Different kinds of ignorance
Various sources of ignorance
Different uses for ignorance
Social roles of ignorance
Benefits and costs of ignorance
How to harness ignorance for learning, discovery and creativity
How to deal with ignorance
Ignorance! provides a comprehensive framework for understanding how people think about unknowns, how they deal with them, and even how certain kinds of ignorance are enshrined in cultures and social institutions. We’ll be taking you on a tour through ignorance in all its varieties and guises. Ignorance is everyone’s business. Ignorance is relevant to every discipline and profession, and to everyday life, both at work and at play.
No matter what domain you study or work in, this course will have something to offer to you.
We will explore questions about ignorance such as the following: Where does ignorance come from? How do we impose it on each other, and even on ourselves? And why? We usually think about ignorance as a bad thing, but when can it be preferable not to know something? What uses do people have for ignorance? What roles does ignorance play in social interaction, group relations, institutions, and law? Can ignorance sometimes be a virtue? When can ignorance be good or bad for us? How can we harness the unknown for learning, discovery, and creativity? How can we make good decisions under ignorance?
Your understanding of ignorance will be expanded via online games, discussion forums, opportunities to find out what your own “ignorance profile” is, additional readings, and Wiki materials. There also will be discussion threads specifically for those of you who want to apply understandings about ignorance to complex social and environmental problems. Knowing more about ignorance will help you to manage it and work with it. It also will help you in dealing with the unexpected, with complex problems, and even wicked problems.
“无知！”这门课提供了一个全面的框架以了解人们如何思考未知事物，如何处理未知事物，以及某些无知如何被纳入文化和社会制度。 我们将带你浏览所有种类和伪装下的无知。 无知和每个人都有关，与每一门学科、职业以及日常生活的工作和娱乐都息息相关。
你对无知的理解将通过网络游戏、论坛、探索自己的“无知个人资料”的机会、附加阅读和维基资料获得扩展。课程里还将有专门针对那些希望将无知理解应用于复杂的社会和环境问题的讨论组。 深入了解无知将有助你管理和对待它。 它也将帮助您处理意想不到的，复杂的，甚至是邪恶的问题。