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Ignorance is Powerful

Ignorance is more powerful than knowledge. Don’t believe me? Look around you. Which force is shaping the world around YOU?


  1. Stefan Juhl wrote:

    yeah yeah, whatever…


    Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Permalink
  2. Richard wrote:

    Nice theory, but not thought through. Ignorance is relative. 20 years, 30 years ago we didn’t know much about climate change. Now we do. Now we know that our ‘leaders’ are ‘ignorant’ for not doing enough. But 20, 20 years ago we’d have been amazed that one day they’d be doing so ‘much’ (talking to each other, starting to take it seriously).

    Ignorance is relative not only in time but across knowledge areas, or ‘space’. It seems that the technology of the spammers is ruining it for everyone – the ‘ignorant’ without a social conscience who prey on the weak and other ‘ignorants’. Yet these spammers are often highly skilled people, so do we just choose an aspect that we call ‘ignorance’ to focus on?

    What’s shaping the world around me? A growing well of knowledge and insight, driven by real people, and at the bleeding edge of that knowledge and insight are the ‘ignorant’ trying to twist and turn it to their own ends. They’re not shaping the world, they’re tweaking it at the edges.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Permalink
  3. john andrews wrote:

    I can’t agree with you, Richard, although that should not be a big surprise given the topic (!)

    Climate change? I read that one volcanic eruption a few years ago reversed 100 years of “global warming”, when it injected pollution into the stratosphere. We’re not doing enough? I read that recent years of cleaner inner atmosphere (largely due to successful pollution controls) has accelerated global warming. Not that clean air is a bad thing, but clearly our “scientists” are still largely ignorant.

    Then again, it is really my position that scientists are not in charge of our science.. politicians are.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
  4. In some way I agree with you. But on the other I personally think that it is not ignorance that shapes the world around us but rahter a more egoistic behavior. What do you think? Ok, when you see egoistic behavior in this context is equal to ignorance than you are right, otherwise you have to seperate.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 3:39 am | Permalink
  5. Socrates would have said no one knows anything of importance

    Friday, December 4, 2009 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  6. Ignorance is the behavior of interpersonal skills, associated with intentional lack of will to respect other or not aware action, due to lack of knowledge. so i think that: no knowledge makes ignorance. But don’t think it’s more powerful.

    Monday, December 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Permalink
  7. wrote:

    Outnumbers us, that’s for sure.

    BTW, try the movie Idiocracy.

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 1:11 am | Permalink
  8. Filme Gucken wrote:

    Hey John
    Unfortunately, I have to agree to this statement. At least in Germany it today is like that in those days.
    I even do not really feel good about my son growing up in those days, where the youth is completely respectless, start taking drugs with 10, etc……..
    In the last ten years, in my country, became not good at all.
    Very sad statement you make, but today it is becoming the truth more and more :-(

    Friday, December 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
  9. Pferdefutter wrote:

    People learn as long as he lives and dies but ignorant!

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  10. Ignorance is Power means that as long as you believe what you are told, the state has the power to justify whatever it wants. Example: in 1998, Clinton ordered tomahawk missles to be fired at a Sudanese Pharmaceutical plant. His rationale was that it was being used to construct bio-weapons. Six months later, the government quietly admitted that it had no conclusive evidence of this.

    Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink