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Live fast, pretend to know more


I recently stumbled upon a great article in the New York Times about how we fake our cultural literacy. You know, how we all pretend to know something but in fact we have no idea what we’are talking about. Best case scenario — we’re taking over someone else’s opinion; worst — we’ve read a tweet about it.

A study conducted by Otis, an elevator manufacturer, revealed that the most worn out buttons were “door close”. Our lack of time in developing an epistemic curiosity is only proportional to our “constant pressure to know enough, at all times, lest we be revealed as culturally illiterate.”

So it’s no big surprise that we’d rather fake our lack of knowledge rather than admitting it. It might make us look smart, but it won’t make us look bright.

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