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Have you ever considered how much you "know" isnt true?

Asked by El_Cadejo (34524points) March 19th, 2008

Have you ever thought about all the different things you’ve learned in school that aren’t true that you accepted as truth because it came from a teacher or some other form of authority? A good example of this is drugs and what schools tell us, much of which is based upon faulty experiments or downright lies. No im not trying to turn this into a drug talk or anything it was just the first example to come to mind.
Really makes me wonder how much else i think i know but really is a lie.

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MrKnowItAll's avatar

Truth is not delivered to you. You need to seek it.

Always question authority.

Riser's avatar

All I know is the Earth was flat not too long ago.

gorillapaws's avatar

The other example along this same theme that comes to mind is when you misheard something or got that incorrect information, not because someone had an agenda, but more so because of a genuine error somewhere. The other day I caught my mother using the phrase “statue of limitations.” She’s 53 and apparently has been saying that word incorrectly her entire life…

Also popular myths and urban legends would fall into this category. Good thing we have the Mythbusters to save us from our own stupidity.

gailcalled's avatar

As I age, I know less and less.

And Socrates felt that he could never answer the question “What is truth?” “It is this idea of the truth being pursued, rather than discovered, that characterizes Socratic thought and much of our world view today.”

It is not a subject to be skimmed over in a few glib phrases.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Pluto was also a planet a couple years ago.

For a real insight on truth, read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Dine's avatar

1 day=24h
Man landed on the Moon
Ten Commandments
Water motor

El_Cadejo's avatar

Wow that changes a lot.

shared3's avatar

Yeah, I’m only a high school student, but even in elementary school I have caught mistakes made by my teachers. (I’m absolutely sure they just misspoke/misread the textbook).

Does it matter though? Most of the time, operating under a couple small false assumptions/acts doesn’t lead to much harm.

gorillapaws's avatar

@shared3, depends on what those false assumptions/facts are of course. And sometimes education is deliberately biased in certain ways. Here’s an interesting site about Christopher Columbus that portrays the man very differently than the man I learned about in school.

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