Bringing the Text to Life
Does anyone know where that suicidal adage "What you don't know can't hurt you" ever came from? Or how about the equally ignorant "Ignorance is bliss"?
Obviously, what you don't know -- from the prowler lurking outside your home, to the toxic dump outside your hometown, to the vengeful baseless gossip co-workers spread about you at work -- can hurt you, personally, physically or professionally.
And ignorance -- ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is hard work. It forces you to make do, get by, scrape along, without vision or hope for something better.
But one of the most annoying things about knowledge is how momentary it can be. The half-life of an education (that is the amount of time that passes before half of all you learned is out of date) is dropping like a stone. For people in the sciences or medicine, it is about seven years. For computer software writers, the half-life can vary from three years to a few months, depending on the area of expertise.
Even those things we think we...