Most things we know are right there before us. We know it in the immediate sense, or you can say, in the moment. In addition to that kind of knowledge there is the claim that there is something else to know beyond the immediate. This claim is usually made in the universities, but many things do not work that way. If we look at how many things work we see that what we know right away, up front, without getting into any problems or having any worries or doubts, it is quite a lot of our total experienced cognition as humans. So, the idea still comes up, when it comes up, that there is a further, or a deeper, level. Why not? Additional knowledge is possible beyond the things we know in the moment, beyond what we know in the immediate sense. But all of it is still rather far away from seeing “red” while knowing it is “red.” What red “really” is doesn’t matter.
It seems plausible that the higher level, the university knowledge, exists. But explicitly starting through the consideration that much knowledge is just “right there” is a good way to evaluate these additional claims to knowledge to separate them from the immediate level. After all, all the other stuff may be there to create jobs. In a society that relies so much on jobs, there might be the condition where something (like pretense of deep knowing?) could become valued merely for that very reason. This could happen; we are stuck with a society that depends on jobs. If the structure of society depends on jobs, whatever it is that creates jobs eventually becomes considered in a favorable light, regardless of the real knowledge (if any) being encountered or discovered. Thus. the institution of universities might become an end in itself. And consider that the idea of additional knowledge beyond the immediate is essential, for any such job to even exist. What is really going on? What kinds of knowledge come, then, from the institutions of the university?
Are they doing anything aside from showing all of us how well they can spell and use the comma?
In other words, we can say that these jobs produce a kind of smooth speech. Is that all? But what, then, if that is 99.5% of it? Then we could give Einstein and Freud a break, but then we would also be able get on with the job of creating of all those jobs that society needs. Or thinks it needs. How to account for all of “the rest of it”?
How lopsided are social groupings under capitalism? What is the social value of, say – a bad musician? How many heavy metal groups does society really need? These are some questions. Should we have so many T.V. weathermen? Or do you not need one? Or do you need only one for each area? To know which way the wind blows? Every circus needs a clown, but does every T.V. station need a weatherman?
(Obviously I am going over the top, and far exceeding my original concept, ‘a short excerpt.’ Maybe I should have quit while I was ahead. Or, maybe one of my readers can write the next part; your contribution will certainly be valued. If it has any real value, that is to say, outside the immediate?…)