Infinite Knowledge

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Managing in a universe of potentially infinite knowledge is incredibly challenging.

The idea of making decisions when you have 70% of the information about a topic is actually absurd in this context. 70% of infinity is a huge number.

Yet our faith in our limited knowledge emboldens us to make decisions with greater certainty than is warranted. 

Unexpected results are really not surprising when there is a wider range of factors involved that you didn’t know about.

Sometimes it is information that you could have known in advance, but other times there was no way for you to know in advance.

Yet, people know different things and see things differently. Maybe it is a premonition about something happen. Maybe that is the ability to ‘access’ information from another dimension. That unexplained ‘psychic ability’ may just be access to a different set of information.

Differences in knowledge is what truly unleashes creativity and innovation. More people knowing a little about more things is probably more powerful than a group of deep experts in a particular subject matter.

Standards and conformance are great up to a point in education, but they clearly are not sufficient. It is the differences in education and experience that create more value from information.

Sadly, humans can be terribly judgemental when it comes to information. The tendency to dismiss information is partly about saving time but also about ego. Sometimes we can tell the difference, but usually the dismissive attitude is covered by some other ‘rational’ reasons.

Ironically, knowledge which is the basis of rational decision making consists of its own internal irrationality. The reality of infinite knowledge is that it actually demands of acts of irrationality to move forward.