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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
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Is knowledge a bad thing?
Is there something wrong with knowing everything?

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iceraver From: iceraver Date: February 27th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
If you were to know everything, what would you learn then? Life is a learning experience. If you know everything, you may as well be dead, because you can no longer grow.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 27th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it really a learning experience, or do we each give it our own meaning?

Growth is not dependant solely on knowing things, but also understanding them. The have the world's knowledge and information instantly at hand is not the same as understanding it all.
From: tearysky Date: February 27th, 2005 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Possession of knowledge and comprehension of knowledge are two separate things.
scixual From: scixual Date: February 27th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I would say not -- but it's impossible.

Striving to learn as much as you can is as good a goal as any, and I would prefer it to studied ignorance.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 15th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
(This is a long-delayed comment, as I've been putting off a lot of things. You're under no obligation to reply)

I wish people wouldn't say something is impossible. A lot of self-help things tell you not to say "I can't." I consider "It's impossible" to be one of those things we say to dismiss an idea or thought as worthless. In reality, the impossible is simply the improbable.

I know some people think it's impossible to stop light, only slowed, bent, refracted, etc, but recently a group of researchers at Harvard froze light.

But yes, I agree with striving to learn as much as you can, especially instead of ignorance. Knowledge is power, and ignorance is only a lack of knowing you're under someone else's thumb (so to speak).

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scixual From: scixual Date: April 15th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Preachin' to the choir, my man.

"Knowing everything" is a special case, though. It's a goal to strive for, not a destination to be reached. If you think otherwise, you'll be frustrated and unable to enjoy the journey.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 15th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a goal to strive for
I'll definately keep that in mind, although not so much the other part. It doesn't have to be declared that it isn't a declaration because it simply is. No beginning, no end.

That reminds of the arguement of how the world has to have a beginning, and if it began it has to end. I just want to say because it begins doesn't mean it ends, vice versa, or neither a beginning or a end.

The things I'm keeping in mind are words to uplift and lighten the journey.
scixual From: scixual Date: April 15th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Careful, you're moving into Zen territory.

It's a nice place. You may want to stay.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 15th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
*assumes the position* hummmm.... ;)
From: tearysky Date: February 27th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think there is something wrong with it, I just think it is impossible to accomplish. If, however, we assume it would be possible, I think it would be extremely boring to know everything.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 15th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
(This is a long-delayed comment, as I've been putting off a lot of things. You're under no obligation to reply)

Even if one were to know everything, that doesn't mean they would remember everything all the time. How many times can you watch your favorite movie without getting bored? Even when you do get bored of it, you can take a break and come back to it later to enjoy it a-fresh. Expanding on that thought, one can walk through time and knowledge thousands of times without ever getting 'bored'. Maybe in a few 'forevers' they might, but forever is a long time even humans have trouble encompassing (which brings us to the alternative of thinking 'forever' is flowers and light with religion compared to the fear of the unknown, but that's a different topic).
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