Circle of Knowledge, Circle of Ignorance

Inflate a balloon. Stretch a rubber band. As you enlarge the space within the sphere or circle, the boundary between inside and outside also gets larger. The expanding universe does the same, although we can’t see it.

Something similar happens, in a metaphorical sense, when we increase our knowledge. We not only learn things we didn’t know before, we learn of things we didn’t even know existed before. The more answers I get, the more new questions I discover. (Are you feeling a bit frustrated about now?)

An exchange of e-mails with a friend inspired the name of my new blog:

So we all have a circle of knowledge and on the circumference is our exposure to ignorance. And life goes on best if our circles intersect.

The “intersection” he referred to is our intersection with the knowledge we share (or don’t quite share) with other people. Overlap too closely and we’ll probably get along well, but neither of us will learn much. Don’t overlap at all and we won’t understand each other. The most fascinating people I know, the most inspiring things I’ve read, and the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had have been the ones that were out there on the horizon–just on the edge of what I already knew but pointing the way to things I didn’t know or hadn’t given much thought to.

I can’t promise every post in this blog will expand your circle of knowledge (and thus your circle of ignorance), but I will try to give attention to ideas and experiences that have stretched my boundaries just a little. In particular, I tell stories about things that have happened to me, or occasionally to people I know, that have made me think in new ways. And I will try to point you to books, articles, websites and places that might stretch your boundaries a little. The purpose is to explore life in the early 21st century and expand our circles of ignorance together. Your input is welcome. Perhaps you, too, can increase my circle of ignorance.

6 thoughts on “Circle of Knowledge, Circle of Ignorance

  1. May 16, 2013 / 12:33 am

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    • Karen E. Lund May 16, 2013 / 9:48 am

      Honestly, I would prefer you didn’t . As your blog isn’t in English, I can’t be certain, but a phonetic reading suggests the subject is astrology. If you like, I’d be happy to write a post about why superstition has no place in the 20th century.


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