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But how does one fight ignorance? By learning. One must be receptive to learn.
I think a lot of people go through life on auto pilot, never fully opening them selves.
I agree to an extent. But do we really need to light our selves on fire to believe that heat plus fuel plus o2 equals fire?
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Certainly there are things we must question but at some level we must accept the knowledge that others have shared with us in order to learn things that are beyond an individual's personal reach. Otherwise we'll deny anything that we don't have a personal experience with.
That's the beauty of the human species. One generation can learn many things and allow the next generation to benefit from it. Then that generation uses that knowledge to build on to create more knowledge.edit on 9/12/2013 by usertwelve because: (no reason given)
"The map is not the territory", this quote comes from Alfred Korzybski, who invented General Semantics, and with this quote he was trying to illustrate how we use words and how they can quickly become illusions. The map is not the territory that it is meant to represent, just like words are not the things that they are meant to represent. Whatever you say about something, it is always wrong or incomplete. Furthermore, you would need a "map of the map", just like you would need to understand and to know the person's experiences to really understand his words.
I not sure what schools you have experience with and my grade school teachers were generally flakes and idiots, true. A couple stand out as great but out of how many? lol...
At college though? I've not had your experience. My Geography instructor last year works archaeology sites every year and did her best to talk me into volunteering on two dig sites over the summer. My Anthropology instructor this semester is out in Israel every summer on dig sites there. Her specialty is marine (underwater) anthropology and so she's usually at a site on the coast or harbor, as she's shared.
I'd say the requirement for people teaching, especially in higher education, to have been in the field they are teaching, is a major and important one. Perhaps more effort should be made ..but then, again, the school I'm attending won't allow anyone to instruct a course they don't have an degree in if it's above 100 level. I guess it varies from place to place.
As an individual, it is entirely possible, using 100% of our brain, that we could comprehensively comprehend every subject of specialization that is available to us, and still not be completely exhausted of brain power.