Quotable #72: We Can’t Know Everything


“A person who thinks that he knows everything is not well informed.” — Chinese Proverb

“As the island of knowledge grows, the surface that makes contact with mystery expands. When major theories are overturned, what we thought was certain knowledge gives way, and knowledge touches upon mystery differently. This newly uncovered mystery may be humbling and unsettling, but it is the cost of truth. Creative scientists, philosophers, and poets thrive at this shoreline.” — W. Mark Richardson, “A Skeptic’s Sense of Wonder”, Science, 1998

“As the Island of Knowledge grows, so do the shores of our ignorance  —  the boundary between the known and unknown. Learning more about the world doesn’t lead to a point closer to a final destination  —  whose existence is nothing but a hopeful assumption anyways  —  but to more questions and mysteries. The more we know, the more exposed we are to our ignorance, and the more we know to ask.” — Marcelo Gleiser, The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning, 2014

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

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