a) We aren’t aware we are making those assumptions.
b) We don’t test them against our experience, observation, intuition and logic.
c) We don’t suspend or revise them when confronted with contrary evidence.
d) We aren’t vigilant and skeptical regarding our own certainties (i.e. we don’t hold our assumptions lightly)
All efforts at knowing are predicated upon certain assumptions — even if the assumption is that using a particular method, or symbolic language, or type of data, or quality of consciousness will ensure a high degree of validity. It may be that those assumptions are consistently proven — over and over again — by careful testing, and that they reliably enhance our predictive efficacy. But most proposed absolutes are either extremely difficult to prove, unknowable, or ineffable — because human perception-cognition is fallible. So really, asserting that “everything is based on human assumptions” is just a form of humility.
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