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What is Agnosticism?

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What is Agnosticism?

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Agnostic seems to be a very general term. What is everyone's take on it?
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Well, the term breaks down into "a-", which is a prefix implying negation, and "gnosis", which is presumably the knowledge of a thing based on direct experience of its true nature. Agnosticism is essentially the denial that anyone knows a thing directly. The implication is that we can only know things indirectly by virtue of the five physical senses -- audio, aural, tactile, olfactory and... um... taste. (What is the fancy term for taste, anyway? Is it gustatory?) My memory might be failing me hear, but I think agnosticism was given its modern coinage by Thomas Huxley, a prominent popularizer (and moralizer) of Darwinian evolutionary theory. The term is most often applied to the questions of a spiritual nature -- to "remain agnostic" on an issue of spirit typically means to disavow any decisive knowledge as to its existence because the given subject is, often by definition, unknowable by means of the senses.Is that a pretty accurate summation?
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The way I understand the term, yes that is accurate.Later
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