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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Human Understanding

"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have." (2 Nephi 28:30)

"He that attentively considers the state of a child, at his first coming into the world, will have little reason to think him stored with plenty of ideas, that are to be the matter of his future knowledge. 'Tis by degrees he comes to be furnished with them." (John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding)

We don't gain knowledge right off the bat in life. We gain it a little at a time. However, the internet has rapidly changed the way that we can learn new things. With things like open access, open data, and open science, we are now able to collaborate together and learn better from each other, all over the world. It truly is amazing what we can do now. The fact is, we don't have to know everything all at once. With collaborating over the internet, it makes thousands and even millions of different minds and viewpoints available for all of us to look at, and learn from.

These ideas truly are amazing!

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