Synthesis wrote: Then the question becomes, "What is knowledge?" My answer would be that it is pure guess based on our faulty powers of observation/interpretation. If [indeed] we are incapable of accessing reality, than what can knowledge be?
I am not suggesting that we can not [or do not] use our intelligence to some capacity, but what we are able to grasp happens before our interpretive functions kick-in. This is why our first impressions seem right so often. The first perception takes "near reality" and makes it into our personal reality. This so-called knowledge is a chimera, which is why knowledge is ALWAYS changing. Anything knowable is impermanent, whereas actual Reality is permanent and unknowable.
Again, what we can "understand" happens in the non-temporal moment before our interpretive powers initiate. Subsequent, it's all speculation, i.e., the human mind attempting to process an infinite number of variables. As evidenced by peering out of any window, the later doesn't work so very well.
I agree with everything you've said. However, it appears that you're not differentiating
between "real", "true", or "objective" knowledge, and "so called" or "subjective" "knowledge", which, of course, is not really knowledge
at all. What you're calling "knowledge" isn't really knowledge in the least.
It appears that you're basic point is that we are incapable
of having any real knowledge, because we're incapable of absolute objective perception/cognition. My position, however, is that this depends on the individual. Even in the midst of our subjective experience of the world, a man can obtain real knowledge, it's just that knowledge can never be called "absolute" or "all encompassing". We may be limited in the amount of knowledge we can have, but this doesn't mean that we can't learn real things about the world, i.e. have some actual knowledge
"Knowledge" does not imply you know everything about the subject in question, nor does it imply that you see things the way they really are. It simply implies that it sheds some light
on the subject in question, i.e. moves us closer
to an objective understanding of things...