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.
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.
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.