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What do you know, and how do you know it? - Input Junkie
December 13th, 2007
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What do you know, and how do you know it?
It doesn't really matter where I learned something for the purposes of the specific question or whether it would be considered true or valid by some external standard. What matters is that I know where I learned it. If I don't know how I know what I know, then there is a good chance I picked it up as simply a given. That would make it either a habit or an unexamined norm....

So, if I can't answer the question "How do I know what I know?" then I know it is time to give some thought to that piece of information--some skeptical and critical thought.


Takin Up Space: How Eating Well and Exercising Regularly Changed My Life by Pattie Thomas.

I suggest some categories for knowledge, not necessarily in order:

What you know by experience
What you know by extensive experience
What you know by study
What you know by studying more than one point of view
What you know by studying more than one point of view and allowing that more than one of them might be right
What you know that you've checked sources for
What you know by poking around and gradually accumulating information
What you know because you googled it a little
What you know which would affect your income, social connections, or reputation if you thought differently
What you know because everyone else seems to think so

Here's a study of what some high school students know about the Viet Nam War. It's an effort to find out what's actually going on instead of doing a little superiority dance about young people's ignorance.

The link above is thanks to Chris Williams in a thread at Crooked Timber which is half about Iraq and 9/11 and half about Led Zeppelin. And I found the CT thread thanks to ozarque.

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From:jordan179
Date:December 13th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I am more than a little astonished that so many people imagine Iraq was responsible for 9-11, because that was not an argument that the Right made. That was an argument that the Left claimed the Right FALSELY made

What this means is that the Left has been so discredited in the minds of some people that they are willing to believe that any argument ascribed to the Right by the Left must be TRUE.

Needless to say, this is very sloppy reasoning. An argument from what, anti-authority? :)
From:nancylebov
Date:December 13th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
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I am more than a little astonished that so many people imagine Iraq was responsible for 9-11, because that was not an argument that the Right made. That was an argument that the Left claimed the Right FALSELY made

At least where I hang out, the claim wasn't that the Right directly said Iraq was responsible for 9/11, it was that the Right (specifically Bush) deliberately set up speeches so that a casual listener would conclude that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 without it actually being said.

What this means is that the Left has been so discredited in the minds of some people that they are willing to believe that any argument ascribed to the Right by the Left must be TRUE.

I assume you meant that the Right has been so discredited?
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From:jordan179
Date:December 13th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
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No, I meant the Left. To say "the Right" in that context would make no sense, because the phenomenon requiring description was why the kids thought Iraq was responsible for 9-11, when the only ones making the claim that the claim had been made were on the Left.
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