How Much Knowledge Is Too Much Knowledge?

TL;DR: No such thing as too much knowledge.

No, really. There can never be enough knowledge. But it is subjective (unlike learning — more on that in a bit). It is as infinite, normal and expansive as we wish for it to be. For me, it’s a way of being, navigating, discovering and make sense of everything — in and around me.

Knowledge vs Learning:

First off, broadly, these are two very different phenomena which have some overlaps but are often confused for the other. While learning is a more formal, structured process of gaining information, knowledge is an acquired process of gaining, well, information (no shit, Sherlock). Knowledge happens when you read, see or observe something, study or research about a subject, through an experience or while investigating. Or are just living.

Both are different from wisdom, which is basically application of the two.

Let me try and make a little sense of this by using some of my favorite quotes on the subject aka 10 things about knowledge that BuzzFeed will never tell you:

  1. “I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.” — Charlie Munger. For when you make that comment on a YouTube video without knowing enough on the subject.

2. “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” — George Bernard Shaw. For when you reply to the comment on the same Youtube video thinking that you know enough but you really don’t.

3. “The knowledge of all things is possible” ―Leonardo da Vinci. Knowledge can be acquired through various forms like experience, education and application of the subject. Some of the brilliant ways to do are reading, listening (to humans and podcasts. Even just humans would be great), taking up new hobbies, experiences and so on.

4. “Doubt is key to knowledge.” ―Iranian legend. Ask questions. Loads of them! And when you reach answer, ask some more.

5. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”* — Benjamin Franklin. * Issued in public interest. No terms and conditions apply. Just your brains will do.

6. “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” — Einstein. Offered without comments.

7. “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” ―Daniel J. Boorstin. No seriously, that YouTube video comment doesn’t make sense. Please, go and read up on the topic.

8. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” — Steve Jobs. Human brain isn’t wired to operate linearly. It forms connections, builds ideas, makes correlations and constructs opinions when allowed to move along a multi-disciplinary pollination anywhere and everywhere. “Eureka!” — #YouRemember

9. “Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.” ―Alan Moore, V for Vendetta. Go breathe!

10. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” — Socrates. Is true!

I know nothing.

If you don’t already know CF Member Dharmaraj Solanki, his brain is a catalogue of all things relevant in the social space and even otherwise! He has finally decided to share some words of wisdom with the rest of us who are always in awe of how knowledgeable he is!