EF24 (AMA-EF6): Is Less Really More When it Comes to the Pursuit of Wisdom or is Ignorance Bliss? — Ask Me Anything of Episode EF6

(EF24) AMA-EF6: Is Less Really More When it Comes to the Pursuit of Wisdom or is Ignorance Bliss Ask Me Anything of Episode EF6

(EF24) AMA-EF6: Is Less Really More When it Comes to the Pursuit of Wisdom or is Ignorance Bliss — Ask Me Anything of Episode EF6

PLAY | DOWNLOAD The idea of wisdom goes back to Ancient Greece, from Socrates and Plato, to modern day reinterpretations and research by sociologists like Monika Ardelt. Even if we can define wisdom, is that enough to come by it? Can anyone become truly wise in this world of rapidly changing information? More...

Episode EF24 Summary

Spoiler alert: You’re about to listen to an Ask Me Anything  (AMA) of Episode EF6, which was Season 1, Episode 4 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom.  The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is … what is wisdom?!

As a reminder about Episode EF6: Paul, a child prodigy who became a leading theoretical physicist in his early 30s, is facing a personal dilemma that is making him miserable—the realization that he might be woefully deficient in the one thing he most reveres. Although filled with endless knowledge, he isn’t wise. But how? Isn’t harnessing more and more information the key to becoming wise? In his attempt to figure it out, Paul might realize the obstacle he’s facing isn’t even close to being the final one. And can he feel like a complete person without it?

The fourth episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question What Is Wisdom? Is it possible for all of us to attain true wisdom and if so, how do we do that? Are there rules to the game or does each one of us have to take their own path towards wisdom?

To peek behind the curtain of Episode 6, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions:

  • What does it mean that ignorance is bliss? And…is it?
  • Does it mean we can never be wise if we acquire new knowledge nonstop? How long do we have to process new info to become wise?
  • Is the pursuit of modern wisdom really a folly?
  • Is knowledge power, even today?
  • Does being a philosopher automatically mean the person is wise?
  • How can I practically reduce the chaos in my life? Can I really be wiser with LESS info?
  • Can knowing too much actually be harmful?
  • Are you implying that wisdom is an attainable/ learnable skill?
  • If our ego drives us to do big things, then why is it a bad thing?
  • When we try to win ego games (be right) is this a big cause of our problems to seek wisdom?
  • And more…

How Do You Acquire Widsom?

The big question driving Episode EF6 is … How do you acquire wisdom? To make something out of your life, you need knowledge. From the moment you’re born, you begin to absorb the basics of living. You start school and gather even more knowledge that hopefully will become useful later in life. But what about wisdom? Is it possible to learn to be wise? Or maybe wisdom only comes with age. But that would imply every old person is wise?

An even better question: is wisdom necessary for leading a satisfying life? It certainly seems useful, but what exactly do you get from it? Finally, does prudence require you to know more than the basic math back from elementary school? Or maybe, wisdom overshadows traditional knowledge and a person can be wise (or dumb) no matter the number of finished books under their belt?

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: This episode is dedicated to Bill Gates. See the EF24 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

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