Ancient people believed that each time they thought of the dead king he could watch over them and help keep them from errors. They believed that by putting huge pyramids on the landscape that individuals would often be reminded of him. They believed that the "words of the gods" which they used to communicate contained power and meaning. They believed the past, present, and future were all important and their duty included preserving the memory of the king and their beliefs for future generations. They believed that their kings could ascend to heaven where they could live forever as a star.
Now all you need to do is swap "belief" and "knowledge". Everything you believe is held as a model composed of belief and everything they believed was a shared model of reality itself. It's irrelevant to my argument that much of their "knowledge" looks primitive or metaphoric to us because we don't think like they did. When they said "these stones that fly like the fledglings of swallows" each word had only a single meaning so the sentence couldn't be parsed. This is why we can't make heads or tails of the sentences. We know we must assign a meaning to each word as we hear it because this is what we were taught when we were about 1 1/2 years old. This is what we do. It's how we think and is the root of modern language. Everything they believed was rooted in natural science and expressed in metaphysical language. As such everything they believed was actually knowledge within the confines of their axioms and definitions.
Meanwhile you don't really know that a stone can't be induced to grow wings when you read just the proper incantation or maybe give it a shot of 10 CC's of "philosophers stone". Maybe if one flew around in a gizzard long enough it could pick up some tricks and learn them to others. The difference between knowledge and belief isn't so much night and day but apples and oranges. Belief can never be knowledge and knowledge can never be belief. They are distinct and they arise differently. They are expressed differently though this isn't apparent in our confused language.
I'm just running out of ways to say this. Yet this will be snipped and ignored like most of the other posts trying to communicate what is in essence a pretty simple concept; Ancient Language was formatted differently. It reflected a different way to think. It was based on accumulated knowledge rather than belief . It was meant literally and didn't need words for "belief", "thought", or taxonomies. They didn't think they believed and didn't believe they knew. We don't think we know, we know we know. And such it has been for every individual for recorded history.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05-Apr-19 16:18 by cladking.