taleb knowledge law
We tend to treat our knowledge as personal property to be protected and defended. It is an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order. – Taleb
from Maria on Taleb writing about Umberto Eco’s antilibrary: https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/24/umberto-eco-antilibrary/
We tend to treat our knowledge as personal property to be protected and defended. It is an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order. So this tendency to offend Eco’s library sensibility by focusing on the known is a human bias that extends to our mental operations. People don’t walk around with anti-résumés telling you what they have not studied or experienced (it’s the job of their competitors to do that), but it would be nice if they did. Just as we need to stand library logic on its head, we will work on standing knowledge itself on its head.
Richard Feynman (@ProfFeynman) tweeted at 11:30 AM – 7 Aug 2019 :
Don’t get frightened by not knowing things. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything. There are many things I don’t know anything about. It doesn’t frighten me. https://t.co/C32KSH9DsY (http://twitter.com/ProfFeynman/status/1159154910912368640?s=17)
“Knowledge, you see, has no uses without purpose, but purpose is what builds enclosing walls.” Frank Herbert, Children of Dune https://t.co/YqHocfVkv6
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/singularityblog/status/1218568381399470080
The illusion held for so long by academics that one can be both free & on a salary is finally crashing.
Worse, something J-P Sartre figured out: you cannot be both free & attached to an institution. Any institution.
A truck driver is freer than any academic.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1275390338073612290
David Weinberger – too big to know – book
intellectual property et al