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Thursday, September 5, 2019

On the Problem of Knowledge

An easy availability of knowledge, instead of leading to an improvement in the quality of human mind, can lead to its deterioration.

The modern man has access to more knowledge than all the past generations put together. But this knowledge is not making the modern mind better than the mind of those who lived 2000 to 2500 years ago, when the first major advances in philosophy, politics, art, and science were made. Most modern men have little conception of the knowledge that lies within their easy reach and they have no desire to access it.

An easy availability of knowledge breeds complacency and contempt towards intellectual activity. People don’t want to invest their time in learning anything that is easily available.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I didn't think of it from that perspective. A lot does fall into place though. Also the sheer amount of available knowledge, most of it at odds with each other in various disciplines, overwhelms. The contempt you mentioned could lead people to embrace the false perception that Rousseau and his like advocated, the simplicity of nature. Modernization kept from corrupting the soul. We always choose extremes to tackle problems
Easy access has led to Google graduates in abundance. It's great if you believe critical thinking is superfluous
Hermione

Anoop Verma said...

@ Hermione, You are right. This is a complicated problem -- how to disseminate knowledge without making knowledge to easy to get that people start having contempt for it? After all, it is possible for a man to have lot of information without having any wisdom.