A quick nod to epistemology

March 23, 2014

I saw an interesting post this week (thanks to Paul) that was basically about epistemology. The gist of it was that there are things we know that we know, things we know that we don’t know, and things that we don’t even realize that we don’t know.

All of which, of course, brings to mind Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s saying the same thing.

But it also reminded me of something that Thomas Sowell wrote:

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.

I think Mr. Sowell makes many good points but this is one of the best he’s made. The more I learn, the more I realize how much there is to be learned.

And as I thought about it a bit more, it occurred to me that ‘unknown unknowns’ are what F. A. Hayek was describing in The Fatal Conceit (PDF).

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