Not all knowledge is the same. Some is more sure than others. Some knowledge can never be shaken. Some depends on what you are told.
- Immediate Knowledge, just your experience with no feedback. A prime example occurs when you were a child, before language. Automatic categorization of your experience by your brain, an inherent neural feature.
- Shapes, smells, movement and actions, sources of pleasure and pain
- Secondary Knowledge, your experience but superior (parent, friends) tells you what your experience means—within the context of your culture
- Assigning words and adding culture concepts—family, responsibility, place in social hierarchy—to immediate knowledge.
- Tertiary Knowledge. The typical academic situation, a teacher lays out a set of initial beliefs and develops the consequences.
- Another person’s experience (media, books, scientific reports) in which you are told how their knowledge fits, explains, and validates your culture.