This chapter explores the ways in which knowledge can be blocked. It points out that fanciful stories about circumstances far removed from those in which we typically make ascriptions of knowledge have to be handled with care. Another way to introduce such “knowledge blocks” is to simply live with the unease and insist that the subject does have knowledge despite there being an initial pull in the opposite direction. If the situation is bizarre enough, this need not be even much of a stretch. In addition, because knowledge stories are thinly described, it is always appropriate to consider what they look like when some of the details are filled in, because once details are added, our reactions to the stories may well be different.
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