Ignorance Is Better than Negative Thinking

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Is ignorance better than negative thinking and semi-knowledge? The mini presentation argues it is.

Is ignorance better than negative thinking and semi-knowledge? The mini presentation argues it is.

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  • David Navarro,

    I think slideshare should be grateful to have a bright thinker like you are.
    Your comment is solid, penetratrating and calls for many discussions.
    Let me start with writing a small 'minii' presentation. I do that to allow for comments before writing the full presentation. This way the presentation allows for the addition of comments gradually and that may opens new new ideas, This is the case as with your comment.
    Your nautilus metaphor is a great one. It reminds me of my two eyes metaphor. One eye is short-sighted whereas the other is long-sighted. I focus on the short-sighted one when I need on short-term issues and the other eye to focus on distant issues. To see a whale coming is knowledge enough. Nautilus does not need to know if it is male or female. If it does not act, will be eaten anyway. Exactly, this is irrelevant knowledge at the moment, but may be relevant later for other issues.
    We shall never know everything and if this imposes negative thinking then we are in trouble. On the contrary if we think that we shall explore new worlds if wee seek to know then possibilities open up. So, little knowledge may lead us astray or push us to go beyond our limits to know more.
    David, I like your statement in which you wrote 'To reject what is wrong does not need to be necessarily to have negative thinking'. I don't classify this as negative thinking; rather as positive one. The negative of the negative gives positive and this this most welcome thinking.
    A little child playing his iPad doesn't know and doesn't care if the iPad is he or she; the child seeks fun and in the process he/she knows.
    Again, thanks David for stirring many great points.
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  • Dear Ali: Thank you for your always challenging presentations
    Even if this one is surprisingly short, it opens a very long debate, and this is one of the skills i admire from you the most.
    It is very complicated to compare two things which have big difference on dimension. While ignorance has no limits, negative thinking is an absolute value. When making comparisons, both sides of the equation need to be analyzed separately. Ignorance has the peculiarity to have the need to be compared to something else, to another level, to be labelled as ignorance.
    Nevertheless, I could agree that ignorance is a better option, if knowing things are hindering someone to be positive. In a funny tune, I like to remember a scene of Mr Bean. A tank drives through his little car, squeezing it like a fly in a windshield, and his first reaction after the shock, is smiling because he could pick up a part to be useful for another purpose.
    1 Bad things happen in the world, and
    2 will continue to happen, while an individual can not change the way the world has ruled ever since.
    To avoid negative thinking, you need to ignore both points or none.
    Sometimes is inevitable to see things happening in your surroundings. Then, you can either try to know the reasons behind, or close your eyes.
    The ultimate truth of the humankind is far behind the possibilities of an individual. Like in my presentation of the nautilus, point of view similar to a pinhole camera is very useful. One can see with very high definition what is immediately close, and should be really concerned about what is happening in the immediate surroundings, while having a non complete image, just a rough idea of what is far away is important to avoid major threats coming, and be ready to act. To see a whale coming is knowledge enough. Nautilus does not need to know if it is male or female. If it does not act, will be eaten anyway
    Many big man and woman have given their lives along the history for avoiding people remain in ignorance. To choose absolute ignorance would be an insult to them, I believe.
    In a conflict like the one in Gaza, it is no important to know who is right. Both are wrong, as life is sacred. To reject what is wrong does not need to be necessarily to have negative thinking.
    If you get burned with a smoothing iron it would not be negative thinking to be careful next time, or testing first if it is hot.
    So maybe the equation ignorance vs negative thinking needs a review, as nobody can stand up to ensure having total or absolute knowledge, out of fundamental values/non-values like altruism vs greed, or love vs hate, all of them inherent on humankind genetics.
    As previously said, ignorance or semi-knowledge are both inevitable in some way, and at the same time, bad options if they hinder you to keep trying to be constructive after all, no matter what you see.
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  • Dear Juao,
    Just imagine a person who doesn't know and he/she thinks he/she know. I call this Compounded Ignorance.
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  • Dear Ali,
    Some people say that ignorance is bliss and now and then I ask to myself if knowledge is blessing or curse. Actually, I'm inclined to agree with what Oscar Wilde said: 'The supreme vice is shallowness'
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  • Roman,
    In your last comment you wrote 'trail on one issue or tool develops skill on other tools :-) but as well one can share fun while ignoring impossibilities'.

    This is reflective of what I aimed for. I couldn't agree more with this comment.
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  • 1. Ali Anani, PhD I watched a girl playing her ipad The girl didn’t know how the ipad works, but surely know the fun it extends to her. If the girl troubled herself trying to find how the tool works, her ignorance would stop her learning while having fun. Negative attitudes paralyze us from advancing.Likewise; “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.” Mary Kay AshDo we need to have a different perspective to learning? Ignorance is better than negative thinking
  • 2. Do it with fun and not logic only! Enjoy it, love it and then think about it. This way Desirability comes first. Performance is dependent on desirability and ability. Fun creates desirability, which in turn assists in building ability. Fun allows room for imagination and, boundless one too. A mi right to say that imagination is like country borders whose length can’t be measures because it depends on the accuracy of the measuring tool. The more accurate the tool is, the longer the border is. Is ignorance better than negative thinking or semi-knowledge?