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Feb 25

What do we need to know?

‘Ignorance is at the heart of any kind of discovery’ – an argument against the cult of knowledge and information

With all the scientific progress we’ve made over the past centuries, there’s still a massive, unknowable amount of information that we have yet to comprehend. In many cases, we haven’t figured out even basic truths about our world: what is the force of gravity, really? How does human consciousness actually function?

In this brief, animated and humorous skewering of the cult of knowledge, the BBC producer John Lloyd – famous for his work on Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder and more recently QI – argues that for all our striving for intelligence and information, what matters most is learning how to conduct our everyday lives better.

What Do We Need to Know? is part of the RSA Shorts series.

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