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The Island of Knowledge and the Shore of Ignorance

“as our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” (Location 1311)

The area of things known increases exposure to things on the precipice of known and not known.

However, increasing exposure to the size of the outside set doesn't change the side of the outside set. It just increases awareness of it.

Ignorance is bliss.

The problem of groupthink and individual ignorance besets not just ordinary voters and customers but also presidents and CEOs. They may have at their disposal plenty of advisers and vast intelligence agencies, but this does not necessarily make things better. It is extremely hard to discover the truth when you are ruling the world. You are just far too busy. Most political chiefs and business moguls are forever on the run. Yet if you want to go deeply into any subject, you need a lot of time, and in particular you need the privilege of wasting time. You need to experiment with unproductive paths, explore dead ends, make space for doubts and boredom, and allow little seeds of insight to slowly grow and blossom. If you cannot afford to waste time, you will never find the truth. (Location 3420)