It was seen in the previous chapter that philosophers and sociologists have generally pursued issues concerning information and knowledge in the context of a quest for ‘the truth’ about an external world, a world beyond human minds. This approach was seen as deriving from ecclesiastical tradition in which truth was very distinctly bound up with the nature of a supernatural being and might be reached through the study of scriptures regarded as deriving from God. Scholars sought the answers to the ‘big question’ of what lay beyond human experience.