The Fine Art of Not Knowing

The Fine Art of Not Knowing


  1. Hugo 7 years ago

    I’ve never seen or read anything about this matter but I’ve always had something similar in my thoughts
    I call it “The hapiness that lies in ignorance” because when you know, you worry.
    Great post. Thank you

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    admin 7 years ago

    Nassim Taleb writes a lot about this stuff:

    We don’t understand the world as well as we think we do and tend to be fooled by false patterns, mistake luck for skills (the fooled by randomness effect), overestimate knowledge about rare events (Black Swans), as well as human understanding, something that has been getting worse with the increase in complexity. So I am interested in a systematic program of how to live in that opaque world, be less fragile to a certain class of errors (“robustification program”). In other words, while most human thought (particularly since the enlightenment) has focused us on how to turn knowledge into decisions, I focus on how to turn lack of information, lack of understanding, and lack of “knowledge” into decisions –how not to be a “turkey”.The Black Swan (2nd ed.) drew a map of what we don’t understand (an attempt to set a clear and systematic limit to what is both 1) unknown & 2) consequential); ongoing work Antifragility focuses on how to domesticate and exploit the unknown -with simple heuristics and rules of thumb, something ancient Mediterranean cultures –as conveyed by the ancient classical authors — knew rather well.

    Plato also touches on it here:

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