„The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, specific, and articulate will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance.“
Variant translation: The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, clear, and well-defined will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance. The main source of our ignorance lies in the fact that our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.
Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1963)
Context: The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, specific, and articulate will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance. For this, indeed, is the main source of our ignorance — the fact that our knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.
„Whatever we know about society, or indeed about the world in which we live, we know through the mass media. This is true not only of our knowledge of society but also of our knowledge of nature.“
— Niklas Luhmann German sociologist, administration expert, and social systems theorist 1927 - 1998
Source: The reality of the Mass Media (2000), p. 1.
Source: The A.B.C. Murders
„We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.“
— John Archibald Wheeler American physicist 1911 - 2008
Scientific American (1992), Vol. 267.
„[M]any people would accept that we do not really have knowledge of the world; we have knowledge only of our representations of the world. Yet we seem condemned by our consitution to treat these representations as if they were the world, for our everyday experience feels as if it were of a given and immediate world.“
— Francisco Varela Chilean biologist 1946 - 2001
Source: The Embodied Mind (1991), p. 142
„In mysteries what we know, and our realization of what we do not know, proceed together; the larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.“
Part of this quote may actually be by Ralph Washington Sockman.
The World's Religions (1991)
Source: Beyond the Post-Modern Mind: The Place of Meaning in a Global Civilization
Context: In mysteries what we know, and our realization of what we do not know, proceed together; the larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. It is like the quantum world, where the more we understand its formalism, the stranger that world becomes.
Vol. 2, Ch. 1, § 1
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Counsels and Maxims
„We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
Source: You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
„I have always fiercely defended the position that we should base our view of the world on the state of our knowledge, on fact, and not on what we would like it to be.“
— James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928
To question genetic intelligence is not racism (2007)
Context: Science is no stranger to controversy. The pursuit of discovery, of knowledge, is often uncomfortable and disconcerting. I have never been one to shy away from stating what I believe to be the truth, however difficult it might prove to be. This has, at times, got me in hot water.
Rarely more so than right now, where I find myself at the centre of a storm of criticism. I can understand much of this reaction. For if I said what I was quoted as saying, then I can only admit that I am bewildered by it. To those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief.
I have always fiercely defended the position that we should base our view of the world on the state of our knowledge, on fact, and not on what we would like it to be. This is why genetics is so important. For it will lead us to answers to many of the big and difficult questions that have troubled people for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
But those answers may not be easy, for, as I know all too well, genetics can be cruel. My own son may be one of its victims. Warm and perceptive at the age of 37, Rufus cannot lead an independent life because of schizophrenia, lacking the ability to engage in day-to-day activities.
„We will likely also find that the nature of the problem to be solved will be a principal determinant of the mix. With our growing understanding of the organization of judgmental and intuitive processes, of the specific knowledge that of the specific knowledge that is required to perform particular judgmental tasks, and of the cues that evoke such knowledge in situations in which it is relevant, we have a powerful new tool for improving expert judgment. We can specify the knowledge and the recognition capabilities that experts in a domain need to acquire, and use these specifications for designing appropriate learning procedures.“
Source: 1940s-1950s, Administrative Behavior, 1947, p. 137.
„Probability is not a mere computation of odds on the dice or more complicated variants; it is the acceptance of the lack of certainty in our knowledge and the development of methods for dealing with our ignorance.“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
Source: Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
— Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822
Calderón, “Scenes from the <i>Magico Prodigioso</i>” fourth speech of Cyprian, as translated by Shelley, found in The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Scott, William B, ed. https://archive.org/details/poeticalworksofp1934shel/page/577
„We should learn from the mistakes and experiences of others, particularly from those less knowledgable than we are. If our experiences are not grounded in reality, our decisions can never be correct.“
— Amitabh Bachchan Indian actor 1942
Source: Soul Curry for You and Me: An Empowering Philosophy that Can Enrich Your Life, P. 27.
— Ian Hacking Canadian philosopher 1936
Source: The Emergence Of Probability, 1975, Chapter 14, Equipossibility, p. 132.
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1962, Rice University speech
„Anyone who can't learn from other people's mistakes simply can't learn, and that; s all there is to it. There is value in the wrong way of doing things. The knowledge gained from errors contributes to our knowledge base.“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
Source: Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence
— Muhammad al-Mahdi 12th and last Imam in Twelver Shia Islam 869 - 941
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.53, p. 151
„We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.“
— Omar Bradley United States Army field commander during World War II 1893 - 1981
Armistice Day speech (11 November 1948), published in Omar Bradley's Collected Writings, Volume 1 (1967)