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#1 1 year ago

that there's such an amazing amount of knowledge and information that you'll never have?  And the more you learn the more and more you realize just how much you'll never know and you can never come close.......


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#2 1 year ago

Yes, but the same could get said for anyone.

And if you knew all the answers you'd have nothing left to live for.


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#3 1 year ago

I know.  And Socrates definition of education is knowing that you know nothing.  But I gave it some thought and I think I may have come to understand what my dilemma may be.  Once you become aware of this fact, there are several ways to proceed.  One of which is to collect as much information with the goal of obtaining as much knowledge as possible.  The problem with this is the old saying, "The more in depth you go into a field, the more and more you know about less and less."  I mean, I say that's a problem, but that is what expertise is.  Another way (which I seem to have chosen) is to focus on what is worth knowing, but since there is no true, objective form of knowledge that is worth knowing - with the possible exception of ways of knowing - then the problem becomes what is worth knowing to me?  

At that point, life becomes a series of opportunity costs and using deductive reasoning and experience to evaluate which things you can do without and which ones you can't.  For instance, I personally cannot do without music, comedy, and philosophy, just to name a few for now.  I will have more to say on this later, but I feel like I'm making some progress ^_^


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#4 1 year ago

There's an effect called the Dunning-Kruger effect, that basically states that the dumber you are, the smarter you think you are. It works in reverse too.




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#5 1 year ago

John Cleese explained it best. (Look at 3:34.)


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#6 1 year ago
"Mr. Matt"There's an effect called the Dunning-Kruger effect, that basically states that the dumber you are, the smarter you think you are. It works in reverse too.

So am I smart for feeling dumb all too often or dumb because I am considering I may be smart?




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#7 1 year ago

It is pretty hard to be objective about your own intelligence. And it is pretty easy to write yourself rather high on the intelligence scale in the US simply because you try to use your brain whereas most others don't, and it shows. 




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#8 1 year ago

Eh, becoming omniscient was never high on my list of goals. There are things I know without that power that I at least somewhat wish I didn't. Some secrets you can't really do anything with, they're just... things you have to live with knowing :uhm: