h3>”The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
— Stephen Hawking
Save me from surety. It is so easy to ‘know’ things. We decide that the universe is a given way and immediately it conforms to our view. Anyone who thinks differently is either foolishly wrong or mendaciously evil. Very little will happen in contradiction to our world view that we cannot explain away or ignore until it goes away. When contradictions arise that are too difficult to explain or ignore, we can distract by pointing out what someone else is doing wrong. If we cannot see any evident wrong-doing, we can invent it and add it to our body of knowledge. We can become so busy pointing out wrongdoers that soon we will never have to explain anything and our ‘knowledge’ of the universe will remain pristine.
At least during my more cynical times, that is how the world appears.
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