Curating ignorance, February 2014


This in a tweet from Douglas Robertson

Douglas Robertson @douglaswr
No promises of answers (we don't know them) but a "more refined hall of ignorance" #ANU goes on line exploring the mysteries of the universe
5:11pm · 26 Feb 14 · Twitter for iPhone


The always amazing thesis whisperer flicked me this reference1. It reminded me of Dennett's collection of intuition pumps2, particularly Occam's broom! The paper also resonates with the notion of Wittgenstein's ladder3. Nice to have a link and a gesture to Mary Douglas' work about forgetting in order to learn in the McGoey paper.


Came across Kathryn Schulz's4 Being Wrong. And discovered a bit of a collection of folk who write about just that via the Library of Congress and an EndNote search.

The opening quote of the book might have worked well in the PCP paper. It captures the notion of learning in the making vs. the fixity of ready made learning.

Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field, the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities. —Benjamin Franklin, Report of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, and Other Commissioners, Charged by the King of France, with the Examination of the Animal Magnetism, as Now Practiced in Paris (1784)

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License