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research and the illusion of knowledge
September 20, 2010, 12:51 pm
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Some of the hardest things I ever learned to say are “I don’t know” and “I don’t understand”. As a maker upperer I can fill in a lot of gaps- and my dad-fact-ability is pretty frickin’ high. What this means that I can  have blind spots.

It’s a constant battle to cut that shit out.

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking

I also like this one:

Walk in stupid Wiedenisms: rules we live by

In both work and play, for your own good, ask questions. Don’t pretend you have to know.


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Not to mention the fact that we live in a culture of “knowing” … interestingly enough, admitting your lack of knowledge actually shows depth. It doesn’t mean you don’t understand – but that you are trying to solve the problem in front of you.

Love the image!

Comment by Gavin Heaton

My lack of knowledge is very deep indeed.

Oh- and that image is a link- click through to more awesomeness……

Comment by katiechatfield

The thing is: being in a profession is all about “knowledge”. And the game between professional & client is “you know stuff. Here is some money. tell me what to do”, “yes, that’s right, I know stuff, i will take the money and tell you what to do”.

The flipside of the professional admitting they do not know is the client taking responsibility for part of the process. This can be discomforting for both parties because it means playing a new game.

Comment by Matt Moore

For sure. There is tacit agreement of knowledge in a lot relationships.

And it works up to a point.

But for me both personally and professionally there’s really exiting gains to be had in the space after you articulate ‘What’s going on here? Let’s find out.’

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