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ignorance combined with experience is worse

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 10, 2016 at 10:08

Going back to the US election I was confronted with the argument that Hillary Clinton had so much experience as secretary of state. To me ignorance combined with experience is worse than ignorance alone. The perception of reality processed without expertise will produce a range of misunderstandings and artefacts that only by virtue of their abundance look like facts. That illusion of knowledge and understanding masquerades as "experience".

Will the lifelong experience of watching grass grow ever make a good farmer let alone give a hint to the structure of DNA? Politics is even worse for the relationship is mutual - unlike the plant that does not watch me. In human affairs he other side always knows their counterpart does not understand.

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