- Christopher Sean Thomas
- Jacksonville, FL
- United States
Technical Support Specialist, Daytona State College
How do we know what we know, and how should we? My ultimate question, and hopefully the right forum for answers.
I am not sure what really brings TED together, but I am starting to wonder if it is to a degree an embodiment of this question, so who better to ask than the people who make up ted.
This question has been present in my mind for a long time now, I have considered writing a book on it, and in the end it just appeared to be rants because I really do not know the answer.
I just watched "Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to" brings this question back to the for-front of my mind with such strength I wonder if it really ever truly became less of a focus of my life. I ask people who walk around proclaiming what they know, what makes them think they KNOW what it is they are telling me or everyone else. I go to college with students who may have never experienced life because they went straight to college, but who are convinced they know more than some of their instructors, while they claim other instructors have some secret knowledge that trumps all other knowledge.
I would think that educators would embody the answer more than anyone else, but the ones who seem the most intelligent and likely to have the answer are the same ones who question the very words that make them seem more wise than others. They don't know either. They aren't sure.
So.. if you can, watch the ted talk, although the comments aren't overwhelmingly positive, she poses the question I ask more as a statement, but articulates it much more clearly.
The video and this are the base of this debate: Our world is made of simple things, and we are the ones who try to make sense of those things with complex answers, most of which add up. So much complexity exists that specialization is needed till we have experts we look to for answers.. I believe it is because we have so many simple answers we no longer question that these paradigms exist for as long as they do, because someone who doesn't know better didn't ask the question experts are far too past to see.
How do we know what we know? Really.