Naivete is to be introduced to ideas from other people and generally recognize the ideas, but without comprehension. Then, with presumptive trust in the accuracy of whatever one has been trained to presume, one goes about encountering reality….
a reality that includes experiences and information that may directly conflict with certain presumptions- or at least my naive understanding of them
In many cases, my own naivete can be passed to others (or the naivete of others can be passed to me). I mean the specific presumptions, like the Theory of Gravity.
The Theory of Gravity has long been established to be false. It has 2 big isses that I know of. Gravity is real, though, but the old theory ABOUT it is just imprecise.
issue 1: data from space establish that the equation for gravity is WAY off. That is why the theory of “dark matter” was concocted to preserve the unraveling theory of gravity.
issue 2: The “gravitational constant” has been shown to change over time. In other words, “gravity” is a mislabeling of some other attractive force
(as in electrmagnetism)
However, the theory is useful. If someone understands that the theory and equation are imprecise, then they are not naive about it. They can use it with an understanding that it is presumptive.
When one does not yet have the linguistic distinction “presumptiveness,” then one’s entire cognitive processing is “fundamentally naive.”
Naivete is, simply put, unrecognized presumptiveness. No big deal really.