Society

Never Say, I’m Not Sure

Avoid looking like an idiot

Philip Ogley
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower
3 min readJun 12, 2024

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Two scientists looking confused
(Wiki Comms)

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people talk on a topic, only to say halfway through, ‘But I don’t really know!’

Oh, right.

So I’ve just listened to you for five minutes, only for you to tell me, you don’t really know what you’re talking about.

Can you imagine if Crick and Watson, the guys who discovered the structure of DNA, said at the end of their groundbreaking paper:

‘Well actually, we’re not really sure!’

How infuriating would that be? I’ve just ploughed through your 1000-page thesis, only to discover you don’t really know anything.

I hear it all the time. Someone tells me a story, but it tapers off halfway through. Then they exit the conversation by saying: ‘But I dunno!’

Someone was telling me on Monday morning in the boulangerie in the town where I live in France about President Macron’s decision to hold a snap general election.

I hadn’t heard the news, so I was interested. But then the speaker said: ‘But I don’t know why?’

I nearly dropped my croissant.

You don’t know why??

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