Philosophical Fallibilism, Incomplete Knowledge and a Science of the Unknown

Such a principle (of Fallibilism) should indeed be taken as implicit to science and all ordered systems of knowledge or organisational practice. The indefinitely extensible essence (and raison d’etre) of all material, biological, cognitive, cultural and technological systems is irreducible; it is simultaneously strength and vulnerability in (and as) everything we build, cultivate and share.

Accepting such an endemic and distributed discontinuity into public, corporate or institutional discourse is (itself) subject to a critical fallibility of psychology. Narrative cognition orbits around an illusion of (even the possibility of) teleological closure; this is as much a matter of reflexive self-validation and aspirational individuation as it is the core narcissism and self-inflection around which subjectivity could only ever be cultivated.

We might measure progress not by a diminutive reclamation of shoreline around this small island of human knowledge but, conversely, by a dawning acknowledgement of that vast and yawning epistemological vacuum of the unknown, of entropy and of all those Other recombinatory possibilities that still lie out there, beyond even a visible horizon as much as deeply embedded within (and as) our own minds.

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