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    It seems the more I learn, the more apparent it becomes how little i know. Does this sensation ever stop or reverse?


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    The undiscovered country is vast beyond any single lifetime, vast also is the gulf between those who have an inkling of it's vastness and those who haven't bothered to look and see the vastness.


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    Afraid not, never heard of it at least. I have the idea that how more I know the less I seem to understand.
    "the cake is not a lie, you just won't get any" - girl on the next floor
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    I have reached such a high level of understanding, that I know nothing.
    I believe in nothing, but trust gravity to hold me down and the electromagnetic force to stop me falling through
    Physics is the search for the best model not the truth, as only mythical beings know that.
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    It does seem like that at times.

    The phrase that apples to me more though is: the more I learn, the more I know, but the more I know, the more I forget.

    It is tedious having to go back and read something that you knew in previous years.

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    I guess this is what they mean with Ignorance is bliss. If you dont know and not want to know then you dont have this feeling. Must be nice.....
    "the cake is not a lie, you just won't get any" - girl on the next floor
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    Quote Originally Posted by somfooleishfool View Post
    It seems the more I learn, the more apparent it becomes how little i know. Does this sensation ever stop or reverse?
    No, the more you learn, the more you understand there is more to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somfooleishfool View Post
    It seems the more I learn, the more apparent it becomes how little i know. Does this sensation ever stop or reverse?
    Not as long as we are mortal. That our deaths are inescapable is the reason history repeats itself forever and ever until our doom. My opinion is that bilological immortality should by far be the first priority in scientific pursuits. With our pathetic longevity of 1 century (if lucky) we can only eat crumbs of knowledge and wisdom as we slither toward the future. Sure our offspring takes over were we left when it comes to knowledge and science as we have means to preserve them. But the WISDOM is lost.



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    Quote Originally Posted by somfooleishfool View Post
    It seems the more I learn, the more apparent it becomes how little i know. Does this sensation ever stop or reverse?
    Not as long as we are mortal. That our deaths are inescapable is the reason history repeats itself forever and ever until our doom. My opinion is that bilological immortality should by far be the first priority in scientific pursuits. With our pathetic longevity of 1 century (if lucky) we can only eat crumbs of knowledge and wisdom as we slither toward the future. Sure our offspring takes over were we left when it comes to knowledge and science as we have means to preserve them. But the WISDOM is lost.

    I feel, Razielli, you not addressing the question posed, or the concept behind it, and have an agenda of your own
    about life and learning. On a personal note relative to the post in question, the more I learn, the more I understand
    how little I know. On thing I do know, my knowledge is far in advance of my Father, Grandfather, and Great
    Grandfather.
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    @nokton: Uhm... didnt think about it that way but that was a pretty devious hijack attempt by me actually. Sorry :| I get easily derailed with my mind wandering off selfishly.

    OP: This feeling you have is perfectly natural, and a sign of wisdom. To be more constructive, dont give up even if you keep having this feeling. It will even out in time im guessing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantEvil View Post
    The undiscovered country is vast beyond any single lifetime, vast also is the gulf between those who have an inkling of it's vastness and those who haven't bothered to look and see the vastness.
    who said that quote? Or was it just you lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by sox View Post
    It does seem like that at times.

    The phrase that apples to me more though is: the more I learn, the more I know, but the more I know, the more I forget.

    It is tedious having to go back and read something that you knew in previous years.
    God damn it that's so true.
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    To the OP: I think Socrates was right about that.

    Also, relatedly, the more intelligent and competent you are, the more likely you
    are to underestimate yourself, overestimate the competition, and, regardless of your accomplishments, feel like a fraud. (The converse is also true: idiots overestimate their own competence and underestimate others; they are unable to recognise authentic skill and talent. Ignore their criticisms.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by God_of_Biomechanics View Post
    The converse is also true: idiots overestimate their own competence and underestimate others; they are unable to recognise authentic skill and talent.
    Ah, you've seen the pseudoscience forum then.
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    If we knew everything it would be boring. I guess trying to discover new things is one humanity's largest goals.
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