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Will we ever know enough?

The accumulation of knowledge defines us as human. Each epoch adds a new layer of knowledge. It builds on the thoughts of past generations. The proliferation of knowledge does not have a direction, a finite capacity, or a definitive goal, . It simply exists in context to itself.

In essence knowledge is only limited by our imagination. In the entire history of knowledge we have never had the ability to find immutable truths. Yet it continues to accumulate.

Is there some point when we should cease to accumulate knowledge and simply live our lives by deepening the understanding of the knowledge we possess?

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  • May 11 2013: I appreciate your comment Uniquea. I think there's natural change, and then there's the illusion of change mediated by commerce. The latter often creates a feeling of deficiency prior to introducing the new product or service. The computer industry has reduced this to a science. What we lack is placed behind the decimal point in a version update. Do we really require the update? The urgency and persistence of their message certainly would suggest we're on the verge of complete obsolescence. (did you know some companies have the new and improved version of their product prior to releasing the original version...but they wait for sales to dip before they introduce it.)

    Is all knowledge pertinent to a happy life? In the new world of instant information (knowledge) how do we decide what's important? Where do we focus our energies? If all the answers are fed to us in digestible bytes will thought be supplanted by instant rhetoric?

    To state it as allegory; Each morning I check the weather. The knowledge I acquire from several sources informs me of various possible outcomes. Yes, the information I attain is close to the same...but it does vary slightly. Each source is an authority. I then use this knowledge to decide how to prepare for the day(an extra layer of clothing, an umbrella, etc.). I walk out the door and the reality of the weather immediately confronts me, and I adjust accordingly. As the day progresses I compare the prediction (knowledge) to the reality. Sometimes they get it right and other times I wish I hadn't wore shorts.

    Now if you consider the virulent nature of knowledge and the amount we must absorb in a day…from the information about your cousin's parking ticket posted on Facebook to the debate regarding the potential discovery of the Higgs boson. How do we decide what is connected to a reality that truly has meaning in our lives?

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