“If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?”
― Thomas Henry Huxley
“When you can believe in one stupid thing then all stupid things become available to you.”
— Pradeep Satyaprakash
“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
― T.S. Eliot, The Rock
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell
Marcel Proust wrote:
Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning, but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey.
“It Ain’t What You Don’t Know That Gets You Into Trouble. It’s What You Know for Sure That Just Ain’t So”
-Mark Twain (but probably not)
“Great doubt, great awakening. Little doubt, little awakening. No doubt, no awakening.” -Zen maxim
The Curse of Knowledge
Knowledge vs. Belief
Definitions of Knowledge
Knowledge is “justified, true belief.” – Plato
Knowledge is useful information, by which we mean knowledge that solves a problem.
-Karl Popper (paraphrasing)
Personal vs. Shared Knowledge
Curse of Knowledge
Plato and the Cave
There is probably no topic more relevant today than
What is the relationship between technology and knowledge? Truth?
What kinds of claims are subject to fake news?
Knowledge vs Belief
Problems of knowing