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The Subtlety of the Truth

In my considerable experience, those who express the most certainty on a subject, those who speak about it in clearcut terms, probably know the least.

Either that, or they actually do know their shit, but in their estimation, I’m too ignorant to handle the subtlety of their world.

Anyway, the truth has always proven more nuanced than its presentation in school, at church, and on PBS.



  1. Andrew S said,

    May 30, 2009 @ 8:09 am

    I had once read an article doing research on this concept…I can’t remember where I had read about it, but the idea was: people who are incompetent or ignorant about a subject are least able to recognize their incompetence, so they vastly overestimate their abilities and worse off, they can’t even recognize it.

    I worry I fall into that trap sometimes, but if I did, I guess I wouldn’t realize it?

  2. Jonathan said,

    May 30, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    I try to keep that weakness in mind. I hope that my awareness of my fallibility ameliorates it a little. At the very least, I rarely make pronouncements of the absolute truth anymore. Never say never. Always say sometimes. :)

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