are just a human too.
     
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    A shame it is "corrected" to suit the Bahai narrative.
     
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    One God said a human man in his owned mind.

    One cause. Once.

    The falling Satan star mass that burnt natural light gas. Attacked his biology personally once only.

    His one God ideal.
     
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    To me, the difference between the word meanings, can be demonstrated by the Egyptian pyramids:
    We “know” the Egyptians created them, but we don’t “understand” how they did it.

    Does that help?
     
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  17. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    Yes :) i just wonder, did the egyptians really build the pyramids ?
     
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    I “know” you wrote this, but honestly, I don’t “understand” it.
    I am at a complete loss.
    Is English your Mother tongue? Help me understand.
     
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    Sounds like you are a “Chariots of the Gods “ fan!
     
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    While I was writing my response, I was wondering if someone might bring this up!
     
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