Friday, 21 June 2013

Don't fear knowledge

I was watching some House M.D. reruns recently and season 2 episode 20 got me thinking.Why do people dislike/fear knowledge so much?

Below is a great quote from this House M.D. episode where he is trying to work out whether a bullet is magnetic. They need to do an MRI on a patient and the patient unfortunately has been shot and has bullet fragments stuck in his head. This is the exchange that occurs when House is debating whether to do an MRI.

Foreman: "Police issued Kevlar vests don't have the ceramic plate insert that would shatter a bullet, they would just catch it. So the bullet shattered on its own, meaning Babyshoes was using .38 caliber hollow points. Which, unfortunately, are ferromagnetic."
House: "It's just so cool that you know that!"


So what do you do when you are presented with new information
a) Do you dismiss the information. As it does not fit with your existing knowledge and scares you.
b) Do you dismiss the information. As you are inferring something bad about a person and so you shut the knowledge out.
c) Do you use this information. Realizing it is making your life easier and dont question it.
d) Do you use this information. But still question the validity and take further steps to find out the truth.

Of these 4 options listed. The only correct option is d). Question what you hear and work out the truth for yourself. There is no reason to fear knowledge. There is no reason to feel you should not question your beliefs. There is no reason to fear questioning figures of authority.

Knowledge is power. Remember what the fictional character said, " Its just so cool that you know that."