What do we really need to know?

Here’s an RSA Animated Short by John Lloyd, talking about knowledge and ignorance, and the importance of asking questions. And kindness.

You can watch the longer talk (half lecture and half discussion/interview, talking more about what “belief” means) here:

This makes me think about one of the biggest hurdles for students: learning to understand what it is that you don’t know. And that’s done by asking questions and being curious.

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

I read somewhere that the average 4-year-old asks something like 300 questions a day, while the average adult asks fewer than 10.

In the longer talk, he says there are only 6 things we really need to know, although he only shares two of them:

  1. Be nice.
  2. Don’t be frightened.

What are some of the things that you think we all really need to know?


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