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The greatest enemy of knowledge isn’t ignorance, but it’s the illusion of knowledge – Stephen Hawking

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It ain’t about what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it’s about what you know for sure that just ain’t so’. It’s similar to the quote half knowledge is dangerous. Knowledge is like the treasure of a wise man, it’s like a mentor with high values who guides you in the path of life. Knowledge has no restricted domain. In this vast universe of matter, planets, molecules, etc there are enormous things that can be learned or studied about. Humans should possess the curious bug within them in order to question and reason out each matter. The matter is composed of different elements, in order to seek the truth, people needed to possess the knowledge, with the help of knowledge and visualization different theories and laws were formulated i. e.

Theory of relativity

Newton’s law
Knowledge can’t be derived only by learning nor it can’t be judged with the number of marks or degrees one secures. Knowledge is infinite and implicit in nature, there’s no end and scale to measure it. There’s no hard and fast rule that a knowledgeable person must-have solution to every possible question, as certain strata are undiscovered and unleashed, a person must have the perseverance and be brave enough to embrace the flaws and keep working on the problem and attain enlightenment through the walk of life.

Some of the eccentric people who are the main components of science, whose knowledge and perseverance led to propounding theories and discoveries:
Thomas Alva Edison: The electrical wizard was born in Milan, Ohio. He went to school for only 3 months because the teacher thought he wasn’t a bright student. Despite lewd remarks given by the teachers, both Edison and his mother didn’t lose hope, she taught him 18th-century writers, gibbon, Hume, and Newton. Edison was a brave, hardworking, and resourceful person who tinkered with waste material and made some exquisite things out of it. He was the first boy editor who rigged up a printing press and published ‘The herald’ newspaper. He was adventurous and patient enough to experiment with different materials. At the age of 82, he used to work for 16 hours a day. Despite the failures he didn’t give up, he was flexible enough to accept his flaws and keep on learning to gain limitless knowledge. Today in the darkness if we are having light, the sole reason is he. ( Thomas Alva Edison)

Albert Einstein: He believed that reading isn’t enough to acquire knowledge, you need to have a mind’s eye to visualize things beyond the boundaries of existence. Knowledge can only be applied if an individual tries to apply an out of box approach. (Albert Einstein)
Both Daniel J. Boorstin and Stephen Hawking believed that the enemy of knowledge isn’t ignorance, but it’s the illusion of knowledge. (Stephen Hawking)

An ignorant person who’s like an empty vessel can be taught as he can absorb the matter, whereas the person filled with preconceptions and wrong notions can’t be easily taught.

The person filled with preconceptions builds a private universe and gets integrated into their facts and considers themselves as an autonomous body of knowledge. Alexander Pope beautifully describes human nature in his epistle Essay on man where he says, a man who considers himself too wise and knowledgeable leads himself into the dark world. Example: A child is tender and young seems to be like a cluster of fresh Clay, which is curious and flexible enough to be molded, it can attain knowledge easily whereas an adult with preconceived notions can’t be molded in a certain way, as they have wrong concepts embedded in their brain.

Once in a university people opted astrophysics as their subject, students had a notion set in their head. When did the professor ask what’s astrophysics about? Students answered it’s a study about celestial bodies. The professor was a little let down as the student had facts embedded in their brain. He told the subject doesn’t have a limit, there are different strata in it that have to be unleashed and applied.
21 St century :

The problem lies in homosapiens, due to the rapid evolution people have forgotten its roots, they don’t value the concept of knowledge. They aren’t even ignorant enough to be thought about the basics, as humans are adamant, they just chase behind marks. Marks is like a measuring scale for knowledge, which is absurd. The further bigger problem rises that people assume that they know everything, which is untrue and illogical as the nature of knowledge has no end.

‘Maths is verifiable but science is constantly developing ‘ there’s every day a phenomenon that gets discovered, certain domains are not yet unleashed.

Example: In recent times, people just read about the functions of grenade, but they don’t know how to apply the principles mechanisms on it, thus collision takes place, grenade creates a bombardment.

People are stuck up to the stereotyped pattern, they don’t want to explore beyond a certain domain, they don’t taste the risk factor thus it doesn’t lead them to the brighter side of the world instead pushes them into the Bermuda triangle.

“The fact is a savior as long as you don’t jam it into some preconceived pattern “

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