What interests us most

childwithblocksWe start out in life knowing very little. As we learn, we come to know more. After a while, we realize that the more we know, the more things there are that we don’t know.

What interests us most isn’t the stuff we already know, and it’s not the stuff we know nothing about. It’s the stuff at the boundaries of our knowledge. It’s the stuff we know we don’t know.

I’ve created a handy graphic to explain what I mean:


If the stuff I know I don’t know is the same stuff that you know you don’t know, then I think we could get along very well together. And if you know some stuff that I don’t know, please do tell me about it.

10 responses to “What interests us most

  1. You got some good stuff going on here. I know!

  2. Always looking forward to your posts- you do think rather a lot don’t you.

  3. Well said! Sharing and receiving knowledge is one of the greatest joys in life. I want to learn about lighthouses, so if it is part of the stuff anyone reading knows which could add to the scanty stuff I know (or if they could point me in the direction of stuff to be gleaned) it would be much appreciated!

  4. What a great idea! Love it : )

  5. Please forgive me if bother you, but that makes any sense…
    What we know is that the speed of light is always constant for any observer… we also suppose that space affects (indirect) the fate of the light… only whether it is the whole truth about fate of the photon.
    What we do not know is that even then* the inside of a quasar live very advanced civilization, which launched almost at the speed of light the huge fireball in the direction of our future birth (the earth).
    *(when the universe was two billion years)

    • I think that the inside of a quasar would be an extremely inhospitable environment for life because of the inability of stable atoms to form under these conditions. It’s hard to imagine any kind of permanent structure surviving even at a microscopic scale.

      But what if a huge fireball is heading our way? Well, yeah, that would be a problem. We’d need to start colonizing other star systems in order to survive. That would be a smart move anyway.


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