The true extent of peoples’ knowledge has always been widely debated. How qualified are they? What makes them an expert? Why should you trust what they have to say?
Throughout history, many of humanity’s most influential minds have spoken about wisdom and knowledge, illuminating their personal opinions on expertise. In the Third of our series of ‘Opinions on Knowledge’, we consider more great thinkers from history and their views on knowledge.
“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Confucius
It is crucial to know what you do, and do not know. When an individual becomes self-aware of the limitations of their knowledge, they can identify when they need help and what more they need to learn. This can stop an individual from making an ignorant or ill-advised decision, and keep you constantly open to expanding your knowledge.
“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” – John Naisbitt
In the internet age, we have an excess of information to choose from but how do we know which is the correct information for a situation. However, these facts are not an effective source of knowledge. Knowledge comes from past experience, of actually doing something. This allows an individual to know how to use information effectively and know what realistically does and doesn’t work. We often feel a shortage of true knowledge in the modern world. We should strive to gain and share as much of this knowledge as possible.
“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” – Louis Pasteur
Knowledge should be democratized and available to everyone. When knowledge is shared, it benefits everyone. One party gains a new understanding about the world and advice on how to progress. Whilst, the person imparting the lesson gets to see their knowledge spread and grow. No knowledge should be kept by one person, as it will be lost. As knowledge is shared and spread among more people, more people can utilize this information and make progress for the benefit of the world.
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