When The Pursuit Of Knowledge Becomes Dangerous

By Kyle DeLuca - Millennial Milk & The Pseudoitalian

Absolutely no one can know everything, it just isn’t possible, and yet we all keep trying to know it all. But why do we keep trying?

There are many factors into the equation actually. Let’s start with the ever-growing popularity of Science, in all its forms. In my own experience, science has unwittingly become the newest religion, though most would not admit that fact. The reason I say this is due to the overwhelming number of studies and research that are accepted without even the slightest question or challenge. Here’s why this is not a good thing:

  1. Studies come out each year, often disproving the previous ones
  2. Even veteran scientists have bias which inevitably affects their work
  3. Technology is limited in its scope, in spite of its rapid evolution

When we believe we know something fully and completely, we’re pretty much destined to miss the supplementary facts that fill in the gaps of our existing knowledge. Renowned learning expert explains that the first step to learning is actually one that’s entirely counter-intuitive and that’s to forget. By this, he means we must intentionally empty our mind of its current knowledge in order to allow the new information to be fully absorbed. Only then can all the information be fully integrated with one’s own mind.

Finally, but possibly the most detrimental of trying to know it all, is what you end up being closed off to. What happens is by constantly seeking for further proof of your own knowledge, it’s extremely likely that you won’t even give people who hold an opposing viewpoint any mind at all. Not only does this force you to miss out on different worlds from your own, but also limits your own mental flexibility in general.

Tell me, was there ever a time in your life when you missed out because you were trying to know it all?