What makes “real” knowledge different from “false” knowledge?
A distinction must be made before you go after it, but ultimately the question does not matter.
Quite literally, the question does not “matter”, as the spiritual entertainer Alan Watts would cleverly state.
The word “matter” in the English language comes from the Latin word materia which, as I’m sure is easy enough to guess, means “material”. This word is a derivation of the Latin word for “mother” which is mater, which in turn can trace its root to the Sanskrit mata and which Sanskrit, and a majority of European, Levantine, and South Asian languages can trace back to the original Proto-Indo-European stem.
It is fascinating how many words we have now are derivation from this one root. There is of course matrix, matriculation, mark, and surely enough, mature, and a host of others.
Any esoteric and mystical rationalizations as to the connection between discrete quantity and the “eternal feminine” will not be the subject here, but rather the simple use of language.
Asking if something “matters” is asking does something “measure up”?
Does it have form and substance?
What is the gravity of the situation?
Knowledge, even though it might not “measure up” or hold weight and gravity, that might not mean that it doesn’t exist.
The quantum mechanists showed the breakdown of classical physics in that observable phenomena cannot be described in terms of only particles or only energy in wave form, but characteristics of both.
This could possibly be the situation between “knowledge” and “reality”, where the reality is the concrete thing that can be experienced; the “matter”, yet knowledge is the thing that is “there” but elusive.
Knowledge is the energy in this circumstance. Even the questions of “real” and “false” reality breakdown. There might only a difference between the various knowledges that we have secularly in society, such as that which is gained through our branch subjects and disciplines like that of science, and a more subtler form of knowledge that we have as living individuals. The knowledge of existence, but not actually “knowing” it as relating it with something else.
It is like the old saying that I know what it is, but when you ask me, I can’t articulate it.
The only way might be to just feel it.