Philosophy of Ignorance

The biography of Richard Feynman was required reading at the U.S. Air Force for years.  Why? Richard Feynman’s unconventional approaches to problem solving are a great solution to new challenges. He once said “If we want to solve a problem that we have never solved before we must leave the door to the unknown ajar”.  That is the essence of what he called the “Philosophy of Ignorance”.  A writer once quipped that the way Professor Feynman solved problems was simple. First, write down the problem.  Lastly, think real hard.  Then, write down the solution.  So when was the last time we assumed we knew something only to find out we did not?  If so, how about assuming we don’t know for a change because the biggest risks are ones you simply don’t know about.

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