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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:00 PM

 

Ignorance is Bliss...

Discuss among yourselves.

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Reply Ignorance is Bliss... (Original post)
PeeJ52 Apr 2019 OP
Bob Loblaw Apr 2019 #1
mart48 Apr 2019 #2
CaptainTruth Apr 2019 #3
world wide wally Apr 2019 #5
Caliman73 Apr 2019 #4
PeeJ52 Apr 2019 #6

Response to PeeJ52 (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:02 PM

1. If ignorance isn't bliss

I don't know what is.

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Response to PeeJ52 (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:12 PM

2. If ignorance is bliss, why isn't the world a happier place?

 

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Response to PeeJ52 (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:22 PM

3. If ignorance was bliss, Trump supporters would be the happiest people in the world.

Yet they're filled with hate.

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:36 PM

5. That is what makes them happy

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Response to PeeJ52 (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:29 PM

4. I prefer to discuss it in cognitive science terms.

Ignorance is often times are correlated with a paradoxically higher sense of efficacy. In lay terminology, the less you know and understand, often the more sure of yourself you are. People who are intelligent and who actively seek knowledge will often find themselves feeling that the more they learn, the less they know anything for certain.

Knowledge also burdens the learner with what actions to take about the knowledge they have gained, especially if that knowledge is about injustices occurring and especially if those injustices are systemic and chronic.

People who are unaware of the systemic nature and complexities of unjust systems (ignorant) tend to be more confident in their anecdotal and incomplete assessments and attributions.

I have to say however, that while knowledge can be a burden, it can also be freeing, and while ignorance is correlated with greater self-assurance, as another person who responded said, Trump supporters who appear to be filled with fear and rage, tend to contradict the idea that ignorance is bliss.

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Response to Caliman73 (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:38 PM

6. I never thought of it that way before... n/t

 

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