A big, BIG hat tip is in order here to my good amigo Brent Pottenger, of the fine blog healthcare epistemocrat, as the bulk of this information is an unapologetic plagiarization of his fine work. 🙂 I include it here simply as a ready-reference; do check out Brent’s fine blog, though, for a more thorough and on-going examination of these themes.
What is an Epistemocrat?
History: In his book, The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb defines an epistemocrat as “someone of epistemic humility, who holds his own knowledge in greatest suspicion.” For Jerome Groopman, this person continues to search for answers by asking, “What else could it be?” Richard Feynman recommends to “keep the door to the unknown ajar.” From Chester Newland’s perspective, an epistemocrat never stops “searching for human dignity.” Like Socrates said, “Wisdom is knowing how little we know.”
What is m=1/n=1 thinkering?
In essence then, these ideas form the underpinnings of an active pursuit of optimum physical culture; that is to say projection of the optimum phenotypical expression of one’s genotype into the world.
So take a cue from the philosopher and epistemocrat Michel de Montaigne, and continually as of yourself, “Que sais je?” or “What do I know?” The paradox here being, of course, that the ever more learned (and hopefully, as a correlate, wiser) one becomes, the more one realizes just how little he in fact does know. Question yourself above all others, and in regard to others, “Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” – Andre Gide
ANY article or blog mentioning Richard Feynman deserves a thumbs up! Nicely done. The pursuit of what we don’t know. My father, a physicist actually himself from Feynmans era, told me once as a kid that RF was brilliant in his pursuit of what he didn’t know primarily because he wasn’t worried about what other people thought. Ever read anything of the sort? Great post, thanks. Matt Stafford