"The three scariest words: I don't know"

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    An interesting read.

    cnn.com

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    The article presents what I see as a lovely sentiment, Phil. A lovely sentiment that will undoubtedly (and unfortunately) fall on deaf ears. It's tough to know when you don't know something. And as the author of the article points out, in the rare event that you do recognize your limitations, it is so easy for us to simply feign knowledge.
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    I wonder how much of this is simply universal human nature, or how much is connected to the Western mind, where governing and order are derived/sanctioned via civic persuasion and reasoned argument. Admitting to not knowing something to a fellow citizen calls into question your qualitifications as both a potential leader and/or informed citizen. Indeed governing calls for action, rather than inaction, so "not knowing" is not really an option when debating a course of action to address an issue or problem.
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    Interesting question. I'll start out by saying that I don't know the answer. :) But I will continue with some anecdotal and hypothetical BS: I certainly can see your argument. In my classroom and even on this board, I definitely feel like I am at risk to lose my audience when I am really stumped. I am not sure if this is a western phenomenon or a more innate human heuristic, but it is definitely a big part of the reason when I feel compelled to BS. Like the author of the article, I have a better control on it in my teaching now that I have more experience, but a lot of us talk about what we say when we don't know something...as if we need coaching on this point.
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    Interesting little book addresses the point:

    http://www.amazon.com/On-Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/1419348876

    Quite a lot of it to be found on this board from thread to thread.
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    the three worst words you can hear while having sex: "Honey, I'm home."
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    We drive this home with our kids all the time. I answer "I don't know" when I often do know.

    Learning is far more rewarding than knowing. THIS needs to be taught and accepted.
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    Though, it wouldnt be very hard to answer "I don't know" to the question "who is that skank in our bed?" when this little scenario plays out.
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    Real knowledge is knowing what you don't know.
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    "The three scariest words: I don't know"

    Obama got reelected.

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