The Thursday Thesis - 18/05/2017
“Why Being Sure is Stupid"
The danger isn’t what you don’t know, it’s what you DO know that imperils you.
These are some of the wisest words I’ve ever read.
It means that being absolutely sure of what you know is a very dangerous position to find yourself in.
The Scientific Method is the dominant theory we use to try to understand our world and what happens in, on and around us. Yet science presents no facts and makes no claim to absolute certainty, because that is not what science is for.
That’s why ideas in science are called Theories, rather than facts. Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity isn’t called the Fact of Special Relativity.
After all: it’s just a theory.
And when all is said and done, theories are only the currently accepted explanations we have for phenomena. All theories are there to be attacked, tested, torn down and replaced with something better.
That’s why it is what you DO know that imperils you: if you are so certain of what you know, there can be no search for better. If you are so sure that you have incontrovertible knowledge, the chances you’ll never even look for anything better.
Dissent and the quest for better has given mankind the world we know today. Every innovation, every invention, and every new development has been a result of someone asking “what if...?” and looking for a better solution than the one they had.
The very soul of progress is dissent, and constantly challenging one’s current thinking is what advances understanding and knowledge.
So, if you look at your life and find it uninspiring, unhappy, unfulfilling or unsatisfactory in any way, just ask yourself what would be better than your current way of doing things.
That's the Science of Happiness - it’s as simple as that.
Keep asking the question and acting on your answers until you realise that there is nothing that would bring you more inspiration, happiness and fulfilment than you are currently experiencing.
Ask better questions, and remember that what you know, right now, might be all that stands between you and a better tomorrow.
© Neil Cowmeadow 2017
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