Evolutionary epistemology is a theory of knowledge based upon the survival of effective evolving "representations". Like recombinant DNA, representations break up and recombine to form other units of representation. The use of representations effectively "tests" them, and those that "work", "survive". This general process can work in individual brains, as well as in the body of knowledge held by a group, culture, etc..
What we know are our representations.
How we know is by trial and error, error reducing the credibility of representations, lack of error increasing the credibility. Representations also multiply by a process of variation. Representations with very high credibility can be called values or laws. Representations with low credibility can be called false, wrong, obsolete, extinct, etc..
Representations are used for the purposes of performing indications, taking actions, and organizing representations.
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