I left my officer self introduction field blank in the first edition of EECS Speaks. Yes, I did. I think I was the only one ever in the history who has done it. (correctly me if I am wrong Lady or Chikawawa and those who have been a very long time here).
The moment I knew that I had to write such a thing, I got really really anxious. Because I had thought many many times before, of the question “Who am I?”, and I could not find the answer. By the time that I jammed something out, Rebecca has already printed the EECS Speaks out.
So, just before first general, I sat down in front of that piece of paper and just stared at it. Questions hit me again -
What do I like? Maybe that can tell be a little bit about what kind of person I am? Should I force myself to answer those questions? Why? Why not? Do anyone ever know me better than I do? Yes, I think other people may have a better idea of who I am. How do I know if they do? Should I write a self introduction then? Am I able to write such an introduction? Do I know myself? Or more importantly － Can I know myself?
I can answer none of those questions.
Therefore I started reading : ancient wise man Plato thinks that in order to have knowledge, one must also have Justified True Belief. Each of these terms, in his opinion, are necessary for the existence of knowledge.
Here I will include a famous Gettier’s problem as a counter example to Plato’s philosophy:
First of all, it should be clear that for any proposition P, if S is justified in believing P, and P entails Q, and S deduces Q from P and accepts Q as a result of this deduction, then S is justified in believing Q.
The example goes:
Suppose that Smith and Jones have applied for a certain job. And suppose that Smith has strong evidence for the following conjunctive proposition:
(d) Jones is the man who will get the job, and Jones has ten coins in his pocket.
Smith’s evidence for (d) might be that the president of the company assured him that Jones would in the end be selected, and that he, Smith, had counted the coins in Jones’s pocket ten minutes ago. Proposition (d) entails:
(e) The man who will get the job has ten coins in his pocket.
Let us suppose that Smith sees the entailment from (d) to (e), and accepts (e) on the grounds of (d), for which he has strong evidence. In this case, Smith is clearly justified in believing that (e) is true. But imagine, further, that unknown to Smith, he himself, not Jones, will get the job. And, also, unknown to Smith, he himself has ten coins in his pocket. Proposition (e) is then true, though proposition (d), from which Smith inferred (e), is false. In our example, then, all of the following are true: (i) (e) is true, (ii) Smith believes that (e) is true, and (iii) Smith is justified in believing that (e) is true. But it is equally clear that Smith does not KNOW that (e) is true; for (e) is true in virtue of the number of coins in Smith’s pocket, while Smith does not know how many coins are in Smith’s pocket, and bases his belief in (e) on a count of the coins in Jones’s pocket, whom he falsely believes to be the man who will get the job.
In this example, Smith has justification and belief. Also, (e) is truth. However, that he does not know.
Besides the example above, back to my problem:
What I do in my free time justifies very well for what I like. When I was little I used to say I like dancing and singing. By judging by how much time I really have for them, I lack the justification to say I like them. However, if I were given lots of free time, I would totally do it very often. Is this enough justification that I like dancing and singing?
Questions like how do I know if I am an introvert or extravert? How should I know the truth behind it? For most cases, it is opinions, it is beliefs, it is not truth.
For belief, I have very little faith in anything that is not scientific. And I have not discovered a way to scientifically know myself.
So that is why nothing was written next to my photo on the first edition of EECS Speaks. But instead of giving you a self-introduction, I present this article here. I hope it is a better form of explaining my act, and therefore explaining what a kind of person I am. Even though, I do not know the answer to that question.
However, I think I know two things. One is that I am frank to myself and my friends and that I am a very simple girl who just wants to know.