I was going through the blog to make sure I hadn’t missed anything vital to my grade (AKA: everything) when I happened upon this little gem of a bellwork for the Senior Seminar. My brain piped in with an emphatic “Hey, this deserves a blogpost!” I’m sure we’re often told to shove that voice down into the depths of the mushy gray stuff that conceives thought, but I decided to lift it up and change it into something more tangible. And now, without further ado, here is my bellwork for Friday, September 21 that I felt a mighty need to share with the interwebs.
What is the difference between learning from experience and taking someone’s word for it?
This is typically seen as a self-explanatory difference, but I’d like to delve into it a bit more. For example: when somebody tells you that there are seven billion people in the world, you believe them because there isn’t really a way for you to fact-check it. When you’re told that the stove is still hot though, your (or at least my) automatic response is “Really? Let me check.” This “check” often proves a dangerous idea, as the checker ends up getting burned by the checkee. Stove, I mean.
I believe that this shows how humanity feels a need to be in control and to be all-knowing, except when they don’t have the exact capacity for the knowledge (i.e. how many stars are in the universe, what the birthrate is for Delaware, etc). In class, we studied the Book of the Dead and how the Egyptian god Thoth wrote it to outline the journey through the Duat. Egyptians apparently felt a need to know everything because of how scary and inexplicable the universe was at the time. Now, we are actually able to answer most questions, but still feel inclined to control our personal knowledge of the heat of home appliances or the tackiness of paint.
Yay for non-sensical braindrains. Questions, comments, and rude remarks are welcome below. ^_^