My favorite quote of the week: about knowledge

We no longer have a coherent conception of ourselves, and our universe, and our relation to one another and our world. We no longer know, as the Middle Ages did, where we come from, and where we are going, or why. That is, we don’t know what information is relevant, and what information is irrelevant to our lives.

Knowing more means knowing less ? People in the Middles Ages got clear answers to their questions – but not because they knew more than we do today, it was more because their knowledge has been more limited. Less open questions, more answers. Even their answers might have been wrong or at least incomplete.

Whenever one tries to increase his knowledge he better should be prepared to encounter more new questions than answers to old questions. Knowledge is exploding, our horizon is moving away from us, we start grasping that we actually don’t know a lot. We know that we know nothing. Who said that ? Right, Goethe’s Faust.


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