Confident Ignorance

Do you know someone that is positive they are right but you know they are wrong? How about someone who is happy with the knowledge they have but it was gained with incomplete or missing evidence? I am sure you do. I think there is a bit of that person in every one of us. This is called confident ignorance. I am not the first to use those words, as googling it comes up with many blog posts on the subject. However, I have said for many years the more I learn about technology and education, the more I realize I don’t know. This is absolutely true. Uncovering one small bit of knowledge has invariably led to two or three other avenues previously untraveled. It only snowballs from there. Easily frustrating.

I got thinking about this last night when Dan Trachtenburg twittered a “FUNNIEST THING I’VE SEEN THIS YEAR! Star Wars retold by a girl who’s never seen it!” I agree, it is pretty dang funny. Have a watch.

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn’t seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

Hans? Hans. Hans Solo. Ha. Genius. Wait a second, it is the exact opposite of genius. It is a hilarious example of confident ignorance. Apply it to education, science, politics or religion and it becomes dangerous for reasonable people everywhere.

Remember everyone, celebrate humble genius.

The Last Lecture

If you haven’t seen Randy Pausch’s “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” lecture I encourage you to watch it as soon as possible. Here, I have saved you the trouble of searching for it.

If you have seen it, then you probably already know significance of this lecture. Randy Pausch was a computer scientist behind the Alice project and the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon. He also died of cancer on July 25th, 2008. This last lecture spread around this Internet in the fall of 2007 and inspired many along the way. I just finished the book he wrote about the lecture and felt I should get as many people to see/read it as possible.

It is an incredible story that has captured both my imagination and my heart strings. He puts so many things into prespective in his own life that I can’t help but focus in on the things that really matter in my own. It seems that everyone expected him to feel sorry for himself and wither away. He refused to do that and decided that being happy is way better than being sad. Life is what we make of it, nothing more, nothing less.

I urge you to pick up the book and watch the lecture. I hope it affects you as it did me.