Wherein I confess my complete ignorance of 'common knowledge'
Or, Maybe you'll bear with me on this one
I am apparently one of the more ignorant members of humanity. I apparently missed out on the vitally important "Everyone Knows" course in my schooling. I apologize to everyone.
Well, I seem to waste people's time with inane questions, whose answer is usually a version of "Everyone Knows"
. I'm sorry everyone has to put up with me.
Okay, I have bothered many of my friends, family, and acquaintances with the question, "What do you think a spider thinks about while sitting on it's web?" The usual answer is something similar to: "Nothing. Everyone knows spiders can't think."
See. I'm Radically Inept
. I just don't know
these common points of knowledge (interestingly enough, a Google Search of knowledge
generates "Your search - knowledge - did not match any documents")(must have been a server problem:Dictionary.com/knowledge
The state or fact of knowing.
Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study.
The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned.
Learning; erudition: teachers of great knowledge.
Specific information about something.
But I don't seem to know
that spiders can't think. In my obvious naivete, I wonder if a spider thinks, "Wow, I haven't eaten in three days. Wish I could have grabbed that really cool spot that other (bigger) spider got to first. He's eaten on all three days. If I don't get bigger, I'll lose my chance to mate." But as it turns out, my ponderings are child-like, and people just wonder how I could be so ignorant.
You know, as I've blogged earlier, here
I try to capture and release other, unwanted life forms that enter my environment as opposed to killing them. With spiders and insects, I've really been happy w/ using a wine glass and a plastic cd 'sleeve'. I put the glass over them, and slide the plastic sleeve under them. To me, and apparently only to me, the fact that the insects and spiders immediately know that they've been 'captured'/trapped is fascinating. In virtually every case, the captured animal senses that it is now completely confined, even though it has not physically explored their movement limitations. They just seem to know
Recently, I captured a Giant Leopard Moth (Ecpantheria scribonia)
. It had landed on the cinder-block wall below my basement lamp. I put the wine glass over it, and when I slide the plastic below it, it fell 'dead'. I knew
better, and because I thought it's marking so beautiful, rather than release it outside right away, I kept it to show the Wife. Then, I decided it would be best to wait until dark to release it...
Long story short, it played dead so well, that I put it, 'upside-down and lifeless' in a flower pot. It had oozed stuff out of it's eyes and I guess defecated. When I came back a few hours later, surprise, it was gone. I found it again, and released it outside.
I know, "Geez, will the story never end?"
But what I was trying to illustrate is that the Moth
seem 'cognizant' enough of it's environment to know
it was captured, it later "realized" the 'danger' had passed and relocated itself from the belly-up position in the pot, to a new spot on the wall. It knew
when it was captured, and knew
when it was free.
See, and being the less than bright person I should be, I somehow grant the moth the ability to 'understand' the environment it's in, and adjust it's behavior accordingly. I just have to realize that this is not a sign of "thinking" on the moth's part. And, well, I just can't get my head around that. I guess I'm just truly obtuse.
Similarly, everyone, but me apparently, knows that '
CUT!! This is going nowhere, start again
I try to start each day w/o out presuming that I know
very much. In fact, I try to always wonder what is "knowledge". I could cite Kuhn and Popper, or say I think I live in a Aldous Huxley
an world, where questioning EVERYTHING seems pretty appropriate. In the end, I am apparently a very ignorant person. I don't know
how, on a consistent basis, I can know the credibility
of a source
of information to be true
? I am apparently retarded
(note the real PC way we deal w/ the 'negative connotation of the word, retarded: "Often Offensive. Affected with mental retardation.") in the area of common human knowledge.
BREAK! Next scene.
I also seem to be the only human on the planet that thinks humans and the planet are not really important, Period. I certainly don't believe that the species is worth expending a whole lot of money and energy in saving. Let's just quit taxing anybody. That way, the rich will eventually be the only people starving on the planet.
Sorry, but I did warn you. And worse, I'll continue to develop this set of posts.
Quick Addendum: I, sometimes not all the time, wonder what the life
of a water molecule
must be like.
Ah, "You're complete idiot," you say.
Yeah, but it's worse, I wonder about how the changes, between the structured environment of the ice crystal
, the almost unattached (free) state of steam
, and the loose association in the free Water
state, affect the "thinking
" of a water molecule.
I know. Pretty stupid
and http://radicallyinept.blogspot.com/. I just can't seem to help myself. And no amount of education seems to be enough to end my ignorance
. Woe is me...