The Two Noble Pursuits

What is knowledge?

A true, justified belief? A true, justified context-sensitive belief? A minimal prediction error via Bayesian inference? Or something else entirely?

  • If P then not Q.
  • P

What is suffering?

Suffering is the most knowable thing there is. The existence of suffering stands more tenable than even the self. No evil deceiving daemon can cause doubt as to whether suffering exists or not.

There are two noble pursuits in life: The pursuit of the end of suffering and the pursuit of knowledge. All other worthy pursuits are reducible to these two.

Everything that has value or meaning does so because it relates back to the suffering of sentient beings.



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Roger Thisdell

Roger Thisdell


“When there is a centre to the knowing there is dukkha.”