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In a technological civilization containing billions of people (a number you are [[Scope insensitivity|not equipped to understand intuitively]]), there is not and cannot be any central authority that oversees all human knowledge. No one can say that [[Science]] doesn't know something, because far too much scientific information has been amassed for any one person or small team to sort through it all. Just because ''you'' haven't read about it, doesn't mean ''no one'' in the depths of human history has investigated this same question and come away with genuine answers. It just means that '''no one told you''', one way or the other.
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In a technological civilization containing billions of people (a number you are [[Scope insensitivity|not equipped to understand intuitively]]), there is not and cannot be any central authority that oversees all human knowledge. On many questions, no one can say that [[science]] doesn't know something, because far too much scientific information has been amassed for any one person or small team to sort through it all. Just because ''you'' haven't read about it, doesn't mean ''no one'' in the depths of human history has investigated this same question and come away with genuine answers.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[General knowledge]]
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*[[General knowledge]], [[Science]]
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*[[No safe defense]]
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*[[Availability bias]]
  
 
==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/kj/no_one_knows_what_science_doesnt_know/ No One Knows What Science Doesn't Know] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/kj/no_one_knows_what_science_doesnt_know/ No One Knows What Science Doesn't Know] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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Revision as of 22:51, 20 September 2009

In a technological civilization containing billions of people (a number you are not equipped to understand intuitively), there is not and cannot be any central authority that oversees all human knowledge. On many questions, no one can say that science doesn't know something, because far too much scientific information has been amassed for any one person or small team to sort through it all. Just because you haven't read about it, doesn't mean no one in the depths of human history has investigated this same question and come away with genuine answers.

See also

Blog posts