Ignorance! | 无知!

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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 ...

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。

无论你的学习或职业属于什么领域,你都可以从这门课程中得到收获.

我们将探讨有关无知的如下问题:无知从何而来?我们是如何将其强加于彼此甚至是我们自己?这又是为什么?我们通常认为无知是一件坏事,但是在哪些时候不知道太多反而是一件好事呢?人们如何利用无知?无知在社会互动、团体关系、制度和法律中扮演什么角色?无知有可能在某些时候成为一种美德吗?无知在什么时候对我们是好事,什么时候是坏事?我们如何利用未知事物来促进学习、新发现和创造力? 我们如何在无知的情况下做出好的决定呢?

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。

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2/10 starsDropped
2 years, 2 months ago
There's lots of useful and interesting stuff in the course, but the anti-white racist remarks are just unacceptable.
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Jaime Medina

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
I really loved the course content. It let you become aware of the unknown aspects around us that we're normally blind to. I have now a different view on reality after taking the course.
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9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
As someone who enjoys the humanities and liberal arts, I found this course to be a very worthwhile interdisciplinary survey. It's a good example of that type of course. It takes a supposedly "simple" and abstract concept and relates it to multiple disciplines of thought. In this case these included sociology, psychology, economics, mathematics, management, and music. All this is done in a way that can be useful to professionals in various fields. That said, there was a great deal of highly technical language, especially early in the course. The quizzes were fairly difficult because some answers hinged on fine distinctions. Some of the quizzes only had two available points, one of which was a multiple checkbox question and if any of the boxes were wrong you lost the point. Overall, I would say that this class could be useful to people whose profession involves complex, multivariate problems in the human sciences: education, criminal... As someone who enjoys the humanities and liberal arts, I found this course to be a very worthwhile interdisciplinary survey. It's a good example of that type of course. It takes a supposedly "simple" and abstract concept and relates it to multiple disciplines of thought. In this case these included sociology, psychology, economics, mathematics, management, and music. All this is done in a way that can be useful to professionals in various fields. That said, there was a great deal of highly technical language, especially early in the course. The quizzes were fairly difficult because some answers hinged on fine distinctions. Some of the quizzes only had two available points, one of which was a multiple checkbox question and if any of the boxes were wrong you lost the point. Overall, I would say that this class could be useful to people whose profession involves complex, multivariate problems in the human sciences: education, criminal justice, business management and the like.
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2/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
I thought it would be different than it was. I was expecting a discussion of ignorance and what can be done to eliminate or at least deal with it. Instead it was a paean to ignorance as a good thing. I disagree. I appreciate the effort that the instructors went to. It's not easy putting together any kind of course. I would not recommend this one, however, unless you really love the social sciences (I don't and didn't before this but was hoping to learn something anyway) and want to be made to feel better that you're ignorant. If you actually think it's good to try not to be ignorant, this will be a very frustrating and boring course. The discussion forum set up is horrible. This is not the fault of the course staff. EdX just has a horrible discussion platform. Unfortunately, this course requires discussion posts. That just makes it all the more frustrating. Overall, I'd say thanks for the effort but I wish I hadn't waste... I thought it would be different than it was. I was expecting a discussion of ignorance and what can be done to eliminate or at least deal with it. Instead it was a paean to ignorance as a good thing. I disagree. I appreciate the effort that the instructors went to. It's not easy putting together any kind of course. I would not recommend this one, however, unless you really love the social sciences (I don't and didn't before this but was hoping to learn something anyway) and want to be made to feel better that you're ignorant. If you actually think it's good to try not to be ignorant, this will be a very frustrating and boring course. The discussion forum set up is horrible. This is not the fault of the course staff. EdX just has a horrible discussion platform. Unfortunately, this course requires discussion posts. That just makes it all the more frustrating. Overall, I'd say thanks for the effort but I wish I hadn't wasted the time.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
The worst thing about edX is its discussion forum, it makes interactive discussion hard, there's no notification, and it takes a lot of time to reach comments that I wrote
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2/10 starsDropped
3 years, 8 months ago
I was very disappointed in this "course" It did a lot of "New agey" psycho babble, but never really addressed "Ignorance" as related to "intelligence". The instructors didn't seem to be any too aware of what the difference between what lack of information, and true ignorance is. They, (and consequently many students) simply saw it as all the same thing. It isn't. I was so put off by the low level of meaningful discussion, the insipid comments, and the lack of any actual information that I bounced out before seeing all the videos, and perhaps that is the most telling critique. It was very poor.
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