On Not Knowing

Michaelyn posted a great blog about not knowing stuff.

I find “I don’t know” to be a much more satisfying answer than “God works in mysterious ways.” Not knowing opens up a whole new world to explore. There is so much potential knowledge held in that little statement. The “mysterious ways” answer only stifles curiosity. When adults tell children “Well, He works in mysterious ways,” I feel like they’re really saying, “You’re asking too many questions. Stop wondering and just believe what we say.” There’s just no way that answer would satisfy my thirst for knowledge.

Yes.  That.  Check out the whole post to get a glimpse of a side of science that is often overlooked: it’s incredible demand for humility.

I often tell her that I’m envious that she gets to learn all this cool stuff about physics.  It’s a real treat to get to hold onto her coattails while she does it (and really attractive when she talks about science).

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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