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The only thing we know is what we don't know..

 
 
Reply Sun 6 Jul, 2008 12:20 am
Who said something like this? I am under the vague impression that it was a Greek philosopher who said something to the effect that we can only be certain of our own ignorance.
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 6 Jul, 2008 02:15 am
You are on the right track, Robert.

Socrates said:

- As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 6 Jul, 2008 05:29 am
That's not the exact one I was looking for but it brought me to it (also attributed to Socrates):

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

Thanks!
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 6 Jul, 2008 05:52 am
That's the same one, it's just a matter of translation from Greek:

I know that I know nothing
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Mon 7 Jul, 2008 03:54 am
Turns out some think he didn't say it:

The Skeptic scroll down to the Article

I am ignorant of so much, but I haven't anyway of gauging the depth of my ignorance.

Joe(A boater on a murky pond)Nation
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 7 Jul, 2008 08:24 pm
Francis wrote:
That's the same one, it's just a matter of translation from Greek:

I know that I know nothing


I didn't find substantiation to that in the link, but I only glossed. Before seeing Joe's article I had serious doubts about these quotes attributed to him. I suspect the variations are the result of misattribution more so than translation.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 7 Jul, 2008 08:27 pm
Off base, but I like this version.

The more I know, the less I knew.
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