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:
- Be nice.
- Don’t be frightened.
What are some of the things that you think we all really need to know?