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How much do you know about our human world, past, present and future?

Asked by mazingerz88 (26598points) June 22nd, 2011

What kinds of information do you excitedly seek each day? Is there any that you can’t finish the day without knowing? Are you being forced to absorb knowledge of something you are barely interested in?

How much knowledge of which subjects do you believe people should care about and which ones are critical, which are non-essential? What is the minimum level of awareness a human being must have in order to benefit himself and the world we live in? And is there something as having too much knowledge that may hurt instead of help?

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Cruiser's avatar

I am a knowledge junkie and each day is a new day for me and I will pursue just about any subject matter. So depending on what life throws my way or what tidbit piques my interest I am off in hot pursuit of finding out more. There then comes those most unfortunate times when you learn something that totally bums you out. Comes with the territory of life.

But what is most important is to sift through the bullshit that comes your way and have trusted sources of information….very very important!!!

wundayatta's avatar

I listen to radio news every day. I read the paper most days. I read a magazine or two. I surf the web. Fluther brings my attention to some stories as well.

I don’t think you can have too much knowledge, unless you can’t process it. I don’t know what the minimum is, but it would have to be enough to manage to make your way in the world. You’d have to be able to provide for yourself or get others to provide for you. You’d need enough knowledge to do that.

I would never say people “should” have this knowledge or that. I believe people should have the knowledge they seek out and that interests them. I do not judge anyone for the knowledge they do or do not have. I figure it’s their choice how to spend their time.

the100thmonkey's avatar

A very, very broad question!

I like to know what’s going on within my social circle.

Anything else is icing!

Coloma's avatar

I’m a knowledge junkie too, and rather analytical as well.
My personality type is the ENTP extroverted, thinking, perceiving

I have always been fascinated by psychology and the why’s of how the human mind works, human development, etc. That has morphed into more of a spiritual zone for me over the years, along with an insatiable love of bizarre trivia, anything of an animal/science nature and some metaphysical interests as well.

My ongoing ‘work’ is to hone my ‘feeling’ side, like when I found out my cat was dying of an incurable disease about 3 weeks ago. I went on a marathon researching jag for about 3 days, until I finally allowed myself to accept there was no hope and then, I cried on and off for the next 3 days.

I am highly intuitive but, I have a hard time getting out of my head sometimes and just feeling my feelings.

For a woman I operate more like a male at times, and while I am very compassionate I am not the type of female to break down in tears and be emotionally over reactive.

faye's avatar

I like to hear the news everyday. I have my little transistor radio from the old days to take camping so I can hear the news. Plus I just plain want to know, how to everything, about almost everything.

incendiary_dan's avatar

I got my bachelors degree in cultural anthropology, and have continued researching the field fairly well. This has combined quite nicely with my personal interest in wilderness living and primitive skills. Not surprisingly, I know a lot more than most people about what we tend to call the “Stone Age” (a term I dislike for several reasons). I’ve also spent a fair amount of time studying the broad strokes of history, particularly in terms of collapses of previous civilizations, and predictions some smart folks have made concerning how this civilization is likely to collapse/contract in the near future. So I know a bit about the future.

mazingerz88's avatar

@incendiary_dan You sounded very Indiana Joneslike right there. Nice. : )

incendiary_dan's avatar

Oh yea, and I also keep track of current events, particularly politics and economics, though the latter one still often baffles me.

@mazingerz88 Maybe Indiana Jones meets Les Stroud?

Plucky's avatar

I am constantly learning. I am incredibly curious. I am more knowledgeable in humanity than the average person.

Human beings interest me greatly (past, present and future). In college, I majored in Anthropology and Psychology. I continue to seek out new information when it becomes available. I tend to keep up on world news and views. I try to sift through to the good sources – as there are tons of bad media sources out there. People need to learn to question what they read, see and hear in the media ..constantly.

I believe it’s important for us (humans) to learn where we came from in order to know where we’re going (and how we’re going to get there).

It’s also important for us to understand that there’s a whole world out there ..beyond our own regional fingertips. There’s a world of different ideas, beliefs, values and cultures. It’s important to learn how that’s possible ..how it happened. In learning this, we can better shape our future. We can appreciate and respect the differences, while embracing our complexly simple similarities.

We’re all in this together.

Ok, I’m done my gentle rant…for now.

incendiary_dan's avatar

@PluckyDog I also double majored in Anthro/Psych, until I got fed up with Psych in the last year of school and bumped it down to a minor to graduate faster. :)

Berserker's avatar

I know that the Holocaust sucks and that Gilgamesh didn’t actually have six arms and didn’t wield a buncha swords.

Most of the knowledge I ’‘excitingly seek’’ really isn’t knowledge to anyone who isn’t a horror fan.

But other than that, I do like learning about WWII, medieval inquisitions and the Victorian age. I also love learning about Vikings to no end. Vikings rule. And they never had horns on their helmets.

About what should people care about; all knowledge is good knowledge, right?

Linda_Owl's avatar

I know enough to know that none of us (especially our governments) know enough.Too many of us tend to jump to conclusions without taking the time to do any research.

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