“There is a poetic justice in the fact that a quarter of the world, and two of its seven continents, are named after a little-known Italian whose sole claim to fame is that he had the courage to say ‘We don’t know’. The discovery of America was the foundational event for the Scientific Revolution”
– Dr. Yuval Noah Harari
“You don’t know” is not an unfamiliar phrase. We used to hear that from our childhood, whenever we try to ask or say something out of our own observations about the surroundings, practices and lifestyle. “You don’t know about it. Don’t talk like that.” is what I have always got starting from my mother. And None of them seem so scientific. But here is an historian who says that the courage to say ‘We don’t know’ has led to a better Scientific Revolution.
Are there two different, ‘I don’t know’?