knowledge

Methods make Followers

We rely on method: we expect results and discovery without needing to understand. Simply follow the rules. In building the “how to” checklist we democratize complex techniques and knowledge, but do not make innovators. We produce very good followers.

The reward is reality

"Attention is rewarded by a knowledge of reality." To be led away from yourself towards some alien thing is to encounter something independent of your consciousness. You cannot take it over, deny it, or swallow up. (Quote and paraphrase of Iris Murdoch.)

Conveying Knowledge is for Yourself

Knowledge conveyance is masturbatory: you are mostly proving to yourself you know something. Even for teachers: knowledge is not learning or insight. Knowledge is readily accessible. How much of what we do is to convince ourselves or to gain affirmation?